Program Details:

Research Hub

This project is a research collaboration between the Research Hub (PI Ben Kirshner, School of Education), Assistant Professor Ben Shapiro (Department of Computer Science and the ATLAS Institute) and Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (PJU). This proposal is guided by three broad goals.

Goal #1: In partnership with PJU, design and build a mobile-friendly web-based platform (called here Youth Data Platform or YDP) that supports chapters of PJU to carry out youth participatory action research (YPAR) about their schools and communities. School chapters are still being developed, but they will be throughout the state of Colorado. Students and their adult advisors will utilize the YDP both as a resource for doing research (e.g., how to create a survey, examples of survey items) and as a way to administer and store data collected via online surveys.

Goal #2: Foster civically engaged authentic learning for Computer Science (CS) undergraduate students at CU. By applying their CS skills to design prototypes of the data platform, CS students will learn how to design socially useful products that meet end user needs.

Goal #3: Create a demonstration project that could be leveraged to solicit a major grant from the National Science Foundation or funders interested in the intersections between youth civic engagement, data literacy, and computer science. We see great promise for the Youth Data Platform because of its capacity to facilitate students’ capacity for inquiry and research while also promoting their engagement in their schools and communities.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Padres y Jóvenes Unidos

Sponsoring Units

Education, School of

  • Center for Community-Engaged Learning and Research (CU Engage)
  • Research Institutes & Centers

    • Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS)

    Program Contact

    Ben Kirshner
    Professor of Education

Program Categories


  • Community Resource
  • Computer Science
  • Education (K-12)

Program Types:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Evaluation/Data Analysis Services
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Other


  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Rural Communities
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged