Welcome to the Know Your Rights Resource Hub! This hub is a central repository for all of tools and resources that will guide you in implementing a Youth Participatory Action Research documentary film project with your learners. You'll find Learning Experiences, rubrics, tip sheets, videos, articles, websites, audio clips, and more! These project tools were specifically designed and curated to support student exploration of critical community issues and the creation of a documentary film.


Examine the Project Blueprint to learn what is involved in guiding students through this Youth Participatory Action Research project. This blueprint is a project map, walking you through the stages and steps of the project.

Three exemplar documentary films demonstrate the power to take positive community action through Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and documentary video projects. Watch and be inspired to create a project with your students!

Learning Experiences and Tip Sheets guide teachers through each stage of the project.


These curated resource lists support the topic areas of Police & Gentrification, Police Accountability, and Sanctuary Cities. Even if you are not using one of these themes, you may still find some helpful resources and ideas.

These rubrics are a tool for students to name the knowledge, skills and sub-skills they are developing, and to self-assess their growth along the way.

Technical Resources may help those students who want to know more about the technical side of documentary filmmaking. Technical Tip Sheets provide guidance on the technical aspects of lighting, sound, editing, and equipment.

Tools for students to document, track, reflect and evaluate their learning - individually and as a group.


This project was made possible by the NYC Department of Education and evolved as a collaboration between the NYC DOE’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness and the Educational Video Center (EVC). reDesign, LLC developed the Know Your Rights blueprint, making the work of youth participatory action research accessible to teachers and students in new ways, by adapting EVC’s signature handbook, Youth Powered Video: A Hands-on Curriculum for Teaching Documentary.

Special thanks to:

  • NYC DOE teachers: Lydia Howrilka and Sarah Rodriguez (High School for Excellence and Innovation), Carla Cherry, Robin Bacigalupo and Sean Turner (Innovation Diploma Plus High School), for piloting this initiative. Cynthia Copeland (NYU), Rhys Daunic (The Media Spot), and Emmanuel Garcia (EVC) for their expertise.
  • Lynette Lauretig and Eve Bois, NYCDOE, and Steven Goodman, EVC, for imagining and facilitating this project.
  • Melissa Slater, Vicky Kim and Antonia Rudenstine, of reDesign, LLC, for developing the project blueprint.