Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

MyCom, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, has implemented the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project as a strategy to engage youth in policies and programs that impact their lives.

YPAR is a youth development model that engages youth as researchers and experts on their own experiences that can, in turn, harness those youth voices to speak on issues that are impacting their lives with decision-makers and community leaders.

Youth and adults work as partners to learn about research methods to work as a team to identify and conduct research on an issue that impacts their lives, peers, and communities.

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Starting in September, MyCom is seeking to establish 3 YPAR projects across Greater Cleveland. This project will focus on the youth creating a Violence Reduction Plan researched, planned and implemented by youth. The project will be lead by a local community violence reduction agency.

Youth will receive $1,000 Stipend for Participation, must be eligible for a job through Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and between the ages of 14 through 18.

Program is 6 weeks and meets twice per week.

Project Locations: Lonnie Burton, Thurgood Marshall, and Zelma George Recreation Center.

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  • “MyCom Youth Development Initiative aims to engage via education, such amazing out-of-school opportunities as they recognize that youth who are bullied are more likely to feel disconnected from school."
    Curtis Benjamin
  • "MyCom has extended hundreds of youth exceptional opportunities to grow, expand their knowledge and express their voice in so many ways. I can honestly say that the youth are not the only ones who are learning, growing and having wonderful exposure opportunities. This adult is a beneficiary of countless blessing as well."
    Brenda Pryor
    MyCom Coordinator
  • "It was amazing, and really made me think of my community more, and how I can change it"
    Brandan Newton
    Anton Grdina FLOW Participant

MyCom will enact our mission with race and equality at the forefront of our work as we always have. We will use our thought-leadership, funding, advocacy, and network to redesign service delivery. Together we will rethink infrastructure and create solutions that eliminate access to healthcare, cyclical poverty, access to quality education, housing stability, and other barriers that have impacted black lives.

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