Actualizing the Potential of Youth after the School Bell Rings: The Youth Development Research Practice Partnership (YDRPP)
What do children and adolescents do with their time and minds after the school day ends? What systems support youth over time to mature and reach their potential in adulthood? These two questions are at the core of a research practice partnership and study launched in 2019 by CSRRR Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Diedre Houchen. Convening an interdisciplinary team of scholars across UF and other institutions, the YDRPP project is focused on youth development in “out of school time”- organized or informal activities that youth participate in after school, evening, on weekends, and during summer. In the first phase of the project, the YDRPP conducted an exploratory study with Alachua County Youth Program providers within the Bettering Out of School Time (BOOST) network. The findings of that study provide a fundamental understanding of the nature of youth and their developmental needs, highlights the work of Alachua County youth and establishes a shared language for all those engaged in supporting children and youth in Alachua County.
In June, July and August of 2019, the YDRPP presented their findings to the City of Gainesville Commission, the Children’s Trust of Alachua County, and the School Board of Alachua County respectively. YDRPP shared the framework which undergirds evidence based youth development programs and shared the needs related to youth, race, and racial disparities in Alachua County. YDRPP is now entering into the next phase of their study. You can find a copy of the research statement here and an interview with Dr. Houchen and Dr. Wegner (UF HHP) here!
When They See Us
On October 22, 2019 CSRRR co-sponsored a discussion on race, crime and justice with the W. George Allen Chapter of the Black Law Students Association. The event, centered on the Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five case, “When They See Us.” The panel included Professor Kenneth Nunn, Professor Sarah Wolking, History Professor Steven Noll, and 3L Dalia Figueredo. CSRRR Director, Katheryn Russell-Brown, moderated the discussion. Over 150 people attended the event to learn more about the case and dialogue on the ethical and professional responsibilities of attorneys practicing criminal law.