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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Phone: (212) 652-2862

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

Zoom Group Photo of Attendees at CUNY SPS State of NYC Youth 2021 Event

Youth Census Review Spurs Dialogue and Collaboration

January 19, 2022

Attendees met in small groups to discuss the 2021 Youth Ask Youth census findings and how the data might be useful to their work.

Photo of the hands of five young people clasped together

Timely Series Explores Labor Issues Facing Youth-Workers

December 23, 2021

The two-part talk series, hosted by the CUNY SPS youth studies program, focused on how to build youth-worker power and community.

Group of young students in classroom

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.

Woman at Black Lives Matter demonstration

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.