THE YOUTHSCAN PROJECT
A statewide initiative to elevate youth voice on the biggest needs facing Colorado
We partner with classrooms, high schools, and youth organizations across the state to gather data on a meaningful scale to help inform decision-makers about the biggest needs facing youth in real time. Everyone is trying to maximize the impact of limited resources. This project will get real data in real time — straight from young people themselves who are living the reality of COVID across the state — to help all of us make better decisions on supporting young people during a rapidly changing environment.
There’s an opportunity deficit for youth looking to do community impact work. The project gives youth an outlet for during a time of isolation and helplessness. Young people have a unique perspective about issues facing our communities because they’re living them every day. Research suggests that youth know the issues three years before adults. This knowledge is a critical resource that is vastly underutilized.
Schools, districts, and teachers are burdened with the impossible task of educating students safely during COVID-19. The YouthScan Project was designed as ten individually-driven sessions for schools to implement during periods of remote learning. The program requires no work from schools, and students will deliver a complete portfolio at the end of the project. The program touches upon 28 Colorado Academic Standards.
We will collect and analyze the results coming in from all corners of the state. We will then funnel this information to decision-makers to provide greater voice to the biggest issues facing youth in our communities. The results will be in real time, giving leaders in government, education, and philanthropy the ability to respond to emerging issues much more quickly.
AT A GLANCE
Students know the issues facing their schools and communities three years before adults. This project seeks to tap into this insightful perspective on a meaningful scale to help inform decision-making across our great state. The immediate and rapidly changing needs related to COVID-19 make it even more critical that we’re able to respond to emerging needs more quickly.
The YouthScan Project is an initiative of YouthRoots, a Colorado-based nonprofit with the mission of unleashing the power of youth to change the world.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The YouthScan Project is a data project that taps into the collective knowledge of young people.
We will partner with districts and high schools across the state to gather data on a meaningful scale to help inform decision-makers about the biggest needs facing youth in real time. Everyone is trying to maximize the impact of limited resources. This project will get real data in real time — straight from young people themselves who are living the reality of COVID across the state — to help all of us make better decisions on supporting young people during a rapidly changing environment.
“I didn’t have the courage to step up and be a leader before. I didn’t have the bravery to start the conversation. Now, I can speak up, and loudly.”
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The YouthScan Project is a recipient of The Education Innovation Fund, supported by Gates Family Foundation, Lyra Colorado, Empower Schools, RESCHOOL Colorado, the Donnell-Kay Foundation, Colorado Succeeds, and RootED.