Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

Engaging and sustaining adolescents in Community-Based Participatory Research: Structuring a youth-friendly CBPR environment

Merves, M.L., MSW, MA, Rodgers, C.R.R., Ph.D., Silver, E.J., Ph.D., Heather Sclafane, H.J., MS, MCHES, Bauman, L.J.,Ph.D.

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This paper outlines how to structure a youth-friendly community-based participatory research environment to maintain strong partnerships over time. It highlights a case study from Bronx Youth as Partners in Community-Based Participatory Research which aimed to prevent and reduce mental health and other health disparities among both Latino and Black adolescents in the Bronx. Key components to positive partnerships with youth include acknowledging the developmental needs and capacities of youth, understanding the autonomy and experience in decision-making youth have, and being aware of the age timeline that youth are considered adolescents before becoming adults. Strategies for implementing these components include using a Youth Development framework that is a strength-based approach to engagement, integrates structure, uses paid trained staff, accommodates times around schedules, and ensures activities are engaging and youth-friendly. Authors note the importance in offering opportunities for youth to take on tasks that build on their strengths and interests.

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Capacity Building, Partnership Building, Reduction of Health Disparities

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Asian, Hispanic, Latino, or Latinx, Youth and Young Adults

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