Ndola Prata, Professor

Closed (1) Planning for sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Understanding what motivates adolescents to choose between different types of contraceptives and what makes family planning services appealing to them can inform adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs and help identify strategies to make contraceptive methods more accessible and attractive to both current and future users. The overall goal of this project is to develop a digital survey where the results will provide critical information for monitoring and/or developing SRH services for adolescents, including preferences for contraceptive services and methods.

Specific tasks and learning outcomes:
URAP students will partner with a GSR to 1) conduct literature reviews to inform survey development, 2) assist with survey design, 3) help prepare an application to the Committee for Protection of Human Subjects at UC Berkeley, and 4) contribute to data collection and analysis efforts.
Learning outcomes include: 1) in-depth exposure to the development of a research project and survey, 2) understanding of current adolescent SRH service choices, 3) exposure to research administration and protocols, 4) data collection experience, and 5) data analysis experience.

NOTE: Students selected for this project will ALSO participate in a research apprenticeship and mentorship program for undergraduates, called YES (Youth Equity Scholars), run by i4Y (Innovations for Youth - www.i4y.berkeley.edu). 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 REQUIRES attendance at weekly workshops which is not directly part of the research project requirements. Each research project has its own time commitments that are in conjunction with the YES program participation. Workshops will take place virtually EVERY FRIDAY, 2-3pm. The program does require some assignments to be completed between workshops. For more information, please see: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/youth-equity-scholars-yes)

i4Y values equity and inclusion, and highly encourages students from different backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Karen Weidert, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Essential: 1) Strong communication and writing skills as well as attention to detail, 2) Strong initiative and willingness to accept and act on feedback, 3) Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Ideal but not required: 1) Interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and/or issues of equity for youth.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/child-marriage-and-youth-empowerment-group
Related website: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/youth-equity-scholars-yes