The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Community Research Coordinator to work on two projects for the Office of the Dean in the School of Social Work. The projects will involve connecting with community organizations, making presentations, recruiting participants, serving as a liaison to program participants, and other duties.
(1) Research for Equity and Power (REP). Directed by Dr. Mary Ohmer, the University of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam at Homewood Children's Village): The goal of this project is to foster civic engagement around equitable development in Homewood by working with residents to strengthen their ability to influence change in their neighborhoods. Our goal is to help residents understand the power they have to influence development in their neighborhood. Through this community based participatory research project, we will engage 30 youth and adult residents in community conversations to explore and address these neighborhood issues and develop an advocacy roadmap and playbook they can use to ensure equitable development in Homewood. In the second year, we will work with participants to disseminate findings and develop and implement a citizen training academy to train other youth and adult residents in using the advocacy roadmap and playbook that results from our community conversations.
(2) The SPIN Project. Directed by Dr. Jaime Booth, University of Pittsburgh: Based in Homewood, this NIH funded project will engage youth ages 14-17 in a study that will use mobile technology to understand where youth spend time in their neighborhood, what features of these spaces support positive youth development and what features of these spaces are potentially stressful. The information gathered will lead to the development of programs that will work with youth to encourage them to spend time in places that have features that have been identified as supportive but also work with organizations/ families /governments to modify the spaces where youth spend their time so that they promote positive youth development.
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