Youth-Nex | The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development

Youth-Nex is a trans-disciplinary center focusing on three core domains: a) Out-of-School Time; b) Educational Systems: Middle School; and c) Community Engagement: Civic and Political (learn more in our about page). Central to its work is a translational approach to scholarship and innovation which aims to expand and apply the science of Positive Youth Development to enhance the strengths of youth and to prevent developmental risk such as violence; physical and mental health issues; substance abuse and school failure. View the Youth-Nex brochure.

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What's New at Youth-Nex

Youth-Nex Blog: Black Youth Suicide is Preventable

For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Jasmin Brooks says Black youth suicide is becoming a public health crisis.

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Mini Lessons from Remaking Middle School

This new series is on important topics from 2 seasons of the Lessons in Adolescence podcast.

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Youth-Nex's 8th Conference

Save the date for this free conference on Youth Voice & Agency during October 25-26, 2022 in Charlottesville, VA!

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Youth-Nex's 10th Anniversary Reception

  • History & Future of Youth-Nex

    Nancy Deutsch, Director of Youth-Nex, gives opening remarks on the history of the center and shares more on its future endeavors.

  • Importance of Youth Involvement

    Youth-Nex invited youth to participate in the celebration and honor their contributions to the center's success.

  • Community Collaborations

    The Program Director for Teen Empowerment attended and represents community leaders we've collaborated with to promote effective youth development.

  • Supporting a Variety of Faculty Roles

    Youth-Nex is committed to the training pipeline for faculty, supporting all faculty levels and types including post-docs, research assistant professors and more!

  • Student Support in a Multidisciplinary Center

    Youth-Nex works with and supports graduate students from a variety of backgrounds in education, psychology, and clinical sciences.

  • A Sustaining Commitment to the Center

    Patrick Tolan is the Founding Director of Youth-Nex, pictured with Catherine Bradshaw and Jennifer Hunter who support the work of Youth-Nex.

  • Youth-Nex Newsletter

    For the latest monthly updates from Youth-Nex, subscribe to our email newsletter. Youth-Nex News features links to the latest research publications or presentations and details on upcoming events.

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