We applied participatory models of program development and research in an inter-generational program whose goal was for youth to document ethnic gardening practices in urban community gardens. Outcomes for educators included professional development and the opportunity to expand their programs to urban audiences, whereas youth learned about gardening, developed positive relationships with elders, and enhanced their academic skills. Developing relationships with youth was an important outcome for gardeners. Through examining what motivates various participants and how they benefit, we may be able to enhance our understanding of how best to work with educators to design a youth participatory research program.
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Krasny, M., & Doyle, R. (2002). Participatory Approaches to Program Development and Engaging Youth in Research: The Case of an Inter-Generational Urban Community Gardening Program. The Journal of Extension, 40(5), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss5/6