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Youth as Researchers Initiative | Penn State Center Pittsburgh

Youth as Researchers Initiative | Penn State Center Pittsburgh | $12,536 Catalytic Grant

The implementation of the Youth as Researchers Initiative will allow young people to actively engage in the research of key issues specific to their life experiences and develop action steps or policy recommendations that apply to their collective community experience. Through this initiative, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chairs- Mark Brennan from PennState and Pat Dolan from Ireland will train community development practitioners to support and teach youth how to engage in research on issues of interest to them and ultimately their communities. The training will prepare practicioners to facilitate and support the conducting of valid, reliable research based on established social research principals throughout the summer of 2017, ensuring that collected data, identified concepts or constructs are translated into a functioning operating reality.

The Initiative is co-convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Hill House intends to use the training for their Preventing Youth Violence: Examining the Effectiveness of and Intervention to Facilitate Collective Efficacy among Youth and Adults study. Program neighborhood representation includes Hilltop, Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Millvale, Wilkinsburg and program partners include UrbanKind Institute, Homewood Children’s Village, The Hill House, the Kingsley Association and members of the Conference.

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