Youth Engagement to foster peaceful societies in the Caribbean

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Youth Engagement to foster peaceful societies in the Caribbean

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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


Identifying factors hindering youth participation in policy formation as it relates to Peace Citizen Safety and Security in Jamaica

Open the Factsheet

An investigation into the impact of the Zone of Special Operations on Human and Social Development in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica

Open the Factsheet

Exploring the barriers and benefits of Civil Society Organizations across Jamaica – A youth perspective

Open the Factsheet

Youth Researchers present findings on Peace and Citizen Security in Jamaica