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Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE)

Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE)


Program Overview

YPE equips young people at every MPS middle school and high school with research and evaluation skills, and takes a democratic approach to legitimize and leverage the voices of young people in shaping their education. A Youth Voice Advisor and Evaluation Coach support youth throughout the evaluation process. Youth’s recommendations result in system-wide learning and contribute to school and District discussions and decisions.
The District’s agreement with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) included the establishment of student committees to make recommendations about district policies or practices. Each year, YPE teams conduct an evaluation on a topic related to school climate or student engagement.


YPE empowers underrepresented voices in our schools and provides a positive, proactive space for students to advocate for school change. In the 17-18 school year, black students in MPS were over four more likely to receive a suspension than their peers, and students who qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch were nearly five times more likely — both in line with national trends. YPE asks these youth to shape the conversation around school improvement and climate.

Youth Projects

Click the links below to view past student projects:

2018-19 YPE Projects
2017-18 YPE Projects
2016-17 YPE Projects


Maren Henderson, Evaluation Specialist


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