Through MYHealth Research Training Program, we hope to increase persistence in science toward research careers, specifically among groups that are underrepresented in science, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. MYHealth recruits high school students from Southeast Michigan with help from our community partners. Then, students are engaged in the interactive MYHealth curriculum. Throughout the program, students work with seasoned researchers to apply what they have learned by designing, implementing, and sharing findings from their own research project. High school students will conduct adolescent health research the same way as career scientists.
Youth are engaged throughout the process to design and improve the MYHealth training curriculum, select topics in line with their interests, and share what they have learned with peers, stakeholders, and their communities. The MYHealth program trains youth to conduct research with people, not on people.