Student Success Network is seeking a Facilitator to co-develop and co-implement a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) curriculum. The Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Facilitator will be part of a team, including SSN staff, a partner organization, and a YPAR advisor, creating a web of support for young people. Specific responsibilities include:
- In partnership with SSN staff and practitioners, create overall program structure and materials, drawing from SSN’s library of materials to outline a preliminary curriculum focused on community building, youth-adult partnership, SEL development, examining social and cultural identities with an antiracist lens, and research skills development
- In partnership with SSN staff and practitioners, create a recruitment and selection process that intentionally invites youth with learning differences, whose voices and perspectives are too often excluded from traditional research spaces.
- Assess youth learning styles to provide differentiated and scaffolded learning experiences
- Coach youth as they complete independent and group projects
- Support each youth researcher to identify and actively participate in specific project activities that best nurture their strengths and abilities
- Consult with SSN staff to ensure planned research activities and practices are inclusive and support meaningful participation for all of the youth involved.
- Participate in research team activities, including question formation, development of methodology, data collection, analysis and sense-making, and action-oriented dissemination of findings.
Learn more about Transformative SEL in Action: A YPAR Project here.
The ideal candidate will be:
- Deeply committed to racial equity and anti-racist practices;
- An expert in youth development
- Experienced in directly working with teams of diverse youth, including youth with learning differences (at least 2 years is preferred)
- Experienced in assessing youth learning styles and providing differentiated and scaffolded learning experiences
- Skilled in coaching youth to develop their strengths, abilities, interests, and goals;
- A strong collaborator and effective decision maker;
- Experience synthesizing/integrating content from various sources;
- Interested in research methodology and processes, especially youth-led approaches;
- Passionate about finding creative solutions for students in public education and believes social-emotional well-being is important to student success;
- Excited by the challenges and opportunities for growth in a young, rapidly evolving organization;
Individuals with a background in social work, special education, youth studies, psychology, or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Student Success Network (SSN):
Student Success Network (SSN) is a community of practitioners, youth, and researchers leveraging our collective power to transform programming, practice, and policy. Founded in 2013 by the leaders of 15 education and youth development organizations, the Network was built on a shared understanding that all organizations could serve more students more effectively by collaborating instead of competing.
Most recently, COVID-19 has sharpened the focus of inequitable systems on black, brown, and marginalized communities across the city and has presented unprecedented challenges for Network members. Though intensified now, these barriers have existed long before the pandemic. We know that, as a field, we are not going to see lasting change by doing what’s always been done; programs and interventions are necessary, but not sufficient.
- Conduct research to expand collective knowledge about key challenges and solutions related to inequitable outcomes
- Build practitioner capacity to create stronger organizations, more impactful programming, and better systems
- Fuel collaborations and working groups, in partnership with others throughout the city, to develop policy and practice solutions for key barriers to equitable outcomes
- Elevate youth voice to transform the role youth traditionally play as recipients of services into leaders and decision makers in their organizations, schools and communities;
- Share and scale solutions to disseminate evidence-based practices and approaches