Project Overview

What is the TRUE Project? 
Our vision is to create transformative and sustainable processes designed with and for underrepresented youth in full partnership with University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers. Through this partnership, the Y of San Francisco (YSF) and UCSF will co-design, develop and implement Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). Our staff and youth participation in the project will influence fundamental and important shifts in the way research is conducted, disseminated, and translated into policy and practice while driving novel approaches to PCOR-focused comparative effectiveness research. 

Project ​Purpose: To develop a training curriculum that will be used to train youth to collaborate with and serve as effective research advisors to UCSF pediatric researchers to support the development of research projects that are relevant to youth needs.​

Project Goal: To increase youth voice in the development of research projects so that they are tailored to the needs of the people being studied.

Project Funder: PCORI



YSF Project Team

Youth Research Advisory Council (YRAC)

YRAC members will create a sustainable process to elevate the voices of historically underrepresented young people that address the root causes of health inequities. Members will work as full partners with UCSF researchers to set research priorities for their communities. Participation in the council will include training and skill-building workshops, community leadership opportunities, and creating UCSF research priorities. 


Cohort 2 Begins August 2023 and ends December 2023

  • Must be aged 15-24
  • San Francisco Resident
  • Paid Opportunity
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Resource Connections

Questions about applying? Contact Precious


Youth Research Leaders (YRL)

YRL's consist of five Y of San Francisco youth and family services staff. Our leaders will provide their youth and community development expertise to the development of our co-created work while guiding the Youth Research Advisory Council through their project journey. 




YSF Project Coordinator - Precious Ogbonna

YSF Project Manager - Dante Calloway

YSF Project Advisor - Jenifer Toyomura


Jenifer Toyomura

Jenifer is an advocate for youth empowerment and staff development. She is dedicated to supporting youth voice, leadership, and civic engagement.