The Trade Project


The Trade Project was a community research study that hosted listening circles with police and youth from unincorporated areas of Alameda County, CA to help them discuss their ideas for community safety.

It was co-designed by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and leaders at the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League. It is being advised by a group of local youth, community and national leaders.


Those who joined The Trade Project attended one 90-minute workshop in 2018 with other youth and officers. They also completed 3 questionnaires over a 4-week period.

Compensation: Youth were paid $50 in gift cards for their time. They were given money for public transportation costs, if needed.

Privacy: This was a confidential study. If you joined, you were only known by a nickname and Study ID number. Participants were asked to tell study staff their names, phone numbers, and/or email addresses so we could keep in touch, BUT their contact information was NOT shared or linked to any other information that was collected.


Enrollment for The Trade Project is now closed. From May to October 2018, we recruited youth and Alameda County Sheriff’s officers to join.

Youth had to be:

  • Ages 13-18
  • Residents of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo or nearby unincorporated areas
  • Receive written permission from a parent or guardian to join

Officers had to be:

  • Employed by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
  • Assigned to serve Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo or nearby areas


Contact Ayesha McAdams-Mahmoud, MPH (Study Coordinator)