Our Seat at the Table: Mentorship, Advocacy, & Youth Leadership in Qualitative Research
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This commentary discusses strategies and models for engaging diverse community partnerships through the Youth of Color Needs Assessment, a community-based participatory research project that elevates the voices and experiences of homeless and unstably housed youth of color in King County, Washington. Building upon the lens and expertise of a young Community Advocate thrust into research, it explores the strengths of youth of color leadership and best practices for trauma-informed, relational support for youth leaders and focus group participants alike. These insights offer a youth-centered model for the field grounded in engagement, sustainability, and ethics for research within and for communities at the margins.
KeywordsYouth of color Leadership Advocacy Mentorship Community-based research Needs assessment Homelessness Housing
This research was supported in part by City of Seattle Human Services Department, Giddens Foundation, King County Department of Community & Human Services, Medina Foundation, Pride Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, and United Way of King County. Special thanks to Abla Ali, Angela Ngo, and Karishama Vahora for not only helping to lead this project, but also sharing their insight and expertise about the process.
The views represented in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of the project’s funders or partners.
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