Self Determination-related Projects

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Roadmap to Peace Evaluation

A two-year evaluation program to inform a new community-driven systems change project in San Francisco, to support services and transformative experiences for Latino/a youth at risk of street violence and gangs.


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Out-of-school programs for young men & boys of color

A comprehensive review of out-of-school programs for young, urban males of color, and of the current scientific literature on them, including an analysis of what constitutes successful gender- and culturally-responsive practices.

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Lending Circles: Evaluation and replication

A 2-year evaluation of a culturally relevant and socially responsible credit-building loan program for low- and moderate-income Latinos, and its replication to other communities of color – evaluating the financial, personal, and economic progress of participants.

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Impact of US immigration policy

As the immigrant population in the US grows and diversifies, complex economic realities, social concerns, and political conflicts must be balanced to create realistic future-oriented policies. In order to inform the debate, this research explores the links between U.S. immigration policy and unauthorized immigration.

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Family Acceptance Project

A ground-breaking study on how families respond to an LGBT adolescent's coming out, and how family and caregiver reactions positively or negatively affect adolescent health, mental health and development. Early intervention can help, using evidence-based material to understand the impact of acceptance and rejection on a child’s well-being.

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Identifying effective HIV interventions for African-American gay men


Evaluation of an intervention program to assess changes over time in members' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behavior relevant to reducing HIV transmisison, measuring psychosocial, environmental and substance-related predictors.

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Community involvement and HIV protective effects

A two-city research program investigate the protective effects of community involvement in HIV/AIDS-related groups and organizations for sexual risk behavior among Latino gay and bisexual men.

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Green Metropolis Opportunity Project

A pilot program to examine how social networks among schools, businesses, and CBOs respond to environmental racism, interrupt cycles of poverty, and facilitate educational and economic mobility for low income youth of color.

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Randomized trial of an HIV prevention model for Latino MSM

A randomized trial to test the effectiveness of an HIV prevention program that targets low-SES, Spanish-speaking, Latino, immigrant men who have sex with men in the San Francisco Bay Area, a population with high and well-documented vulnerability to HIV infection.

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Research Collaborative on Youth Activism

An interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers who study and work collaboratively with young people in their schools and communities to identify barriers to their educational and professional goals and their constructive social and civic participation.