YoUthROC Research Team

YoUthROC is a community and University-connected youth research team that works out of North Minneapolis. We support the growth of Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR), and we are working to develop public, accessible space committed to youth, kinship, and action through the University of Minnesota's Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). At YoUthROC we center BIPOC youth and other marginalized communities (BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

The team aims to:

  1. Provide support and training for youth research;
  2. Conduct YPAR projects that bring us closer to our goal of developing an accessible research space that centers and empowers BIPOC youth;
  3. Model kinship, nourish connections, and sustain reciprocal community partnerships; and
  4. Reclaim Northside spaces and return them to spaces that serve the community's BIPOC youth.

The team is guided by words of elder, scholar, author and civil rights leader Josie R. Johnson:

For the ancestors who struggled for me
For the future generations for whom I struggle
Always in love and always for justice

For information on UROC's YPAR activities or to get in touch with the YoUthROC team, contact Shaunassey Johnson or Amina Smaller on Instagram @youthroc.umn, or email College of Education and Human Development Lecturer Abby Rombalski at Follow on Twitter @umnyouthroc.



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