Sarah Zeller-Berkman

Academic Director of Youth Studies Programs at CUNY SPS and Director of the Intergenerational Change Initiative, JFK Jr. Institute

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Sarah Zeller-Berkman, PhD is the academic director of the Youth Studies Program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies and director of The Intergenerational Change Initiative.   At CUNY SPS, she oversees the MA and Advanced Certificate in Youth Studies programs and directs the Intergenerational Change Initiative (ICI), a youth participatory action research project involving mobile tech and participatory policy making.  Dr. Zeller-Berkman has spent the last two decades as a practitioner, researcher, evaluator, and capacity-builder in the field of youth and community development. Trained in Social-Personality Psychology, she has worked in partnership with young people on participatory action research projects about issues that impact their lives such as sexual harassment in schools, incarceration, parental incarceration, and high-stakes testing.  Her publications include articles and chapters in the Journal of Community, Youth and Environments, The Handbook of Qualitative Research, AfterSchool Matters, New Directions for Evaluation, Globalizing Cultural Studies, and Children of Incarcerated Parents. She is committed to using participatory design principals, youth-adult partnerships, a critical participatory action research approach, and the latest technical tools to be part of a larger movement to alter the status quo for/with young people.

Recent News

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CUNY SPS Wins Grant to Study Impact of Covid-19 on NYC Youth

April 02, 2021

CUNY's Interdisciplinary Research Grant has awarded $40,000 towards a CUNY SPS research project examining the effect of COVID-19 on New York City youth.

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2021 Youth Studies Speaker Series Draws on Current Political Events

February 24, 2021

The youth studies program hosted its annual Community & Youth Organizing Speaker Series in January, with three talks that were shaped by current events.

Black Youth Development & Organizing Event

CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program Hosts 3-Part Lecture Series on Community & Youth Organizing

February 14, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) youth studies program hosted a three-part lecture series on youth and community organizing in January 2020. Alumni, community...

Youth Studies Program Co-Hosts Youth Participation Conference

CUNY SPS Youth Studies Program Co-Hosts Conference

January 10, 2020

The CUNY SPS youth studies program co-hosted the third annual State of the Field Conference on Youth Participation alongside the Collaborative for Advancing Youth Development.