Beyond Participation: No Research About Us Without Us

Project Investigator: Mr. Jamison Malcolm

Young people globally are the largest and fastest growing segment of the population. While youth, people aged 15-25, increase in number, the challenge and opportunity facing communities around the world is to create meaningful avenues of participation in civic, economic and academic life. This paper is a narrative research piece describing a youth participatory action research project implemented in Philadelphia in 2017. I describe the youth researchers’ experience of identifying a social justice topic of interest to them, collecting primary qualitative data and reporting their findings. I also describe the impact that participation had on the youth researchers through observational data. Finally, recommendations are given for increasing the scope and impact of the program.

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