Marginalized Youth & Settings


Marginalized youth suffer from significant disparities in health and wellbeing yet do not benefit from research or innovative interventions to the same extent as other youth.

  • Marginalized youth include youth marginalized by homelessness, being pushed out of school, sexual minority status, racism, poverty, immigration, and other factors.
  • These social determinants of health not only affect youth by limiting their access to opportunity but can also get embedded into their physical body through toxic stress.

I4Y is committed to:

  • Describing the effects of the social determinants of health on the health and wellbeing of marginalized youth;  
  • Understanding how these social determinants can be modified to provide youth with the scaffolding to transition into successful adults;
  • Collaborating with community stakeholders to pilot, evaluate and disseminate structural interventions that address youth inequities in real-world settings.

A Second Chance in the Second Decade: Adolescence as a Key Developmental Window to Transform Population Health


Current Projects

Ending Youth Homelessness Catalyst Group

Sponsored by i4Y, the aim of this Catalyst Group is to catalyze the synergy between research and practice to contribute to the elimination of youth homelessness both in the Bay Area as well as on the UC Berkeley campus.

Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program

Dr. Colette Auerswald from i4Y, Dr. Marguerita Lightfoot from UCSF, and Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services, are among 15 teams nationally selected as Interdisciplinary Research Leaders.

Past Projects

We Count, California!

Increasing the visibility of homeless youth in federal counts.

Young Adult Photovoice Project

Addressing food insecurity among unstably housed youth