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Public Lecture: What Works for Engaging Young Adults in Youth Programming: A Case Study of the Youth as Researchers ProgrammeDate Released: 15 June 2023
UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre
in association with
The Institute for Lifecourse and Society
University of Galway
is pleased to host a hybrid public lecture by
Dr Kaila Thorn, Hollins University
What Works for Engaging Young Adults in Youth Programming: A Case Study of the Youth as Researchers Programme
Based on the global Youth as Researchers program, this seminar will explore what motivated young people to join the program during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This evidence-based presentation will explore what factors hooked young people to participate in the midst of crisis and suggest ways to develop and refine current and future youth programs to ensure that the youth are interested in the programs.
Kaila works in the areas of youth and community development with further focus into environmental studies, leadership development, program development and evaluation, and research methods. Presently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hollins University in Virginia, an historical women's university. Her focus leans towards participatory action research aimed at youth and environmental activism, youth-led research projects (ages 14-35 years) and understanding more about the interpersonal and leadership skills gained during these projects. When community voices are supported with research their stories can come to life in a new and impactful way, creating changes that directly impact local entities. Her background is in experiential informal and formal education ranging from middle school youth to higher education.
Venue: G006, Institiute for Lifecourse and Society, University of Galway, H91 C7DK, or online via Zoom, link will be issued in advance of event to registered participants.
Date and Time: Thursday, 22 Jun 2023, 13:30 - 14:30 (GMT)