Research Hub for Youth Organizing Partner Spotlight: The Youth First Initiative for Youth Prison Abolition

Oct. 30, 2021

Youth incarceration is a significant issue in the U.S. Each day, nearly 37,000 youth are held in residential facilities -- a term that includes youth prisons -- and many of these young people are young people of color and LGBTQ young people of color. Launched five years ago, The Youth...

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New issue of The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice focused on Youth Organizing

Sept. 30, 2021

A new issue of The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice focused on Youth Organizing in the U.S. was just released. Written by and for organizers, this issue brings together community, labor and electoral youth organizers — including Greisa Martinez of United We Dream, Tynetta Hill-Muhammad of BYP100, James Lopez of...

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Research Hub contributes to new Youth Organizing Field Scan

June 21, 2021

Young activists gained media attention in 2020 for their calls for racial reckoning, immigration rights, and new climate policies. But contrary to popular accounts, youth activism was neither a spontaneous response to current events nor due to the heroic work of individual students. For the past twenty years, young people...


Developing Partnerships for Social Change

March 22, 2021

Although research and inquiry have historically been essential parts of grassroots social movements, the contemporary university is not always compatible with the kinds of research that activists call for. In response, the Research Hub has taken an approach that allows the university to be used in service of those seeking...

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A joint statement condemning white supremacy at the U.S. Capitol

Feb. 2, 2021


Black Lives Matter

June 4, 2020

The Research Hub for Youth Organizing stands collectively as one people, in support of the recent protests across the nation. There is no excuse for the misuse of power and police brutality. There are no words to express the depth of our sorrow for the families and communities of George...

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Collaborating with Youth Organizing Groups and Networks

Sept. 24, 2017

The Research Hub collaborates closely with youth organizing groups and network and provides relevant and timely research to help them deepen and advance their work. This area of work launched in September 2016. Graduate student Tafadzwa Tivaringe and Research Associate Siomara Valladares joined co-Principal Investigator Ben Kirshner in exploring the...

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Schools of Opportunity

Sept. 24, 2017

The Schools of Opportunity Recognition Program recognizes public high schools around the nation that are creating remarkable opportunities to learn for all their students. The Schools of Opportunity project arises out of the reality that existing recognitions strongly favor schools that enroll students who, outside of school, have the richest...

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CU Boulder School of Education Launches Research Hub

Sept. 20, 2017

CU Boulder’s National Education Policy Center (NEPC) and Center for Community-Based Learning and Research (CU Engage) have received funding from the Ford Foundation to launch a research hub that will contribute relevant and timely research about education policy issues. Flipping historical paradigms of university-based research, the goal of the research...

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Engineering Doctoral Students Work for Better Air Quality in Denver Communities

Aug. 5, 2017

David Pfotenhauer, a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering, is working with the organization Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart and residents in Denver to test and improve indoor air quality. He is a member of the 2016-17 cohort of Community-Based Research Graduate Fellows, a program of CU Engage that is now...