YEAR is a youth-led , adult support organization that empowers high school students
Youth for Education, Advocacy and Reform YEAR is a youth-led, adult supported organization that empowers high school students, including at-risk and challenged youth. YEAR offers fundamental participatory action research (PAR) training and organizing skills to the youth to develop meaningful student involvement in shaping education policy. One of our objectives includes ensuring that the youth are empowered as leaders to take constructive actions on issues that affect their lives. Studies show that meaningful student involvement is vital to decreasing the dropout rate, promotes social change and enhancing leadership skills. YEAR models the VOYCE Project of Chicago, a youth-led organization who performed local research and traveled nationally performing classrooms observations and interviews with peers, parents, teachers and administrators. This research provided information to help students understand why some student graduate and others dropout. YEAR meetings consist of training, collection and evaluation of interviews and surveys. The students of YEAR meet twice a month. The youth are trained to develop key learning questions to guide their research, and then based on the learning questions the youth will design and conduct a high-level research project.
Students from all high schools in the city of Newark, New Jersey participate with YEAR
"Making a difference by being the difference"
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