What is YPAR?

 YPAR (Youth-led Participatory Action Research) is an innovative approach to positive youth and community development based in social justice principles in which young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them.

With YPAR You Can:

Redefine who has the expertise to produce knowledge to our world — not just professional adult researchers but young people who are living the issues they are studying.

Provide skills in inquiry, evidence, and presentation that are important to young people’s development as students and agents of positive change in schools and communities.

Generate findings that provides insights into issues faced by young people that they themselves experience, as well as the resources that matter in helping solve those issues.

Promote young people’s sociopolitical development and psychological empowerment such that they understand the roots of problems facing their communities and have the skills and motivation to take action.

Evaluate programs, policies, and practices that affect young people.

See the Approach in Action

Not sure where to start? Not sure that YPAR is right for you? Check out some of the ways that others have used the YPAR approach to inspire you.