Marieka Schotland, Executive Director

Closed (1) Innovations for Youth (i4Y): Senior* Youth Equity Scholars (YES) * Only open to undergraduates who have already participated in the YES program in previous academic years

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

Innovations for Youth (i4Y) is a cross-discipline center 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 research methods including youth voice, and marginalized youth, such as homeless youth (

i4Y is committed to providing high-quality student training experiences through our research apprenticeship and mentorship program for undergraduates, called YES (Youth Equity Scholars). 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:

This URAP post is for undergraduates that completed the YES program during the 2019-2020 academic year. The role of "senior" YES students will include working closely with the program facilitators to provide input and direction on 1) curriculum planning, 2) workshop facilitation, and 3) evaluation and feedback.

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

Qualifications: i4Y values equity and inclusion, and highly encourages students from different backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply. REQUIRED: Participation in the YES program during the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 academic years.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: School of Public Health, 2121 Berkeley Way
5th Floor, Berkeley Way West Building, Room 5401

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