Making the case for youth development
Theory & framework
What does it take for each child to reach his or her potential? Researchers and practitioners have contributed to a body of knowledge of what maximizes outcomes, with Positive Youth Development as a core philosophy.
Youth Development's 100 Year Legacy: Lessons to shape future research and practice
This webinar commemorates the 100th anniversary of many national youth-serving organizations with a discussion about this special issue of the Journal of Youth Development . 2012.
Reports & articles
Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning (1.11 M PDF)
To focus attention on the potential of summer learning programs, this monograph reviews the literature on summer learning loss and the effectiveness of summer learning programs, determines key cost drivers of and available funds for summer programs, and gathers information about how such programs operate in district and city contexts, including facilitators and challenges. 2011
Toward a Common Vision: Naming and Framing the Developmental Imperative (175 K PDF)
A report about meeting the developmental needs of all young people by getting a clearer picture of their lives and the opportunities and challenges that shape their experience. 2008
Eight Basic Youth Needs (232 K PDF)
Konopka developed these requirements for the Federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1973. They remain foundational tenets to positive youth development. 2007
Keys to Quality Youth Development
This guide is a working tool to stimulate, challenge, and encourage youth and adults as they work together to plan, conduct, and evaluate high-quality experiences. 2005
Community Programs to Promote Youth Development
Recognizing the importance of adolescence as a period of transition to adulthood, this book offers authoritative guidance to policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and other key stakeholders on the role of youth development programs to promote the healthy development and well-being of the nation's youth. 2002
Community Youth Development: New Challenges for a New Century
A report on how community development is a part of youth development, but finding the resources needed to build up that community can be a challenge. 2000
Minnesota Commission on Out-of-School Time
At the request of University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks, several members of our faculty examined Minnesota youth needs and produced a blueprint for ensuring Minnesota’s young people have engaging opportunities to learn and develop during the non-school hours. (2005)
Journeys into Community Executive Summary (720K PDF)
Journeys into Community Full Report (2,362K PDF)
A database of research-based youth development materials, particularly for at-risk audiences. Includes curricula, new and seminal research, technology and program evaluation resources.
Harvard Family Research Project
Research on more effective youth development practices, programs, and policies.
Research-based solutions to challenges facing young people.