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Research Hub for Youth Organizing

The Research Hub for Youth Organizing supports young people's capacity to claim power and create more just communities through field-driven research.

We advance youth participation and leadership by co-creating and sharing research and curriculum with youth organizers, teachers, education leaders and policy makers.

Founded in 2016 with support from the Ford Foundation, we are housed in the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Education and comprised of staff, faculty, researchers and graduate students affiliated with CU Engage and the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).

Examples of our work from our first two years include:

  • Co-designing a YPAR toolkit and web platform to support new youth chapters working with local organizing groups in Colorado.
  • Building a curriculum about social movements in the global south for partners in South Africa.
  • Recognizing 45 high schools across the nation as Schools of Opportunity. 
  • Co-publishing a policy memo and report establishing the research evidence supporting community schools as an effective school improvement strategy with the Learning Policy Institute. 
  • Providing evaluation support to new initiatives and developing lessons for the field on how youth organizers build political power.

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