History of the Black Youth Project

The Black Youth Project (BYP) began as a national survey research project led by Dr. Cohen in 2005, and has since grown into an organization committed to: 1) producing research about the ideas, attitudes, decision-making, and lived experiences of underrepresented youth, especially as it relates to their political and civic engagement; 2) amplifying the perspectives of young people daily without censorship or control via the BYP website, which averages over 3,000 users daily; and 3) providing resources to encourage civic engagement and media literacy among youth, and mobilizing youth and their allies to make positive change.

BYP has both developed and fielded new national surveys that provide insight into the concerns of young Americans, detailing their policy preferences, participatory practices, and views about their communities and the country. Recent media citations include MSNBC, Politico, CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and Reuters.