Marieka Schotland, Executive Director

Closed (1) Innovations for Youth (i4Y): Youth Equity Scholars

Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed for this project.

Innovations for Youth (i4Y) is a new cross-discipline center housed in the School of Public Health that catalyzes on innovative interventions, practices and policies to improve equity and well-being for youth locally and worldwide. Our current portfolio includes work on reproductive health, innovative methods, and marginalized youth, such as homeless youth ( In addition, the center is committed to providing high quality student mentorship experiences.

We are looking for undergraduates who are interested in working with our center across a variety of projects and participate in a pilot of a new Youth Equity Scholars program (see below). Examples of current projects include (see for more information):
- assisting a working group focusing on the topic of child marriage and youth empowerment
- assisting a project that evaluates sexual and reproductive services being offered at a youth center in Rwanda by youth health workers
- assisting a working group around youth participatory action research ( examining the role of youth voice and youth participation in interventions, both locally and internationally; Note: this URAP would need to be able to attend a weekly 4pm lab meeting on Mondays youth part action research - assisting on a paper looking at structural interventions that target youth
- assisting a project that examines experiences of violence among homeless youth and a working group focused on ending Bay Area Youth Homelessness
- assisting a new working group around ending youth homelessness
- core center support such as assisting graduate students with center-related projects such as maintaining affiliate databases, literature reviews, taking meeting notes and writing memos, and grant and report support (citations)
- in addition, we are looking for a student with basic design experience to assist in the process of translating i4Y research into compelling website content, social media posts, and newsletters. You will have the opportunity to learn about our core research areas while also working to make research findings accessible to a broad audience of funders, educators, and community members.

Students selected for URAP positions will also participate in our new Youth Equity Scholars (YES) Pilot Program. The YES Program complements the URAP discovery experience with capacity-building sessions focused on adolescent health, wellbeing, and health inequities, as well as supporting research skill development. The program aims to amplify youth experience and expertise in youth research, consistent with campus-wide research initiatives. Students in the YES Program will cultivate community and supportive relationships between scholars themselves, their faculty mentors, and i4Y faculty and staff.

Scholars will be required to attend these capacity-building sessions:
September 13 - 2 to 3:30pm
October 2 - 12:30 to 2pm
November 22 - 12:30 to 2pm
Additionally, some selected workshops will take place in mid-October to mid-November

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Marieka Schotland

Qualifications: Qualifications: Minimum requirements: Interest in learning about how a new research center grows and interest across a wide variety of subjects related to adolescent health and well-being. Desired but not essential: Mature, upper division social science major with a strong work ethic and a curious mind. If you have a particular content area of interest (reproductive health, homeless youth, youth participatory action research, etc), OR a particular project of interest (see please note this in your application.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: 50 University Hall

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