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
Check out the latest news and resources this month from Youth-Nex. Click arrows below to scroll to the left or right for more.
Youth Voices on Classroom Censorship
This new blog discusses issues of classroom censorship that took center stage during a youth-led social justice theater troupe, the EPIC Theatre Ensemble.
School Mental Health Brief on Links to Racial Justice & More
This brief summarizes a research article about completing the circle by linking restorative practices, socio-emotional well-being, and racial justice in schools.
2023 Job Market Candidates
These Youth-Nex early career scholars are on the market this year and could be an asset to your organization.
Youth-Nex Initiatives and Projects
The full Portrait provides an overview of adolescent development and describes the six key domains of adolescent development.
This self-assessment can help you reflect on how well your program, setting, or system is supporting thriving in each of the six domains described in the Portrait of a Thriving Youth.
This overview offers a starter list of the knowledge, skills, and competencies that adolescents develop over time.
This 1-page flyer introduces the domains of the Portrait of a Thriving Youth.
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.
Designed as a guiding light for those supporting adolescents, Portrait of a Thriving Youth is a dynamic picture of what youth need to flourish.
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.