Our Approach

Stepping Stones


These tools support you—youth activists, educators, adult allies and intergenerational teams—to design YPAR projects of your own. Together our communities can heal and thrive across generations.

Our 6 Core Values
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Our relationships to each other, to place, and to culture are the most important assets we have.

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Our communities are always learning, growing and evolving.

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Through investing in our youth, we invest in our future.

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We leverage the wisdom of our communities.

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We center those most impacted by the issue at hand.

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We make decisions for the future and well-being of all.

How were these applied

to real projects?

See Stories


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Learn more about how you can apply these activities to fit your unique needs.

Start with Stepping Stone 1 for an introduction to youth participatory action research (YPAR, a.k.a. Youth REP, youth-led action research, CBPR).

For an overview of the full process, download our Stepping Stones poster:

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Get Ready For
Your Project

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Get to Know Your
Project & Team

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Choose a Focus: What
Do You Want to Change?

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Develop Your
Research Plan

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Practice Research Skills

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Conduct Research

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Analyze Your Data

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Create & Share Final

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Take Action