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The NYU Metro Center Family and Community Study explores how parents/caregivers and their children work together and talk about issues in their communities.

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This study has several parts, including interviews, observations, and a survey.

We are currently reaching out to families to participate in the survey.  Our research team is working with our long-time partner, the National Parent Leadership Institute, on this project. We are thrilled that this grant gives us a first-of-its-kind opportunity to understand how families make change in their communities.

Are you considering participating in the survey?

We are inviting parents/caregivers and their children ages 7-14 in selected communities to participate. We will ask you and your child(ren) to complete this survey 3 different times over one year. Each survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

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We understand that your privacy is very important.

The survey will never ask for your name or your child’s name. All of your data and your child’s data will be kept confidential and protected in a secure Cloud-based server. This study has been approved by the NYU Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for protecting the rights of research participants.

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Your feedback will help build understanding of the important role that families play in building civic engagement, and how to support families as they seek to create change in their communities. We will share findings from the survey with you after the research is complete. Please e-mail Dr. Joanna Geller with any questions.


  1.  Funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the “Exploring Family Civics as a Lever for Reducing Inequality” study investigates how two community-based leadership development initiatives - the Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) and the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) – support civic engagement within the family and broader communities.