Youth Action Researchers at the Intersection

This year, the youth researchers selected are at the intersection in that they:

  1. Identify as a student of color, LGBTQ, English language learner or come from a low-income household
  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.

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.

Explore more about the YARI Project


Funding for this study provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Oak Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.

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