Getting Started

Getting Started

Key Reflection Questions: Getting Started

1) Consider your organization’s capacity and the resources (including person time, money, etc) available to you. What is the scope of your organization to tackle these issues?

2) What is the timeline for your project? Consider budgeting appropriate time for icebreakers and team building throughout your project. How will you allocate time for Investigating the Problem, Strategizing for Action and Taking Action?

3) Are your goals simple (your getting started plan), measurable (your Investigating a Problem focus), attainable (your Strategizing for Action plan), realistic (your Taking Action plan)? Is all of this feasible in your timeline?

4) How will you measure the program’s impact on the participants themselves? (ex. Measure levels of empowerment, feelings of having one’s voice heard, grades, attendance etc)?


Whether your team is newly forming or has done YPAR before, we have lesson plans here to help you get started with your new YPAR project. How do you form a team? How can you foster community in your new YPAR team? 

YPAR puts the power in the hands of youth. Some adults don’t believe that youth have the capability to have this power. This section explains adultism, a type of discrimination against young people. These lessons will empower youth to understand their own value and the roots of adultism and will give suggestions on how to foster positive youth-adult partnerships. From icebreakers to establishing ground rules to activities that facilitate adult-youth power sharing, this section will equip you with all the tools you need to jump in.

Before getting started with the YPAR Hub curriculum, check out this toolkit for best practices to help plan out and sustain impactful YPAR projects, informed by insights from the YPAR and developmental science literatures.