This article describes the journey taken by a group of adolescents into the field and practice of youth-led research. The article gives voice to the growing number of youth participating in research and evaluation. The authors give authentic youth accounts of: (1) the process of becoming researchers and evaluators, (2) the benefits and challenges encountered as researchers and evaluators, (3) the community-based research they conducted, (4) the state and national recognition received as researchers and evaluators, (5) implications for practice and the future of youth-led research, and (6) steps necessary to move the field and study of youth-led research forward.
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White, D. J., Shoffner, A., Johnson, K., Knowles, N., & Mills, M. (2012). Advancing Positive Youth Development: Perspectives of Youth as Researchers and Evaluators. The Journal of Extension, 50(4), Article 5. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.04.05