Youth Action Researchers at the Intersection

KnowledgeWorks’ Student-Centered Research Collaborative is working with local partners in Providence, Rhode Island to support the second cohort of youth researchers.

This year, the youth researchers selected will be at the intersection in that they 1) identify as a student of color, LGBTQ, English language learner, or come from a low-income household; and 2) have a learning difference. Their projects will focus on ways the American school system can be more responsive and supportive of learners like themselves. The 11-month project will culminate in youth-led presentations at the November 2020 public convening hosted by the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

The first cohort of Youth Researchers deliver the closing plenary at the Research Collaborative’s 2018 convening.
We are partnering with local organizations in Providence to empower and support youth:
  • The Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) serves as the main research partner that will manage local logistics and oversight. This organization has deeply rooted partnerships in the community to build collective power and fight for policies and practices that create equitable opportunities and just outcomes for all students.

  • The Met High School (Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center) is an innovative local public institution where every student has an individualized learning plan built around that child’s needs and interests, through core partnerships between learners, Met advisors, parents, and mentors. The Met High School will be the source of the upcoming cohort of youth researchers.

  • The Youth Development Program at Rhode Island College (YDEV@RIC)prepares professional youth workers for careers with young people in out-of-classroom settings. YDEV@RIC will be the source of mentors and will provide mentor training through a graduate course curriculum that will include the following content areas: theoretical framing, mentoring approaches, and overview of the research process and practice.

  • CAST is an education research and development organization that pursues expanded learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. CAST will provide focused training on UDL for the youth researchers and project support partners/staff.