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Welcome to YoPA – the Youth-centred Participatory Action project! We are a pioneering initiative that addresses the multifaceted challenges of physical inactivity and health inequalities through a unique participatory approach that values inclusivity and diversity. We recognize that physical inactivity and poor lifestyle choices among teenagers can lead to various non-communicable diseases, both physical and mental. Therefore, our project places teenagers between 12 and 18 years old in vulnerable situations at the forefront of the intervention process. By doing so, we aim to execute and evaluate systemic interventions that are tailored to the specific needs and contexts of local communities. At YoPA, we believe in empowering young people to take charge of their health and well-being. Our youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) process from 2023 to 2027 is designed to achieve this goal, also developing leadership and problem-solving skills in young people, and enable them to become catalysts for positive change. Our infrastructure, which includes capacity building, mentoring, and participation of teenagers as leaders and co-researchers, will be located in four cities: Aalborg (Denmark), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Osogbo (Nigeria), and Soweto (South Africa). We are committed to ensuring inclusivity and diversity in all aspects of our initiative. This approach will lead to sustainable solutions that improve the lifestyle of teenagers from all backgrounds.