Julianna Deardorff, Professor

Closed (2) Promoting youth engagement to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes: Developing a coding guide

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Project Description: Innovations for Youth, or i4Y, is a cross-disciplinary, innovative research hub addressing issues of youth equity through collaborative research, training and community engagement. i4Y is currently partnering with ETR, a non-profit focused on health equity for youth, for a project that aims to understand how sexual and reproductive services can meaningfully engage youth. ETR is building a Youth Engagement Network, or YEN, to increase the number and accessibility of practices and interventions that effectively engage youth in programs, services, and efforts that seek to improve their sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Specifically, we are trying to provide the YEN with a stronger understanding of current practices and strategies that best engage our priority populations: LGTBQ+ youth of color, cisgender heterosexual young men of color, and youth from rural communities. In an effort to do so, i4Y has conducted and transcribed interviews with youth stakeholders that have worked directly with our priority populations, as well as held listening sessions to hear directly from our priority populations.

Position Description: We will use the interview/listening session transcripts to summarize our findings. URAP students will perform qualitative coding and will be expected to work independently and collaboratively to find and discuss common themes from the transcripts. Students will collaborate on a summary of research findings to present to ETR.

Specific expectations include:
-- In-depth reading and qualitative coding of stakeholder interview transcripts (~15) and youth listening sessions (~3)
-- Qualitative coding will include: collaboratively summarize and pull themes from the transcripts in order to develop a coding guide for our partners
-- Literature review and training may be necessary if unfamiliar with qualitative coding
-- Keep track of progress and maintain email correspondence as necessary
-- Attendance at weekly team meetings


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Marieka Schotland, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Equity and inclusion are core values of i4Y and this project. We highly encourage students from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to apply. Essential: - Hard working and reliable, strong initiative. - Organized and thorough, excellent attention to detail. - Ability to work well independently and in a team. - Ability to set and meet deadlines. - Willing to accept and act on feedback. - Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. - Interest in improving youth engagement and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Ideal, but not necessary: - Experience working with qualitative data. - Experience with qualitative coding and summarizing. - Experience as or working with our youth priority populations. **Students without direct research experience who have other relevant demonstrated skills are still highly encouraged to apply. URAP students will benefit from working with a great team and a cascading mentorship.** NOTE: Students selected for this project will be given the opportunity to participate in the YES (Youth Equity Scholars) program, which is a research apprenticeship and mentorship program for undergraduates. YES, is a pathway of the Youth Equity Discovery Initiative (YEDI), a three school partnership focused on providing discovery experiences around issues of youth equity for undergraduates. The YES Program complements the URAP discovery experience through a year-long program utilizing cascading mentorship, skill-building workshops, and professional development. Students in the YES program will cultivate community and supportive relationships between scholars themselves, their graduate and faculty mentors, as well as i4Y faculty and staff, with the goal of providing supportive pathways into careers addressing adolescent inequities and well-being. The YES program will offer 1 additional unit beyond URAP units through attendance at skill-building workshops including faculty and graduate panels, quantitative and qualitative methods training, and community/cohort building activities. The YES program will take place on FRIDAYS, from 10am-12pm, alternating weeks between workshops and independent assignments. For more information, please see: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/youth-equity-scholars-yes) YES values equity and inclusion, and highly encourages students from different backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Related website: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/youth-equity-scholars-yes
Related website: https://www.etr.org/