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Conducting Youth Participatory Action Research Through a Healing-Informed Approach with System-Involved Latinas

The National Compadres Network (NCN) developed a project responding to the disparities in the juvenile justice system faced by Latina girls. Through this project, the NCN used a healing-informed curriculum (Xinachtli) and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) to engage Latina system-involved girls as equal partners to inform detention alternatives and reform.

This paper, published in the Journal of Family Violence, describes their efforts, provide insights from the YPAR facilitators and youth researchers, and provides recommendations for other community-based facilitators who are considering utilizing YPAR through a healing-informed approach within their own work with Latina girls.