Why work with young researchers?
Here are some of the key benefits of being involved in a young researchers' project.
For young researchers
- it builds confidence
- it provides an opportunity to learn skills such as team-working, creativity, communication and research skills
- it creates a feeling of empowerment, helps children and young people to find their 'voice' in the community and can change things for the better
- it boosts CV and job or university applications
- it's interesting and fun!
For people who support young researchers:
- it enables you to investigate young people’s views and get authentic feedback
- it builds partnerships with young people, through working with them in a different way
- it gives an opportunity to learn or enhance project management, facilitation and research skills
- it contributes to continuous professional development
- it provides insights to improve your own practice.
For schools and other organisations that provide services to children and young people:
- it builds relationships with service users and improves communication
- it identifies what your service users really think and what is important to them, helping your school or organisation to improve
- it creates a culture of empowerment, enquiry and improvement
- it can help to engage gifted and talented and/or disengaged young people.