This issue brief addresses the benefits and challenges of sponsoring a youth-led research project, specifically Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (a participant-led research program intended to make young people’s voices heard) in a school where students and their friends, families, and teachers confront daily difficulties posed by poverty and its attendant ills. It finds that a youth-empowerment framework has particular value in this context, but poses unique challenges to program design.
Anyon, Y., and Naughton, S. (2003). Youth Empowerment: The Contributions and Challenges of Youth-Led Research in a High-Poverty, Urban Community. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.