Colette (Coco) Auerswald, Professor

Closed (1) The impact of COVID-19 on youth experiencing homelessness: Analysis and dissemination of results of a community-based youth-led survey

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Over the course of the past year, our student team worked in collaboration with community-based youth interns to gather web-based survey data from youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, home to 15% of youth experiencing homelessness (YEH) in California. We surveyed a total of 386 youth regarding COVID-19-related changes their ability to engage in activities necessary for their successful trajectory to adulthood. We are now focused on the analysis and dissemination of our findings. URAP students will work alongside youth interns from Alameda and San Francisco Counties to run analyses, finalize our report, and distribute survey findings through a variety of formats, including social media. Students will be trained in ethics, team-based research, data management, data analysis, research report writing, and dissemination of the findings. Students will gain skills in research analysis, team-based community collaborative research, youth advocacy, and dissemination of research findings. We have a robust team of URAP students already. **We are specifically looking for an undergraduate with strong quantitative analysis skills to join our team.**


Specific tasks:
-- Analyze survey results using frequencies, bivariate analyses, and, if possible, logistic regression;
-- Collaborate with the team to draft and finalize the report of our findings, including create visual representations of the survey findings;
-- Strategize ways to share survey findings across a variety of platforms;
-- Collaborate and communicate with community partners that serve youth experiencing homelessness in SF/Alameda Counties to disseminate survey results and advocate for needs of youth experiencing homelessness;
-- Utilize social media presence to share findings and advocate on behalf of YEH.

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 with other YES scholars, as well as with their graduate and faculty mentors, and 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. Applicants who have a conflict with this time are still encouraged to apply.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jessica Wright, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Qualifications: Equity and inclusion are core values of this project. We highly encourage students from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to apply. Essential: 1) We are particularly interested in engaging students who have worked with people who have experienced homelessness OR with marginalized youth populations OR who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity themselves. 2) Strong skills in data analysis. 3) Interest in working in research and/or community engagement. 4) Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member. 5) Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and strong initiative. 6) Willing to accept and act on feedback; 7) Good communication skills. 8) Open to students who are at least in their 2nd year. Preferred: Strong writing skills. Note: Students without research experience who have other relevant demonstrated skills are encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/what-we-do/marginalized-youth-settings
Related website: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/youth-equity-scholars-yes

Closed (2) You Count: California Youth Homelessness Data Project

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

In collaboration with the Sacramento-based California Homeless Youth Project (CHYP), this project aims to create a geographical information system (GIS) and data visualization tool that integrates data from disparate sources on youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in California. This intersectional information hub will gather data from several databases to bolster advocacy efforts and improve data analysis with the long-term goal of ending homelessness for youth and young adults in California.
During the first phase of the project, we will leverage existing governmental data collected according to the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and by the California Department of Education.
We will then collect additional data from community partners in 6 counties/regions, including 3 rural and 3 urban counties. They include: Central Sierra Counties, and Humboldt, Mendocino, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Sacramento Counties. The resulting data visualization tool will elevate statewide efforts to shed light on and increase resources for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in California.


Specific tasks:
-- Collaborate with project leads in developing research plan
-- Collect and organize raw data from a variety of different sources, including but not limited to HUD mandated and California Department of Education data,
-- Reach out to community partners and communities to locate additional data sources regarding youth experiencing homelessness
-- Support project leads to develop a GIS data visualization tool
-- Raise awareness for and help disseminate visualization to the community
-- Assist project leads create a template for streamlined data collection of homelessness services and housing for youth and young adults
-- Advocate for needs of youth experiencing homelessness
--Performs administrative responsibilities, including: meeting scheduling, note taking, meeting logistical support, data entry, etc.
--Other duties as assigned
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 with other YES scholars, as well as with their graduate and faculty mentors, and 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. Applicants who have a conflict with this time are still encouraged to apply.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Claire Genese, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Qualifications: Equity and inclusion are core values of this project. We highly encourage students from all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to apply. Essential: 1) We are particularly interested in engaging students from marginalized backgrounds who have lived experience with homelessness OR have worked with people who have experienced homelessness OR with marginalized youth populations. 2) Interest in working in research and/or data analysis. 3) Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member. 4) Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and strong initiative. 5) Open to accept, act on, and provide feedback. 6) Good communication and writing skills. 7) Experience working with or in community-based organization for youth and/or for people experiencing homelessness. Preferred: Background in GIS and other data visualization tools (PowerBI, Python, Canva, etc.). Passionate about working with adolescents and young adults. Familiarity with one or more of the regions we are focusing on.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: https://sph.berkeley.edu/colette-auerswald
Related website: https://i4y.berkeley.edu/youth-equity-scholars-yes