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ETR can support your organization or project in numerous ways to best fulfill your goals. Whether you need short-term capacity-building assistance, customized trainings, program evaluations, full-scale research projects, technical assistance clearinghouses, or high-quality print and digital resources, we can help. Please review our core competencies to learn more about our areas of expertise.

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INSPIRE+

INSPIRE+

The INSPIRE+ project empowers youth from communities of color and other marginalized populations disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs in three California counties (Fresno, Sacramento, and Alameda) to generate policy, systems, and environmental change solutions to address unhealthy substance use. Our INSPIRE+ ‘Design Fellow’ training curriculum merges positive youth development, human centered design (HCD), and trauma informed principles to implement ETR’s trauma informed youth-centered health design (TIYCHD) framework. TIYCHD involves and engages youth as co-creators, respecting their knowledge, lived experience, and leadership to design solutions for their communities that promote safety, equity, stronger relationships, and well-being. The INSPIRE+ project won the 2022 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award from the Adolescent Health Initiative.

The Resilience Effect Evaluation

The Resilience Effect Evaluation

The Resilience Effect is Genentech’s flagship philanthropic initiative committed to addressing childhood adversity and its negative effects on health and well-being, with a focus on children under the age of five and their caregivers.

HEARTS-e (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools-Extended)

HEARTS-e (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools-Extended)

HEARTS-Extended (HEARTS-E) is an adaptation of HEARTS that builds the capacity of key San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Student, Family, and Community Support Services Department personnel to implement HEARTS district-wide and at select school sites.

HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools) Professional Learning Institute

HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools) Professional Learning Institute

The HEARTS Professional Learning Institute builds the capacity of school staff across the country to implement HEARTS principles and approaches for creating trauma-informed, safe, supportive, and equitable learning and teaching environments that foster resilience, wellness, and racial justice for everyone in the school community.

Social Wearables: Enhancing Girls' Computational Learning and Motivation

Social Wearables: Enhancing Girls' Computational Learning and Motivation

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a National Science Foundation (Advancing Informal STEM Learning) project led by the University of California, Santa Cruz. The goals of the project are to raise middle school age girls’ interest, perceived confidence and involvement in computing – including the increase of a sense of computational community.

Examining the Factors that Influence Retention and Effectiveness of Computer Science Teachers in High-Need Middle and High Schools

Examining the Factors that Influence Retention and Effectiveness of Computer Science Teachers in High-Need Middle and High Schools

ETR is leading this National Science Foundation project in partnership with Noyce-funded projects at New York University, California State University Fresno and Louisiana Tech University and their surrounding school districts. The goals of the project are to investigate individual, interpersonal and institutional factors that play a role in how teacher preparation programs can increase the retention of CS teachers in high-need schools as well as prepare teachers to deliver effective and equitable CS education in middle and high school classrooms.

STEM, Growth Mindset, and Sports: Investigating STEM Program Design Features that Impact Youth Engagement

STEM, Growth Mindset, and Sports: Investigating STEM Program Design Features that Impact Youth Engagement

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a National Science Foundation (Advancing Informal STEM Learning) project led by the University of Arizona. The goals of the project are to test, refine and study the outcomes of a math+growth mindset+baseball curriculum (Growing Mathletes) for 4th-8th grade youth in Boys & Girls Clubs and Major League Baseball Academies across the US and develop a professional learning model to support informal educators in the implementation of STEM+Sports programming.

A Coordinated, Cross-Institutional Career and Technical Education Cybersecurity Pathway

A Coordinated, Cross-Institutional Career and Technical Education Cybersecurity Pathway

This Research-Practice partnership is a collaboration between Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Digital NEST, Cabrillo College, and Education, Training, Research. The goal is to strengthen, connect, and expand existing efforts to increase the number of Latinx students who enter and stay on a path to computer information systems (CIS) at a community college and the workforce.

Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative (APHI)

Adolescent Preventive Health Initiative (APHI) is a CDPH-driven initiative that strives to improve access, utilization, and quality of adolescent preventive healthcare statewide. The collaborative framework that drives, guides, and sustains this initiative focuses on enhancing communications, coordination and collaboration across CDPH programs and with external stakeholders engaged in promoting adolescent health priorities in California. ETR’s YTHI is a key partner in this effort with the main task of developing the framework and building a communications platform to facilitate cross-sector and cross-program collaboration.

The Community College Information Technology Study

The Community College Information Technology Study

The Community College Information Technology (CCIT) is a longitudinal study, focused on two-year colleges in California that serve 2.7 million students each year. Previous research on community college (CC) students’ enrollment and persistence in Information Technology (IT) courses/programs is limited or has not focused exclusively on CC students.

Computing for the Social Good: A Research-Practice Partnership to Increase Equity among Students and Parents

Computing for the Social Good: A Research-Practice Partnership to Increase Equity among Students and Parents

This project is a collaboration between Santa Cruz City Schools, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, and Education, Training, Research (ETR), with additional researchers from Stanford University and the University of California. The funds will be used to motivate, prepare and support teachers to integrate equity-oriented computer science into core curriculum with supports for English language development; Develop a K-8 pathway that attracts students and families by preparing them to be citizens who use CS for the social good; Build family engagement and competence through computer literacy and leadership activities, and Grow our Research-Practice Partnership.

ENGAGE- Enabling Girls to Advance Gender Equity

ENGAGE- Enabling Girls to Advance Gender Equity

Led by Rise Up, ENGAGE is an innovative approach to ending early marriage and enabling Malawian girls to finish school. Through deep community consultations with young girls, boys and traditional authorities in Malawi, YTH discovered how mobile technology can be used to educate and support young people and adults to prevent child marriage. The outcome was a text message campaign to reach young girls with information on local laws and other life skills including sexual and reproductive health.

Evolve: A National HIV E-learning Training Center

ETR is one of 17 organizations awarded a grant under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new program, PS19-1904: Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration. The program is designed to support the proposed new federal initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, by strengthening the capacity and improving the nation’s HIV prevention workforce.

Extra Innings: Using Serious Games and the Science of Baseball to Teach Science and Mathematics

Extra Innings: Using Serious Games and the Science of Baseball to Teach Science and Mathematics

ETR is working with dfusion inc. and the Science of Sport to develop and evaluate a serious gaming app that complements the Science of Baseball curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

Impactathons: Student-Led Peer-to-Peer Learning in Community Social-Change Technology Projects

Impactathons: Student-Led Peer-to-Peer Learning in Community Social-Change Technology Projects

ETR is serving as the external evaluator for a project led by the University of California, Santa Cruz. The goal is to understand the effectiveness of student-led, peer-to-peer learning in applied social change settings, for overcoming barriers to effectively learning and using digital technologies for historically marginalized populations.

In the Know

In the Know

Funded by the HHS Personal Responsibility Education Innovation Strategies Program (PREIS), In the Know (ITK) combines existing, in-person, group-based, comprehensive sexual health education with wraparound digital technologies. This enables reinforcement of key messages and skills while providing real-time information and referrals to local services and resources. In partnership with Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and Fresno Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC), the team implements youth-centered health design methodology to develop curriculum and web-based wraparound technologies that focus on four main areas: sexual health and contraceptive use, healthy relationships, educational and career development, and life skills.

Leveling the Field: Increasing the Preparedness and Belonging of Underrepresented Community College Students in Computing

Leveling the Field: Increasing the Preparedness and Belonging of Underrepresented Community College Students in Computing

ETR has partnered with Las Positas College in Livermore, CA to develop and test an intensive intervention open to students enrolled in introductory computer science the following semester. The program is designed to increase the confidence and preparation of community college students traditionally underrepresented in computer science. Our goal is to grow the success and retention of these students in computer science classes.

LIYT (Leadership + Innovation + Youth + Technology)

The goal of this project is to stimulate and support youth- driven and youth-centered innovation for increasing access and utilization of HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services by identifying, supporting and co-creating solutions with youth living with or affected by HIV. Selected participants will receive a mini grant of up to $5000.

This is a 12-month mentorship innovator program that connects youth to health and tech professionals to co-build and harness their wisdom, resilience and creativity to be authentic in their work.

Oregon Reminders

Oregon Reminders

Oregon Reminders is a mobile health (mHealth) program that provides a private, secure way for people to set their own health reminders, created in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

By visiting OregonReminders.org, Oregonians can sign up for reminder messages and health tips via text, email, or voice messages. Oregon Reminders is free and confidential. Users can easily customize the frequency or content of their reminders to suit their medical needs. In 2020, Oregon Reminders will offer condom delivery and content in Spanish. YTH Initiative has led this work since 2012. YTH Initiative manages the content development, message dissemination, and marketing efforts for Oregon Reminders.

PrEPTECH

PrEPTECH

PrEPTECH, an online program and research study, is an integrated tech approach to increasing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among young gay and bisexual men. In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration approved daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis medication to prevent HIV infection in high-risk individuals, which offered a unique opportunity to curb the rising incidence of HIV infection in high-risk groups, particularly among young men who have sex with men (YMSM).

Working closely with the community, YTH co-designed the PrEPTECH online web program to support the uptake and adherence of PrEP, while allowing users to bypass many of the barriers related to stigma, discrimination, and access. The multisite study aims to evaluate the PrEPTECH online program, and provide important PrEP access and care to a variety of community members including young gay and bisexual men, adolescents and transgender women.

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