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Youth Participatory Action Research Curriculum​ ​

​Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is one way organizations serving youth (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.

Introduction to Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Webinar​ ​

This webinar provides an overview of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). It covers the history of YPAR, how YPAR differs from “traditional research” and practical considerations for organizations or communities interested in using YPAR as a method for youth engagement and positive youth development.
 

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:
elizabeth.k.thorne@state.or.us (971) 673-0377