Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Community, School
Target Audience: Middle School, High School
YPAR is based on a variety of social learning, popular education, health promotion, and youth development theories. Key principles of the approach include:
- Youth opinions are solicited, respected, and applied.
- Youth identify their own issues, problems, and possible solutions.
- Youth initiate project ideas, carry out planning, and goal setting.
- Youth drive the process and are involved in all states of decision-making.
- Youth teach other youth.
YPAR utilizes a participatory action research framework that includes the following steps:
- Identify the issue or problem.
- Define what is known about the issue or problem.
- Identify what additional information is needed to understand the issue.
- Determine what methods and approach will be used to collect this information and then work together as a team to accomplish this.
- Use the information for education, understanding, strategic action, and/or community change.
Training resources can be accessed through the CalFresh Healthy Living Statewide Training, Youth Engagement webpage and the CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California Youth Engagement Initiative webpage.
Technical assistance through peer-to-peer exchanges is also available to support organizations learning best practices in implementing YPAR.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Individual||ST1, ST3||MT1, MT3||LT1, LT3|
|Environmental Settings||ST6, ST7||MT5, MT6||LT5, LT6|
|Sectors of Influence||MT9|
CalFresh Healthy Living Statewide Training, California Department of Public Health
Phone: 916) 449-5400
CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California