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Youth Voice in Poverty Solutions

The project: Young people should participate in institutions and decisions that affect their lives, but youth are not usually involved when adults make anti-poverty policy decisions. The purpose of the project is to amplify the voices of young people in community-based strategies against poverty.

The process: Researchers worked with adult advisers at several schools and community organizations in racially-segregated and economically-disinvested areas, as well as some higher-income areas for comparison, to identify young people to be involved in the project. They asked young people to discuss issues they observe or experience in their everyday lives and then produce videos sharing their perspective on the issues.

Results: See youth-produced videos supported by this project through the Youth Civil Rights Academy.

Katie Richards-Schuster, U-M School of Social Work
Barry Checkoway, U-M School of Social Work