Towards Community Rooted Research and Praxis: Reflections on the BSS Safety and Youth Justice Project
“I believe that when we are in relationship with each other, we influence each other. What matters to me, as the unit of interest, is relationships”.—Mariame Kaba, We Do This ‘Til We Free Us
1.1. Participatory Action Research
1.2. Critical Community Engaged Scholarship (Critical CES)
2. Towards a Community Rooted Research and Praxis Approach
2.1. The Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition and the Safety and Youth Justice Project
2.2. BSS and CRRP
“it cannot be denied that the university is a place of refuge, and it cannot be accepted that the university is a place of enlightenment. In the face of these conditions one can only sneak into the university and steal what one can. To abuse its hospitality, to spite its mission, to join its refugee colony, its gypsy encampment, to be in but not of—this is the path of the subversive intellectual in the modern university”.(p. 101)
2.3. Reflections on Critically Conscious Knowledge and Locating Expertise
2.4. Reflections on Asset-Based Understandings
2.5. Reflections on Moving beyond Race-Conscious Research and Scholarship
With those questions in mind, we hope that our CRRP approach encourages readers to move toward abolitionist imperatives that examine and confront the systems and state actors that harm Black youth and youth of color.(1) What is it that young people envision for themselves and their communities that makes me uncomfortable? (2) How does that affect my interactions with them? What specific tools are young people missing that I can provide? (3) How can I help them understand the context and political landscape, while still empowering them to make decisions that best support their visions? (4) How can I encourage and amplify the voices of youth and community members in ways that go beyond typical state-sanctioned bureaucratic solutions (e.g., taskforces, study groups, work groups, etc.)? (5) In what ways can I return decision-making power to youth and community members over public processes and decisions that extend beyond traditional civic engagement approaches [and the universities professed commitment to “public good”]?
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While others exist, here are a few examples of how youth organizations use research projects: VOYCE in Chicago, the Social Justice Learning Institute in Inglewood, Youth Justice Coalition in Los Angeles, and Black Youth Project.
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Serrano, U.; Turner, D.C., III; Regalado, G.; Banuelos, A. Towards Community Rooted Research and Praxis: Reflections on the BSS Safety and Youth Justice Project. Soc. Sci. 2022, 11, 195. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050195
Serrano U, Turner DC III, Regalado G, Banuelos A. Towards Community Rooted Research and Praxis: Reflections on the BSS Safety and Youth Justice Project. Social Sciences. 2022; 11(5):195. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050195Chicago/Turabian Style
Serrano, Uriel, David C. Turner, III, Gabriel Regalado, and Alejandro Banuelos. 2022. "Towards Community Rooted Research and Praxis: Reflections on the BSS Safety and Youth Justice Project" Social Sciences 11, no. 5: 195. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci11050195