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Healthy Youth Development


New - Youth Participatory Action Research Curriculum​ ​

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is one way youth serving organizations (such as schools, local public health departments, community-based organizations) can authentically engage youth in policies and programs that impact their lives. The YPAR Curriculum was developed in partnership with the Institute for Community Research (ICR) as a tool to support youth-adult partnerships and help youth-serving organizations integrate youth voice into their work. The YPAR Curriculum:

  • Provides step-by-step instructions and activities for guiding a group of young people through the action research process.
  • Is meant to be adapted to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization or entity, including the needs of the youth participants, timeframe, and specific social or health topic.
  • Is based in research conducted by the ICR, and experiences of the Adolescent Health Program.


Please contact Liz Thorne, Adolescent Health Policy & Assessment Specialist for more information on upcoming training opportunities related to the YPAR Curriculum, or if you have any questions: (971) 673-0377