Each year, the UMKC School of Education hosts a free educational program for teachers, administrators, school counselors, social workers and others committed to quality public education. This year’s event was April 29 and focused specifically on Youth Participatory Action Research, a ground-breaking approach to youth civic engagement.
It’s an innovative approach to positive youth and community development based in social justice principles in which young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their lives, their communities, and the institutions intended to serve them. The focus is on empowering youth to develop themselves and their sociopolitical leadership skills so they are equipped to help remedy problems in their community.
This year’s speaker panel featured Mary Raygoza, Ph.D., St. Mary’s College of California; Adam Matthew Voight, Ph.D., Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State University; and Leo Morton, former UMKC chancellor and current chief operations officer at DeBruce Companies.