In your hands, youth development research can advance equity and help all young people thrive.
Practical solutions to help youth succeed wherever they are.
Put our research to work with these practical solutions so that you can help all young people become their best selves.
High-quality learning experiences that will inspire and equip you to help young people thrive:
Workshops to build and strengthen relationships with young people
Tailored learning experiences to fit your organization’s needs
Practical tools and resources to use in your classroom, program, or organization
Surveys to help you understand your young people and support their development:
Give youth a voice with valid and reliable indicators of young people’s experiences
Gather actionable data and insights on developmental relationships, social and emotional competencies, and equitable practices
Measure growth and impact over time
Young people’s development is rooted in relationships.
Visit our Resources Hub for tools to build strong relationships with young people:
- Build developmental relationships in a class, group, or other setting.
- Discover how to create relationship-rich organizations.
- Ground your practice in trusted evidence and applied research.
World-renowned research to help all young people to thrive.
We use multiple methods and rigorous approaches in our research design, to understand and promote positive youth development at the intersection of foundational relationships and equity.
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