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Cornell Youth Investigators

A Hands On Social Science Experience for Youth

Created by the Cornell University Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE)

Who: 9th Grade Students in North Rockland High School

When: Thursdays, 9th period (2:12pm - 3:00pm), March 7 - May 30*
*Exceptions: March 28, April 4, and May 23. In case of session cancellations (for weather, illness, etc.), make-up days will be on June 6 and June 13.

Where: North Rockland High School (Classroom TBD)

About the Program:

A team of Cornell researchers and students designed the Youth Investigators Program to train young people to ask and answer their own research questions and contribute to a range of research projects. The goal of the program is for youth to gain research knowledge and skills, and to recognize the ways they can use those research skills to learn about and impact the issues that they care about.

Over 5 lessons (completed over 10 sessions), all with accompanying hands-on activities in a workbook, the Youth Investigators curriculum covers a variety of topics in social science such as media literacy, scientific methodology, sharing data findings with others, and considering ethics in research. By using an experiential learning approach, the program incorporates positive youth development practices into the research experience itself. Learn more from their website: Youth Investigators — PRYDE (

Benefits for Participants:

  • Youth gain hands-on research knowledge and skills.
  • Connection to Cornell University researchers: A PRYDE Scholar (undergraduate) will lead one of the early sessions and share their experiences with participants.
  • Participation in a Youth Summit during the New York State 4-H Career Explorations 2024: Youth Investigators graduates will be invited to join Career Ex on Cornell University’s campus from June 26 – 28 on a special “Youth Investigators” track to engage in an immersive, social science research experience. At the Youth Summit, teens will build on their skills that they learned throughout the Youth Investigators Program while also having the opportunity to connect with other youth from different counties. The goal is to create a forum for teens that focuses on evidence-based social justice action. All costs related to teens’ room and board on campus during the conference will be covered by PRYDE (at least $350!).
  • $25 gift cards for completing short pre- and post-surveys. The youth’s responses will be anonymous and will help the coordinators evaluate program impacts on youth learning.


  • Must be a 9th grade student at North Rockland High School during the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Must commit to attend all 10 sessions and Youth Summit

Attend the Informational Session:

  • Date: Monday, February 12
  • Time: 9th period (2:12pm - 3:00pm)
  • Location: North Rockland High School, Room 319

Apply Now!

Submit your application by 11:59pm on Monday, February 26. To see the questions, view this PDF of the Cornell Youth Investigators Application (please use this PDF for reference only - only applicants who complete the online application will be considered).

Last updated February 1, 2024