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We transform graduation pathways, by co-creating them with young people, to be culturally-responsive and community-informed. Our Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) internship recruits and pays students to research graduate profiles and capstone projects. Interns gain research experience, engage with their communities and peers, and have the opportunity to share their voices with those who have positional power to make change.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand ways students can be empowered to lead in their own learning journey.
  2. Understand that students and community members are experts of their experiences and we, as educators, can uplift their voices.
  3. Examine how YPAR is an effective method for engaging students in their learning journey and communities.


  • Grace Granillo, Future Focused Education
  • Ian Esquibel, Oak Hill Coaching & Consulting
  • Brandon Garcia-Arvizo, Amy Biehl High School
  • Tiara Sibley, Amy Biehl High School