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Understanding the development of civic identities and participation amongst minoritized youth in an activist community

Primary Investigator(s): Enid Rosario-ramos

Funding Agency: National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation

Period: 9/1/2014 - 6/30/2016

This study investigates the development of civic engagement skills and participation in social action among minoritized youths living in urban contexts. The project utilizes Participatory Action Research (PAR) to examine how educational programs’ instructional approaches and initiatives promote students’ civic identity and participation. It is hoped that such a study can contribute to knowledge on innovative approaches that can involve youth, particularly those living in low-income communities of color—who have disproportionately low rates of civic participation (Levinson, 2009)—in civic action on behalf of their communities, as well as elaborate a more nuanced and robust definition of civic identity and engagement.