Youth as Researchers
On Peace, Citizen Security and Safety
Help produce knowledge to drive change in your community
The Youth as Researchers (YAR) methodology was developed by the UNESCO Chairs at the National University of Ireland Galway and Penn State University, USA. The focus of the methodology is for young people to participate in research and enhance their capacities during the process. Youth are supported through training, mentoring and coordination. UNESCO will employ the methodology in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to ensure that youth are meaningfully engaged in knowledge production on peacebuilding and citizen security.
YAR in Jamaica: Youth Researchers Present Findings on Peace and Citizen Security
The first Youth as Researchers (YAR) pilot was rolled out in Jamaica in the framework of the Amplifying Youth Voice and Action to address Citizen Security and Safety (AYVA) project coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Over five months, UNESCO provided intensive training in basic social science methods, sessions on Youth, Peace and Security concepts, as well as mentoring and coaching for three YAR groups that brought together participants aged 18-30 from Jamaica. The young participants addressed the following topics through their research projects: Government Programmes on Peace and Security; Youth-centric Policy-Design for Peace, Citizen Safety and Security; Youth Engagement and CSOs in Peace, Citizen Safety and Security.
Results and Recommendations