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Building high-quality youth programs

Whether your program is large or small, you can integrate research-based practices to make it more effective and to help youth thrive. Discover resources, research briefs, practical guides and custom training we offer on foundations of youth development.

Program design and evaluation

Program evaluation, designing for social and emotional learning, program quality and design

Supportive relationships and environment

Basic youth needs, dealing with conflict, program quality and more

Youth leadership and voice

Cross-age teaching, global citizenship, youth teaching youth, youth-adult partnerships

Youth learning and skills

Individual lessons and curricula on social and emotional skills, healthy living, college readiness, STEM and more

Equity, culture and identity

Inclusive programs for LGBTQ+, special needs, immigrant and all youth 

Building youth resilience

Dealing with rural stress, childhood trauma and more

Youth program management

Leading a program, dilemmas in youth work, managing volunteers and teams, growing your program

Family and community engagement

Public engagement strategies, partnering for school success

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