(Photo: 2018 - 2019 YES scholar cohort )
The Youth Equity Scholars (YES) program is a research apprenticeship and mentorship program for Berkeley students which provides supportive pathways into research careers, service, and leadership. We know that Berkeley students are not only top scholars and researchers in training, but many also have direct life experiences of economic, health, and social inequalities. We believe that partnering with people who bring their diverse lived experience to our research makes the work better and more relevant to the needs of young people.
YES scholars have the opportunity to:
- Support research projects to improve adolescent health and wellbeing
- Develop supportive and empowering peer and mentor relationships
- Participate in workshops to discuss critical concepts in research
- Cultivate professional, academic, and leadership skills
- Contribute their voices to shape our community-engaged research projects
The YES program is in line with key signature initiatives in the 2018 Berkeley Draft Strategic Plan, that emphasizes the enhanced undergraduate experience. The YES program proposes that the undergraduate discovery research experiences will extend beyond the individual lab to connect to a broader scholarly community of trainees, faculty, and community partners focused on addressing inequalities in the health, educational, social, economic, and justice domains. Students participating in YES will explore and discuss critical concepts in and approaches to research on youth and inequalities while cultivating professional skills, peer/mentor relationships, and opportunities to contribute their own insights into research making it richer and more relevant.
If you are interested in joining the YES scholars program or would like to learn about other ways to get involved at i4Y, please send your resume and a cover letter listing your interests to i4Y@berkeley.edu. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for our yearly URAP positions.