Student Training


i4Y trains and mentors undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to be the next generation of leaders in addressing adolescent inequities by providing cross-disciplinary, community partnered training in key health and well-being issues facing youth today. Click here to see a roster of current and past students involved with i4Y.  

If you are interested in a specific i4Y professor's research, we encourage you to submit a cover letter and resume to Your cover letter should include specific faculty that you are interested in working with and your specific area of interest.

YEDI Students

Youth Equity Discovery Initiative (YEDI)

YEDI, our Youth Equity Discovery Initiative, is an initiative of the Berkeley Discovery Initiative, that seeks to expand the discovery experience for undergraduates interested in issues of youth equity. Our YEDI scholars program (formerly known as YES - Youth Equity Scholars) is a year-long research mentorship and apprenticeship program that scaffolds students working on research projects through cascading mentorship, skill-building workshops, and professional development. YEDI is targeted to undergraduate students with lived experiences of inequalities. Students in the YEDI program will cultivate community and supportive relationships among student scholars, their graduate student and faculty mentors, as well as additional faculty and staff, with the goal of providing supportive pathways into careers addressing adolescent inequities and well-being. 

Students apply to YEDI-affiliated faculty URAP positions annually at the start of the Fall semester (affiliated faculty URAP posts contain YEDI information). Selected apprentices are then offered the opportunity to join the YEDI scholars, a group of undergraduates working on youth equity through research projects. These scholars meet regularly for cohort building, skills training, career guidance and mentoring. Click here to review past program evaluations.

Overview and Shared Experiences of i4Y Student Training Opportunities

Student Video