Meet the Team

Meet the team behind the EYPC program. We are here to help you and your youth make your community a better place to live, work, and play.

Scott Hays
EYPC Program Trainer and Consultant

Scott P. Hays, (Ph.D., Political Science), is Director of Research and Development with The Strategic Collaboration Group, Inc. He most recently worked with the Center for Prevention Research and Development where he and his team developed “Engaging Youth for Positive Change”. Dr. Hays has taught political science at the college level and his research has included municipal ordinance adoption in local communities, the role of policy change in substance abuse prevention and youth involvement in policy change. He is co-editor of Engaging the Public: How Government and the Media Can Reinvigorate American Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998) and his research has appeared in a variety of academic journals including Frontiers in Public Health, The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Drug Education, and in Children, Youth and Environments.

Nancy Flowers
Director of Research Programs

Nancy Flowers is the director of research programs at CPRD in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nancy serves as a Program Director for EYPC. She has expertise in program evaluation, large-scale data collection, mixed-methods evaluation designs, and the dissemination of results to improve practice and support data-based decision making. She is passionate about using research and data to inform policy for youth and adolescents.

Vivian is an EYPC project coordinator and a junior majoring in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Fueled by a passion for politics and law, she aspires to actively engage in society, effecting change on current political issues.

Vivian Ku

EYPC Project Coordinator

About the program

The EYPC program is a civic-engagement program that guides youth (aged 13-18) through the process of getting a policy, ordinance, or resolution passed in their community. Youth involved in EYPC will bring about positive change in their community by exploring an issue and the change they want to make, engaging in data collection and analysis to develop their message, spreading their work and engaging the community in support, and working with decision-makers to enact real change.

Facilitator Training

Thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, all EYPC trainings and all materials necessary to deliver the program are provided to you at no cost.

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