Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)


YPAR is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development in which young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them. YPAR is a cyclical process of learning and action – research is done not just for the sake of it but to inform solutions to problems that young people themselves care about. YPAR can be useful for any young people wanting to make a difference, and is an especially powerful approach for young people who are experiencing marginalization due to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, or other forms of oppression.


Spearheaded by Dr. Emily Ozer, in partnership with Peer Resources,  the YPAR Hub offers a breadth of youth participatory action research  (YPAR) curriculum, resources and background information. The website was recently updated with curriculum responsive to virtual learning and COVID-19.


Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCIRN)

The Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCIRN) is a collaborative network of researchers, service providers, and thought leaders committed to improving health and reducing disease by advancing life course intervention research. LCIRN is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA). The LCIRN YPAR Node focuses on networking and shared opportunities for learning exchange and collaborations across disciplines in the field of YPAR.

Integrating the ‘Insider Expertise’ of Adolescents in School-Based Interventions

Integrating the ‘Insider Expertise’ of Adolescents in School-Based Interventions