Student Driven Research

Students Documenting School Experience

Blessing Umoh facilitating at a Charette hosted by Rhode Island Department of Education

Providence
In 2009, our youth conducted groundbreaking research about the everyday experience of students in schools across the State. More than 3,200 high school students from Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket —21% of the public high school students from these cities—were reached through surveys created with the assistance of Brown University. Additionally, more than 300 youth were reached through focus groups that covered the survey questions in great depth.

Read the Executive Summary of our research here!

Read the youths’ report, “Young Voices: Students Documenting School Providence” here!

Read the youths’ report, “Students Documenting School Experience: Central Falls and Pawtucket” here!

Read the youths’ report, “Students Documenting School Experience: Woonsocket” here!

With the support of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, we provided weekly leadership training to students at Central Falls High School and Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence. The students met regularly with school administration. They also conducted research with the student body, gathering student input on the schools’ Reform Plans. Young Voices youth then used this research to create an Action Plan for improving their school.

Here’s the research:

Young Voices: Students Partnering in School Redesign, Central Falls High School

Young Voices: Students Partnering in School Redesign, Juanita Sanchez Report