Pasadena Students Celebrated for Research Project

Parents, teachers and superintendents came together recently for an award ceremony honoring local high school students who were part of Youth Research Vox. The new Pasadena-based nonprofit gives students the tools to complete academic research projects.
The group’s Closing the Gap Project was born during the pandemic, when educators Joyce Coffey and Meg Spaulding wanted to reach students from their homes. Students were faced with uncertainty and isolation, and yet many of them were doing more than ever to help their communities.
One Youth Research Vox member, Westridge School sophomore Maya Lurvey, led a free virtual summer camp for Pasadena youth. While many volunteered their time, all of the students began thinking about education in a new way. Closing the Gap gave them the opportunity to conduct high-level research usually only attainable at the post-secondary level. The students rose to the occasion, creating detailed and nuanced studies about the American education system.
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