ELAYO: Empower Latino Youth
Training: Our Youth Advisory Group continues to meet quarterly, providing essential youth perspective on project activities.
Research: ELAYO has finished qualitative data collection in Watsonville, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Fresno. Our postdoctoral fellow, Emily Mann, is leading the team in data analysis and ongoing interviewer training. Interviews were also conducted with stakeholders who work with Latina/o youth and Latina/o adults who first became parents as teenagers. Findings from the qualitative data were used to inform the web-based survey that is currently in the pilot phase. Data collection for the quantitative survey portion recently finished in May 2013 and analysis is currently ongoing.
Strategic Communications: ELAYO advocates for policies, programs, and practices that support Latina/o youth working with our community partner, CLRJ. The ELAYO team will implement a dissemination plan to share findings that includes:
- Community briefs to disseminate research findings to lay readers and media outlets.
- Policy briefs that target key policymakers and policy advocates.
- Regional convenings and community science dialogues for a range of audiences (i.e., CBOs, parents, educators, heathcare providers)
- Creation of an online multi-media communication tool kit.
- Peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and regional conferences.
- Dissemination of the four documentaries produced for ELAYO (by Rachel Poulain's Cinema 527 students completed in May 2012). The films are currently available on the web and you can also request a DVD if you are interested in sharing the films.
Ford Foundation Grantee Partner Convening: HEI and the ELAYO team co-hosted the Grantee Partner Convening in San Francisco for grantees and community partners involved in the Ford Foundation's Sexuality Research Initiative. Grantees and Community Partners from all six sites across the country came together to share progress, explore emerging common themes and identify opportunities for collaboration.
Funder: Ford Foundation
- Miguel Alcala
- Vanessa Cardona
- Maria Gapasin
CORE Student Intern
- Carmen Gomez Mandic, MPH ScD
- Emily Mann, Ph.D.
- Vanessa Mercado, MPH
- Abel Murillo
- Miguel Torres
- Vanessa Torres
- Elodia Villaseñor
Crossroads Collaborative (University of Arizona) - The Crossroads Collaborative brings stories and numbers together through action-oriented research with academics, youth serving organizations, and youth from the community to develop knowledge, increase understanding, amplify youth voice, and shift public discourses on policies regarding youth sexuality, health, and rights. http://mcclellandinstitute.arizona.edu/crossroads
Detroit Youth Passages (University of MIchigan) - Examining and transforming the structural conditions that contribute to sexual vulnerability among residentially unstable youth in Detroit. Identifying what is needed, how to help, and where policy makers and others can make a difference. http://detroityouthpassages.org/
Face Value, a project of the Tides Center, is a culture change agent working to eliminate stigma associated with being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. They convene interdisciplinary teams comprised of academics, advocates, applied researchers and strategists to undertake new social science research to expose the underlying social and psychological root causes of society's discomfort and disapproval of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, translating these findings into evidence-based communication and community engagement models designed to disrupt stigma by fundamentally changing how we, as a society, understand, relate to, and communicate about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Their methods include real-time field experiments to test and validate the effectiveness of these strategies. http://facevalueproject.org
Public Health Institute's Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Project (University of California, Berkeley, and Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific) - Expanding the theoretical and empirical foundations of comprehensive sexuality education, critically examining the validity and integrity of sexuality education research and its use, and conducting a wide range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research on adolescent sexuality, health, and rights. http://crahd.phi.org