The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires researchers to give due weight to youth voices on matters that impact them. The past year’s global events including the COVID-19 pandemic and the BLM movement augment the need to understand youth perspectives and experiences. Many researchers and clinicians value youth input, but lack the funds or staffing to develop a Youth Advisory Board. In turn, adolescents are in need of social connection, positive adult mentor relationships, and career exposure. Funding is therefore meant to provide initial support for investigators and clinicians interested in creating an adolescent YAB.
Qualified proposals must outline a plan to build a YAB, the members of which will inform adolescent health- related research projects or programs, or clinical processes or projects. Applicants may consider using our recently published manuscript in the Journal of Adolescent Health which describes perspectives and processes to consider in the development of a YAB.
Funding will be available for up to 10 projects with a maximum of $4,500 to support efforts to create a YAB to inform adolescent health research or adolescent clinical care.
For more information and application instructions, download the request for applications.
Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT), University of Wisconsin – Madison
Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) Program