YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep
Lissa Soep

Elisabeth (Lissa) Soep, PhD (Stanford) is Research Director and Senior Producer at Youth Radio, a national youth-driven production company in Oakland, CA. She researches and writes about youth discourse, learning, and digital media culture for academic journals, popular publications, and books including Drop that Knowledge (Soep & Chávez, UC Press) and Youthscapes (Maira & Soep, UPenn Press). The Youth Radio stories Lissa has produced/edited for NPR have been recognized with honors including two Peabody Awards, three Murrow Awards, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. With NSF support, Lissa co-created the Brains and Beakers series—interactive dialogues between youth and inventors—and launched an Innovation Lab in partnership with MIT Media Lab’s Center for Mobile Learning. She was Principal Investigator for a 2010 winning entry in the MacArthur Foundation’s global Digital Media and Learning Competition, which established Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab (youth partnering with pro developers to create community-inspired technology). For more than ten years, Lissa served on the Board of Directors of the United States’ premier youth poetry organization, Youth Speaks (HBO series, 2009 & 2010), where she now serves as an advisor.