Youth Built Change, a student-led research initiative overseen by faculty and graduate students at the University of Cincinnati and funded by a National Institutes for Health grant, is changing students and teachers' lives.
The research initiative is active throughout the Tri-State area, where it partners with high school students to enable them conduct research on substance abuse and addiction.
Over the course of an academic year, the students develop their own research questions to gather and analyze data and to present their findings to academic audiences and policymakers in their own communities. The research are directly related to their lives, and the students can be effective community activists, even as teenagers.
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