Become an Arts Activist Change Agent

ASI utilizes YPAR methodology. Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is a community-based social justice research framework that inclusively supports the leadership and knowledge of youth most impacted by disparities to develop solutions for social, cultural, and political transformation.

1. GROUNDING

The YPAR process begins with participants reflecting on their personal identities and how they are situated within their communities. This helps to focus the work on what participants determine to be important, and to establish them as experts of their own experience.

  • Who are you?
  • Who are your people?
  • What are the assets and challenges within your community?

2. PROBLEM

After reflecting on personal/community identity, participants identify environmental problems or concerns stemming from their personal experience (and/or interests) which they would like to address.

  • What are some environmental problems facing your community?

3. RESEARCH

Participants review existing research to learn more about the problem, using:

  • Critical Reading
  • Media Analysis

4. DATA COLLECTION

Equipped with a combination of personal knowledge and research, participants conduct a further inquiry into their chosen concern, specifically to learn more about how it plays out in their community.

5. DESIGN

What kind of interventions can we design? How can we use art to make an impact?

6. ENACT

  • Once we’ve designed our intervention, it’s time to put the plan into motion! But first, we need to consider…
    • What do we hope to accomplish?
    • Who will be impacted? 
    • How will we measure our impact?

7. REFLECT

After launching our intervention, we assess our impact based on the metrics we established. It is important to include feedback from the community. 

  • In what ways was our intervention successful?
  • What could we have done differently?
  • What’s next?



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