BEN KIRSHNER is Faculty Director for CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research and Professor of Education in the Learning Sciences and Human Development program area. Through his work with CU Engage Kirshner seeks to develop and sustain university-community partnerships that leverage the resources of the university to address public challenges. Kirshner’s research examines community-based youth organizing, youth participatory action research, and new forms of digital media as contexts for learning, development, and social change. He recently completed an international study of youth organizing in South Africa, Ireland, and the USA. As Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network, Kirshner studied how young people leverage their skills and interests to find work in the creative economy. New projects focus on research partnerships that build capacity for social justice youth leadership and community organizing.