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Three middle school girls stand in front of a bank of blue lockers, talking and laughing.

What Happens When You Give Middle Schoolers a Voice?

One school in Chicago, guided by UVA youth development researchers, put a new model for approaching challenges in middle schools to the test.

 

In Its 25th Year, UVA Mentoring Program Thrives, Continues Legacy of Impact for Middle School Girls

While many mentoring programs paused or ended during the pandemic, UVA’s Young Women Leaders Program refocused and built on their foundation of fostering youth competence, connection, and autonomy.

 

Pioneering The Notion of Positive Youth Development

Retiring education professor Patrick Tolan helped push the study of adolescent development toward a strengths-based perspective.

 

Emma Otremba

Class of 2022: Emma Otremba

Emma is from Pierz, Minnesota, and is graduating with a master’s degree in Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science.

 

Emma Keller

Class of 2022: Emma Keller

Emma is from Hampton, Virginia, and is graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Youth and Social Innovation.

 

Paola and Brene

Q&A: She Works For Brené Brown. Here's What She's Learned About Human Connection.

UVA EHD alumna Paola Sánchez Valdez wrote an essay for the famed emotions expert’s latest book and makes a cameo in an HBO Max special released this month.

 

National Mentoring Month: New Research Roundup

For National Mentoring Month, we curated a list of recent research papers that offer the latest insights into effective mentoring.

 

Nancy Deutsch

Q & A: How to Approach Last Year’s Limited Learning Gains

The way educators frame and approach any learning gaps caused by the pandemic can make a huge difference in the wellbeing of children and youth.

 

Nancy Deutsch and Johari Harris

Q&A: Supporting Teens as They Navigate Back-To-School

Two UVA education researchers say schools are going to have to be attuned to students’ social, emotional and mental health needs as they return to school.

 

Coming Out of COVID: Youth Discuss Life During and Their Hopes for After the Pandemic

As families, schools and communities start to navigate this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sat down with three youth to understand more about what adults who engage with youth should be thinking about.

 

Coming Out of COVID: Community Advocates Weigh In On Supporting Youth

As families, schools and communities start to navigate this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sat down with two community advocates to understand more about what adults who engage with youth should be thinking about within our local communities.

 

Coming Out of COVID: How to Best Support Youth Mental Health

As families, schools and communities start to navigate this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sat down with two community wellness experts to understand more about how adults can best support youth mental health.

 

Coming Out of COVID: Medical Doctors Working with Youth Share Recommendations as Vaccinations Continue

As families, schools and communities start to navigate this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sat down with two pediatricians to understand more about what adults who engage with youth should be thinking about in terms of medicine.

 

Katrina Debnam and Nancy Deutsch

Youth-Nex Professors Support Researchers by Leading New Methods Consultancy

Professors Deutsch and Debnam have received support from the William T. Grant Foundation to provide consultancy to other foundation grantees on using mixed methods in their own research.

 

Studying Hope, Resilience, and Action in Black and Latinx Adolescent Girls

A Youth-Nex faculty and graduate student team landed two grants to support their research on critical consciousness and sociopolitical development among adolescent girls.

 

Mentoring teens

Mentoring: Expert Voices on New Research and Best Practices

January is National Mentoring Month, and researchers at the UVA School of Education and Human Development are contributing to a rapidly growing body of research on how and why effective mentoring works. The School is also home to a number of mentoring programs, including one launched by an undergraduate student. See below to learn more about the many ways that the School is advancing mentoring efforts to support positive youth development.

 

4 Things Your Teen (or Pre-Teen) Needs

Build stronger relationships with the teens and pre-teens in your life by understanding these four underlying developmental needs that drive adolescent behavior.

 

School mental health

UVA Leads Virginia’s New Plan to Improve Mental Health in K-12 Schools

A statewide partnership aims to build a well-connected network of school mental health professionals by pairing graduate trainees with under-resourced school divisions.

 

Chauncey Smith

Youth-Nex Faculty Profile: 5 Questions with Prof. Smith

Chauncey Smith, an assistant professor at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, discusses his approach to youth development and innovation and his work to understand youth’s sociopolitical development.

 

Filip Loncke (left) and April Salerno (right)

'Hidden in Plain Sight': Exploring Linguistic Diversity at UVA

A new cross-disciplinary project seeks to explore and celebrate linguistic diversity within the University student body, bringing an overlooked resource to the surface.

 

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