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Dana L. Mitra

Pennsylvania State University

Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She recently released a book with Teacher’s College Press entitled The Empowered Professor: Breaking the Unspoken Codes of Inequity in Acad­­emia. Dana is founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and Co-Editor of The American Journal of Education. She has published over 40 papers on the topics of student voice, civic engagement, and making a difference. The second edition of her textbook—Educational Change and the Political Process has just been published with Routledge. Previous books include Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Engagement in an Era of Accountability and Student voice in school reform: Building youth-adult partnerships that strengthen schools and empower youth

Email Dana Mitra at: dlm54@psu.edu

NEPC Publications

NEPC Review: Youth Engagement in Collective Impact Initiatives: Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods (Urban Institute, December 2020)

Youth Engagement in Collective Impact Initiatives: Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods

Youth engagement allows young people to participate in decision-making processes about programs and policies that affect them. Drawing on data from the federal Promise Neighborhood initiative, the Urban Institute has published the report, Youth Engagement in Collective Impact Initiatives: Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods. The strengths and challenges presented in the report do align with previous research regarding the contexts that enable and constrain youth engagement, but the report fails to make these connections explicit. Overall, while championing youth engagement, the report misses an opportunity to influence future policy and practice.

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