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Social Movements and Governing Power

From 2008 to 2019, the USC Equity Research Institute (ERI) published reports under our previous name, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). 

December 2016

By Veronica Terriquez, PhD, Christopher Yik, and May Lin

The Khmer Girls in Action: Supporting the Leadership and Healthy Development of Cambodian Youth report offers an overview of Khmer Girls in Action’s (KGA) youth membership and outlines the ways young people have been involved in and benefited from the organization.

This report includes:

  • a demographic description of youth survey participants
  • information on how youth were recruited and why they remained in the organization
  • information on KGA’s programming that shows how youth members participated in different types of activities
  • semi-structured interview data to help illustrate members’ experiences in KGA
  • and a list of some of the group’s recent campaigns.

This report can help inform KGA’s efforts to continue its high-quality youth programming, as well as provide insights for other programs seeking to build leadership capacity of Southeast Asian youth and other socially marginalized youth.

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