Ford Foundation Grantees, 2010-2014: Sexuality, Health and Rights Among Youth in the United States – Transforming Public Policy and Public Understanding Through Social Science Research


·       Adolescent Sexual Health Policy Project (Public Health Institute, University of California, Berkeley, and Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific) - Expanding the theoretical and empirical foundations of comprehensive sexuality education, critically examining the validity and integrity of sexuality education research and its use, and conducting a wide range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research on adolescent sexuality, health, and rights.


·       Crossroads Collaborative (University of Arizona) - The Crossroads Collaborative brings stories and numbers together through action-oriented research with academics, youth serving organizations, and youth from the community to develop knowledge, increase understanding, amplify youth voice, and shift public discourses on policies regarding youth sexuality, health, and rights.


·       Detroit Youth Passages (University of Michigan) - Examining and transforming the structural conditions that contribute to sexual vulnerability among residentially unstable youth in Detroit. Identifying what is needed, how to help, and where policy makers and others can make a difference.


·       Face Value, a project of the Tides Center, is a culture change agent working to eliminate stigma associated with being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. They convene interdisciplinary teams comprised of academics, advocates, applied researchers and strategists to undertake new social science research to expose the underlying social and psychological root causes of society’s discomfort and disapproval of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, translating these findings into evidence-based communication and community engagement models designed to disrupt stigma by fundamentally changing how we, as a society, understand, relate to, and communicate about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Their methods include real-time field experiments to test and validate the effectiveness of these strategies.


·       Health Equity Institute (San Francisco State University) – Partnering with the California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Project ELAYO addresses the urgent need to reframe the current discourse about Latino/a youth sexuality and childbearing through questions such as how young Latinos balance competing cultural and social expectations regarding sexuality, parenting and education. The results will contribute to efforts to reduce negative stereotypes and elevate the social standing of Latino youth.


·       Project Safe SPACES (University of Illinois at Chicago) - Investigating why young people harass each other because of gender or sexuality and developing a research-backed campaign to make schools safer. In addition, the project is investigating parents’ attitudes and beliefs about these issues. By exploring how youth experience and construe such harassment and the social reasoning that affects young people’s judgments about these forms of harassment, Safe SPACES will develop bullying prevention messaging that will move both youth and parents to take action to make schools safer and more welcoming.