Get Teen Input

If you want your work to be effective for young people, you need to understand them. Our youth voice program lets you easily engage teens to get high-quality feedback on your research, products, and services.

Why Center Youth Voice?

Young people’s perspectives should drive the design of any experience built for them. By engaging teens directly, you can ensure that your study, product, or service is developmentally, contextually, and culturally appropriate and relevant to them

“Our partnership with CLIP allowed our team to co-create a national survey on digital technologies and youth well-being that was incredibly nuanced and relatable. The young people enrolled in CLIP were so insightful and wise, and the Character Lab staff made the process of engaging with them effortless.”

Amy Green, Head of Research, Hopelab

Feedback Formats

Students are ready to share timely input in writing or through interviews.

Written Surveys

  • Link to any documents (surveys, PDFs, etc.) you want the students to read.
  • Select from a bank of pre-written feedback questions.
  • Write your own custom questions to ask for specific input.
  • Receive feedback from up to 50 students within two weeks of your request.

Request Written Input

Video Interviews

  • Share your availability and demographic requests and get matched with eligible teens.
  • Meetings scheduled via Google Calendar with Zoom links.
  • Interviews are hosted by a Character Lab staff member.
  • Interview individuals or focus groups of up to 7 students within two weeks of your request.

Request Video Interview

A Proven Resource

Participants in our CLIP program (whom we affectionately call “CLIPsters”) have provided meaningful feedback in over 1,500 sessions over the past five years. A group of 150 students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) from communities across the United States, CLIPsters represent a wide variety of experiences and identities. The program is diverse across race, gender, socioeconomic status, gender identity, neuro-ability, GPA, home language, and other characteristics.

CLIPsters are trained to bring their unique perspectives, preferences, motivators, and context-specific knowledge to their work with you. Each year, CLIPsters attend a week-long training to learn about design thinking, research methodologies, and how to give effective feedback.

How Youth Voice Can Increase Your Impact

Our CLIP program is designed for success across various industries.

Researchers

  • Design interventions that are more likely to work.
  • Improve the construct validity of your data collection instruments.
  • Increase the odds that your research answers a question that matters for teens.

Product & Service Creators

  • Improve decisions about what to build.
  • Enhance designs by engaging users in the process.
  • Beta test in a low-stakes environment.
  • Incorporate user feedback as you scale.

Schools

  • Increase students’ sense of agency, belonging, and self-efficacy.
  • Improve program adoption and implementation fidelity by engaging teens as users.

“It’s so important, now more than ever, that we are studying the behaviors and habits of younger generations, and no one knows how to get to teens better than teens themselves.”

Kriya, 12th Grade

Work With Us

We have experience in customizing our services to meet our partners’ needs. Please reach out if these offerings don’t match what you’re looking for.

Frequently asked questions

What types of requests can I make?

CLIPsters can participate in co-design sessions; provide qualitative feedback about the functionality, design, or user experience of your study, product, or service; give suggestions to make a study or product language age-appropriate and relevant; contribute testimonials about student perspectives on study language or topic; or even help you decide what’s worth studying by sharing what’s most important to them.

What are some examples of CLIP requests?

Ask students about their experience with your idea. Draft open-ended prompts like “What does X mean to you?” to get them to articulate their thoughts or feedback about it.

Deliver multiple drafts of your study to a small group of students. Request their feedback on how they feel about the version they completed. Ask questions like “Which questions are most/least compelling?” and “Is the language appropriate?”

Ask students to interact with a prototype model of your product or service. Ask targeted questions about functionality and general user experience.

Can I make a request for input from students with specific demographics?

Yes. We know that research and products need to be designed with context and lived experience in mind, so we help you talk to CLIPsters who represent the population you serve. You can request to work with CLIPsters of a specific race, gender, grade, etc. If you have a group in mind but don’t see it on the request form, please inquire by emailing clip@characterlab.org.

How much does this service cost?

CLIPsters receive stipends for their time, expertise, and participation, and Character Lab collects a fee for coordination. Please reach out to clip@characterlab.org to request an estimate.

Are there any limitations on when or how often I request youth input?

No. We encourage you to use the request system whenever you want feedback or input from CLIPsters—especially early in your creation process. However, we reserve the right to deny or delay requests if CLIPsters are at capacity.

What is the timeline for receiving feedback?

You can generally expect to receive feedback within 7-10 business days from the date of the request. Please keep in mind that there are certain times during the year (e.g., the winter holiday break, the week each season when the Research Network conducts research in schools) when requests may take longer to complete. Additionally, the CLIP program takes a break from facilitating requests each summer to onboard a new group of young people.

I’m a CLRN researcher. Why should I get extra youth input on my research?

Youth input will make your idea or study even stronger! By talking to students who represent the schools on our network, you can ensure that your study is developmentally, contextually, and culturally appropriate and understandable by participants, which can increase your participation rate, data quality, and the relevance of your findings.

I’m a product developer. Why should I include youth input in my development process?

Youth input will ensure your product is relevant and applicable to young people! Having their input early and often throughout the development process will help your product ultimately be more engaging for your target audience.

What do youth receive for being part of this program?

As part of their participation, CLIPsters receive a generous quarterly stipend, as well as various personal and professional development opportunities throughout the year.