The Research Hub collaborates with youth organizing groups and networks to infuse their work with relevant and timely research around the world. Our current partnerships include twenty-one organizations and four networks.
This is an emerging partnership. Representatives from Colorado’s Philanthropiece and Guatemala’s Asociación Filantropis, both of whom work in the Ixil Triangle in Guatemala, are seeking support with an impact study of their work with indigenous youth, their work on education access to university scholarships, and their social entrepreneurship efforts with community members. The Research Hub has provided research guidance in conceptualizing the documentation process and identifying measurable outcomes for their organizational and programmatic efforts in Guatemala.
We are partnering with CFJ on a radical social dreaming project related to the proposed Schools and Communities First Funding Act, a highly anticipated item on California’s 2020 ballot. The information gathered will help CFJ lay out a new vision for investing in California’s communities based on the dreams, creativity and innovation of young people.
The Research Hub co-created and co-led a youth organizing workshop in 2019 that drew on cases of youth-led education campaigns in Chile and South Africa to provide lessons on base-building and political education for US-based groups in the CPD network. This is the first project in what we hope will be a long-term partnership.
Community Organizers-Researchers Network (COR)
The Research Hub hosted several zoom calls of other university centers to discuss our work and dilemmas of practice. We have had a particularly close relationship with CYCLE (led by Keith Catone) and Metro Center (specifically work led by Megan Hester). These collaborations have led to a variety of spin-off projects, including advising the Partnership for the Future of Learning on how to involve youth in meaningful ways and advising the Metro Center in its design of a Spencer-funded conference for youth organizing groups that are fighting for culturally responsive education.
Equal Education is a member-based organization made up of students, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism. After completing an international study of youth organizing with Tafadzwa Tivaringe and Ben Kirshner, EE and the Research Hub have evolved their partnership to focus on co-developing toolkits and training resources for young adult facilitators.
The Research Hub is partnering wiht FCYO on their Pipelines to Power Initiative (P2P). For this three-year project led by FCYO, we are providing research and evaluation support to the P2P cohort of 15 organizations from across the United States. Our work is to document the various organizational approaches to building political power. Some of the organzations who are indrect partners in this collaboration include: Californians for Justice, Community Coalition, Inner City Struggle, Oakland Kids First, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Poder In Action, Puente, United We Dream, Communities United, Ohio Student Association, Youth United for Change, Make the Road New York, Power U Center for Social Change, El Pueblo, Black Youth Power.
The RH is partnering with FCYO, Dr. Veronica Terriquez, and Dr. Seema Shah to document trends in the last 20 years of youth organizing in the United States.
We are supporting Puente by providing background research on the topic of mental health in schools, regularly consulting with lead organizers and youth, attending high stakes meetings as research allies, and connecting organizers to leaders and youth at Schools of Opportunity.
The RH collaborates with PJU around issues of "organizing in digital spaces." In 2019, we worked with PJU to develop a youth action research project for their 2019 summer program to co-develop a survey about how youth use technology to engage in political organizing.
We also helped them design their YOUTH PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH (YPAR) TEACHER’S TOOLKIT
Created for Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) by the Research Hub for Youth Organizing and Education Policy
RISE Colorado, Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA), African Leadership Group (ALG) and the Rose Community Foundation
With support from the Rose Community Foundation these three community organizations are building a coalition that will work closely with students and families in Aurora Public Schools. We are working to identify research that supports their goal of motivating the district to better meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students and family. As a first step, our team will provide the coalition with an assessment of Aurora Public Schools (APS) Home Language Survey, as well as an analysis of school district data. This analysis, along with the knowledge of the organizers will help inform the coalition’s next steps. It is an exciting opportunity to have our research partnership develop alongside this new coalition and we are seeking additional funding from the CU Office of Outreach and Engagement to pursue this work as part of a long-term research practice partnership.
Founded in 2012, Student Voice runs programming under three major initiatives: amplifying students’ voices, creating a sustainable cycle of student organizing and forming institutional partnerships with students at the forefront. We partner with Student Vice in designing their web-based professional development trainings, developing follow-up curriculum, and securing speakers for their trainings, such as the Ambassador and Action Network Training.
URBAN’s Colorado node brings together educators, organizers, researchers, and activists to develop collaborative research projects that address social justice issues. URBAN Colorado is co-chaired by Antwan Jefferson (UC Denver) and Ben Kirshner (CU Boulder). The Research Hub contributes in-kind support to URBAN planning and events.
Thank you too Lucia Sandoval for the photograph featured above.