Enhancing the Positive Youth Development Perspective: A Developmental Intervention Science Framework (2012)

 On April 2nd through the 3rd, 2012, Youth-Nex brought together 23 scholars at the University's beautiful Morven Farm in the spring, to advance further scientific knowledge and to formulate a framework for promoting effective youth development. We gathered to provide a research and action base for scientific study that integrates the understanding of developmental approaches to intervention evaluation through the positive youth development lens.

Rick Little, 'serial social entrepreneur' and founder of ImagineNations, International Youth Foundation, and founding president of America's Promise Alliance keynoted the event dinner on April 2.


  • Optimal Targets for Intervention

    Panel 1: Stephen Hamilton, Richard Catalano, Richard Lerner, Anne Petersen, and Margaret Spencer

  • Improving PYD Interventions and Evaluations

    Panel 2: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Nicholas Ialongo, Velma Murry, and Joanna Lee Williams

  • Settings and Programs for Adolescent PYD

    Panel 3: Jacqueline Lerner, Dale Blyth, Nancy Guerra, Reed Larson, and Jean Rhodes

  • Capability Focused Approach to Interventions

    Panel 4: Nancy Deutsch, Joseph Allen, Catherine Bradshaw, J. Douglas Coatsworth, and John Nesselroade

  • Collaborative Agenda for Scientific Advancement

    Panel 5: Edward Seidman, Suzanne Le Menestrel, Valerie Maholmes, and Jonathan Zaff

About Youth-Nex

Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world.