Designing Youth Participatory Action Research Pathways: Bringing YPAR to DML

Sometimes when you are immersed in a community and surrounded by friends with like-minded interests, beliefs, and ideas, you begin to forget that an entire world that does not understand your lingo or share your experiences exists outside that community.

I re-learn this lesson often in the context of the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) community. I feel so fortunate to have been invited to share my YPAR experiences across multiple audiences over the past few weeks. I participated in an Educator Innovator webinar alongside several members of the UCLA Council of Youth Research to discuss the work that students in East and South Los Angeles have been doing for over a decade to amplify youth voice and advocate for equitable education. I gave a talk at my university about the book I recently wrote with Antero Garcia and Ernest Morrell about this same YPAR community. And, I’m working with Antero Garcia and Danielle Filipiak to publicize a YPAR workshop that we’ll be offering at this year’s Digital Media and Learning Conference.

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