What We Do
Youth-Nex is a trans-disciplinary center with a translational approach to scholarship and innovation that is central to its work.
We focus on three core domains: a) Out-of-School Time; b) Educational Systems: Middle School; and c) Community Engagement: Civic and Political.
We aim 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
Youth-Nex Initiatives and Projects
This guide provides a set of resources to accompany the SEL Learning Series videos.
This guide includes key takeaways and reflection questions for group facilitators.
The Design Team developed the first assessment tool in the series focused on Supporting Autonomy. Remaking Middle School will continue to develop assessments for the other three developmental domains.
Initial results from the Remaking Middle School Listening Tour reveal an important theme: adults need to elevate and center the perspectives of youth.
Remaking Middle School
Remaking Middle School is a multi-phase initiative, elevating the innovation that is present in middle schools across the country and soliciting national input on how we ensure all students thrive in, and grow from, their experience in the middle grades.
Preventive Interventions Team: Collaborative Research on Engagement and Wellbeing
We are a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research lab with a focus on prevention interventions that optimize implementation of evidence-based practices to improve behavior, classroom, and school experiences for youth and school personnel, and/or reduce risk for behavioral and mental health problems.
Relationships, Ecologies and Activities for Developing Youth Lab
We are interested in how settings and interactions can be optimized to best meet adolescents’ developmental needs. In particular, we are focused on the role that relationships (with peers, mentors, non-familial adults) and activities play in adolescent development.