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CYPAR Study in Youth Leadership Development

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the CYPAR Study in Youth Leadership Development. On this page, you can learn more about the study, get access to important study forms, and get help answering your questions.

The project is underway, and the survey is now closed. Thank you for being so supportive.

About the Study

Using a Critical Youth Participatory Action Research (CYPAR) model, this study’s goal is to uplift the voices of young people negatively impacted by youth leadership development in some way. Through CYPAR, this study will create a space where its participants can share their experiences and create an initiative that would better meet their needs. Given the numerous studies on youth leadership development, many do not recognize or address the needs of youth who report having a negative relationship with current leadership ideas. The study aims to contribute to the ongoing understanding of youth leadership development practices.  


In this study, students will work in a group of ten other high school students from throughout the country. Together participants will collaborate in co-developing a leadership development initiative from mid-January 2022 to the end of February 2023. Throughout the experience, participants will have the opportunity to make new relationships, gain critical thinking and research skills, and provide ample opportunities for consensus building and teamwork. Each participant will receive a stipend for their contributions to the study. Each participant’s information will be kept entirely confidential, and any data connected to them will remain anonymous.

The project is underway, and the survey is now closed. Thank you for being so supportive.

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About Me

My name is Trisha Swed, and I am a Ph. D. candidate at Antioch University who is exploring the impact leadership development programs and opportunities have on young people. I have been working in youth leadership development for 10 years focusing in supporting nonprofits and underserved communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and beyond.


If you have any questions or concerns abou the project, you can e-mail me directly at

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Important Study Links

Informed Consent Form

Mental Health 

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