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Youth Development References

The process of youth development involves essential elements, skills, and competencies. Below we have compiled a list of websites that are useful for learning about youth development trends, accessing statistical data, policy trends and youth programming.

 Selected Youth Development Research Websites

 Cornell

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

http://www.actforyouth.net/

      Mission: “ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth Center of Excellence connects research to practice in the areas of positive youth development and adolescent sexual health. With generous support from the New York State Department of Health, the Center of Excellence (COE) provides:

      Resources to aid those working in the areas of youth development and adolescent sexual health: publications and presentations, the e-letter ACT for Youth Update, and the websites actforyouth.net and nysyouth.net.

      Technical assistance and training for certain programs funded by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and for the New York State Youth Development Team. DOH-funded programs supported by the COE include Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) programs, and Sexual Health Promotion through Youth Leadership (SHPYL) programs.

       A home base for the ACT Youth Network, which connects young people across New York State.”

      Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories:

      Adolescent Development

      Community Involvement

      Evidence-Based Programs

      HIV/AIDS

      Positive Youth Development

      Pregnancy Prevention

      Program Planning

      Sexual Health

      Tools

      Youth Engagement

      Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

      research articles

      presentations

      Magnitude: large, 134

      Content: descriptions, links, organized/searchable

 4-H

4-H National Headquarters Youth Development Research

http://www.national4-hheadquarters.gov/comm/4h_ydrcenters.htm

      Mission: “The 4-H Youth Development Program brings together many academically trained program and research faculty and resources in youth development. Here are research and evaluation resources for 4-H and other youth development professionals.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       recent research on 4-H

       recent research on youth development

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       links to articles with one or two sentence descriptions

       links to land grant university research websites

       Magnitude: small, around 40 articles

       Content: descriptions of resources, links, about 4-H

 Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network

http://www.cyfernet.org/index.php?c=2

       Mission: “CYFERnet's Web site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. Through CYFERnet you can also interact with your colleagues and share your work nationally.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories:

       positive youth development

       life skills and program topics

       risk behaviors and crisis

       out-of-school time

       Youth/adult partnerships

       parenting of teens

       youth organizations

       training and professional development

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       “information on for child and youth development, parenting, families, and community development.

       practical research-based tools, curricula and activities for working with children, youth, families programs.

       a database to help you identify experts in the areas of children, youth, and family across the country.

       opportunities to interact with CYFAR professionals in our webinars, blogs, online communities.

       access to the latest research, statistical, and demographic information.

       resources and instruments for program evaluation.

       information on 3000 community-based programs serving vulnerable populations.

       information on the programmatic use of the latest technologies.”

       Magnitude: large, 500+

       Content:  descriptions, links, about 4-H, organized/searchable

 The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

http://www.theinnovationcenter.org/

       Mission: “The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development unleashes the potential of youth, adults, organizations, and communities to engage together in creating a just and equitable society. We have succeeded in our mission when:

       Community organizations are stronger, more willing, and able to pursue and share innovative solutions to age-old problems.

       People of all ethnic, racial, gender, class, educational, and geographic backgrounds gain recognition and sufficient support to contribute to community and youth development and youth civic engagement.

       The field of community and youth development is more diverse and responsive to the courage, competence, and dedication of underrepresented youth.

       Young people are viewed as valued resources and partners in every community, and they respond to their respected status by devoting their tremendous energy and focus to the pursuit of social and economic justice.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: section on youth development but resources are not organized

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       Toolkits and Resources

       Reports and Research

       Magnitude: small, 25

       Content: descriptions, links

 Other Land Grant Universities

University of Minnesota Extension

http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/research/

       Mission/Purpose: “The Extension Center for Youth Development is the only organization of its kind in Minnesota. By researching, training and delivering youth development programs, we help to create positive, out-of-school time, non-formal learning opportunities for young people throughout Minnesota.”

       Breadth or Focus and sub-categories:

       Youth Work program has resources for those working in youth development programs;

       Minnesota 4-H programs

       Cultural programs

       Health programs

       Leadership programs

       engagement programs

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       section with links to articles just on 4-H teaching models

       presentations, research and reports, books, and website links to resources in these categories:

                                               theory and framework,

                                               evidence and outcomes

                                               policy

                                               designing youth programs

                                               managing youth programs

                                               evaluating youth programs

                                               assessing and increasing the quality of youth programs

       Magnitude: medium, 100+ documents

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs, about 4-H, organized/searchable

 

University of Wisconsin Extension 4-H Youth Development

http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/

       Mission/Purpose: “

       Breadth or Focus and sub-categories: youth development, with some resources specific to 4-H

       Types of resources:

       searchable 4-H curriculum page

       presentations

       publications on youth development by Wisconsin researchers

       Magnitude: large, 219

       Content: about 4-H, organized/searchable

 Michigan State University Extension

       Mission: “Many people hear the word “Extension” and think “agriculture.”  While agricultural education is an important part of Extension, providing educational programming that supports the needs of children and youth is a large part of Michigan State University Extension’s mission.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: information for 4-H educators on the topics of:

       Michigan 4-H

       Careers and Entrepreneurship

       Citizenship and Service

       Mentoring

       Science and Technology

       Animals, Music, Health & More

       Types of resources: research reports, curricula, handouts

       Magnitude: medium, 50

       Content: about 4-H, organized/searchable

 University of Illinois Youth Development Research Project

 http://www.youthdev.illinois.edu/tydepubs.htm

       Mission:

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories:

       Role of Program Advisors

       Developmental Processes, General

       Development of Initiative and Strategic thinking

       Emotional Development

       Teamwork Development

       Social Capital Development

       Bridging Differences

       Motivation

       Youth Programs and Families

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       Research article summaries

       Links to full articles

       Magnitude: small, 33

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs, organized/searchable

 University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

http://cyd.ucdavis.edu/

       Mission: “The 4-H Center for Youth Development (CYD) conducts and promotes collaborations in research and evaluation between University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension professionals and UC campus-based scientists that deepen our understanding of youth development in the contexts of family and community.

The mission of the CYD is to:

1.     Facilitate collaborations for and conduct research and evaluation that increases understanding of youth development in the contexts of family and community,

2.     Extend knowledge to UC Cooperative Extension and other youth professionals in the science of youth development, applied research, and evaluation,

3.     Provide communications to a broad range of stakeholders about the research, evaluation, education, and training activities of the CYD,

4.     Provide campus-based support that facilitates the ongoing research, evaluation, education, and training of UC Cooperative Extension professionals.

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       youth development research

       youth development and 4-H

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       research reports

       journal articles

       resource materials

       Magnitude: large, 100+ of documents, not all with links

       Content: links, about 4-H

Private Universities

Stanford Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities

http://gardnercenter.stanford.edu/

       Mission: “The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: general youth development

       Types of resources

       Development Series: John W. Gardner Center's signature series of community-focused publications based on JGC's research findings.

       Research Briefs

       Issue Briefs

       Policy Briefs

       Practice Briefs

       Academic Journals and Chapters

       Conference Papers

       Case studies

       Presentations

       Curricula

       Guides for program evaluations

       Magnitude: medium, 100+

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs

 

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

http://www.chapinhall.org/research/areas/Youth-Development-and-Afterschool-Initiatives

       Mission: “Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has, since its inception in 1985 as a research and policy center, focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. We do this through policy research—by developing and testing new ideas, generating and analyzing information, and examining policies, programs, and practices across a wide range of service systems and organizations.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: Youth Development and Afterschool Initiatives

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       Issue Briefs

       Reports and Articles

       Ongoing Research

       Magnitude: small, 42

       Content: links, briefs

 

Harvard Family Research Project

http://www.hfrp.org/

       Mission: “Since 1983, we have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities.  We work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education.  Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       Complementary Learning

       Out-Of-School Time

       Family Involvement

       Evaluation

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       Bibliography and database by category

       program evaluations

       Magnitude: medium, 100+ for out-of-school time

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs

 Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency

Assessment Tools in Informal Science

http://www.pearweb.org/atis/dashboard/index

       Mission: This is a searchable website of assessment tools for informal science learning. The goal is to provide practitioners, evaluators, researchers and policy makers with the information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and youth. Supported by the Noyce Foundation, PEAR (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency) located at Mclean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reviewed existing tools and published the findings in a report titled Toward a Systematic Evidence-Base for Science in Out-of-School Time: The Role of Assessment. This website is based on the findings of that report and will be continuously updated in collaboration with the Youth Development Researchers at 4-H.

       Breadth or focus and subcategories: organized by:

       Age: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

       Domain: Competence and Reasoning, Engagement / Interest, Attitude / Behavior, Content / Knowledge, Career Knowledge / Acquisition

       Assessment Type: Drawing, Point Scale, Interview, Multiple Choice, Short Response, Extended Response

       Types of resources: 52 STEM assessment tools, links to 50 research articles, 37 youth development websites,

       Magnitude: large

       Content: descriptions, searchable, user reviews

 The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development

http://curry.virginia.edu/research/centers/youth-nex

      Mission: “Applies a multi-dimensional, holistic and scientific approach to enhance development of healthy, productive citizens. 

      Works across the University to engage multi-disciplinary faculty with diverse expertise in youth development.

      Places emphasis on promoting effective development including prevention of physical and mental illness, violence, substance abuse, and school failure.

      Bridges gaps between academic practice and policy.

      Trains students and other professionals in the science and practice of effective youth development.

      Collaborates with local, state, and federal partners on action to promote youth development.

      Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: general youth development

      Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads):

      research articles, books

      Magnitude: large, 140

      Content: some links

 Policy/Program Organizations

Urban Institute

www.urban.org

      Mission: “The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories:

       in the children and youth category-

                                               adolescent sexual behavior

                                               child care and development

                                               child health

                                               child welfare

                                               delinquency and crime

                                               economic well-being

                                               neighborhoods and youth

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       research reports

       research briefs

       Magnitude: large, around 300 related resources

       Content: descriptions of resources, organized/searchable

 American Youth Policy Forum

http://www.aypf.org/

      Mission: “AYPF’s mission is to broaden the awareness and understanding of policymakers and to strengthen the youth policymaking process by bridging policy, practice, and research. We do this by identifying the most pertinent high-quality information on youth issues available and providing a forum for prominent leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as the youth themselves, to share their viewpoints and expertise about the policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       Community-Based Education

       Juvenile Justice

       National & Community Service

       Parent, Community Involvement & Community Schools

       Research

       Service-learning, Civic Engagement & Character Education

       Youth in Foster Care

       Youth Leadership & Voice

       Youth with Disabilities

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       research briefs

       research reports

       Magnitude: large, 100s of documents

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs, organized/searchable

 Child Trends

http://www.childtrends.org/_listAllPubs.cfm?LID=14856219-D5D2-4547-AC3203F6C3726495

       Mission: “Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: youth development

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       Examples of programs that do and do not work

       specific “easy to read” briefs for after school practitioners

       organized by program type, population, and outcome

       Specific topics:

                                               Cultural Competence

                                               Development and Well-Being

                                               Evaluation Research

                                               Evidence based practices

                                               Measuring Outcomes

                                               School and community involvement

                                               Staff development

                                               Program Implementation

                                               Risk

       Magnitude: large, over 900 resources

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs, organized/searchable

 The Search Institute

http://www.search-institute.org/

       Mission: “To provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       Developmental Assets

       “Thriving and Sparks”

       Spiritual Development

       Communities

       Education

       Families

       Adult-Youth Relationships

       Programs and Practices

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       reports

       bibliography of peer-reviewed articles

       some materials available in Spanish

       some materials are available for a fee

       Magnitude: medium, around 100 documents and links

       Content: descriptions, links

 Social Development Research Group

http://www.sdrg.org/

       Mission: “The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of researchers united in a common mission... To understand and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development among diverse populations by:

       conducting research on factors that influence development

       developing & testing the effectiveness of interventions

       studying service systems and working to improve them

       advocating for science-based solutions to health and behavior problems

       disseminating knowledge, tools, and expertise produced by our research.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: youth development, general

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       links to research articles

       presentations

       descriptions of their programs

       Magnitude: large, 400+ resources

       Content: links, organized/searchable

Public/Private Ventures

http://www.ppv.org/ppv/index.asp

       Mission: “P/PV is a national nonprofit research organization that works to improve the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty communities by making social programs more effective. We identify and examine gaps in programs designed to create opportunities for people in poverty. We use this knowledge to stimulate new program ideas, manage demonstration projects, conduct evaluations, and expand or replicate effective approaches.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       Employment

       Crime Reduction and Reentry

       Mentoring

       Out-of-School Time

       In-school initiatives

       Community Health

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       research briefs, reports, toolkits, curricula, workshops and conferences specifically for practitioners

       Magnitude: medium, around 70 applicable documents

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs

National Institute on Out-of-School Time

http://www.niost.org/index.php

       Mission: “Our mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities during non-school hours. We believe that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society. Our work bridges the worlds of research and practice.”

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories

       Afterschool Matters

       Evaluation and Assessment

       Learning and Enrichment

       Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

       Policy

       Program Improvement

       Promising School Practices

       School Age Notes

       Workforce Development

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       research and technical papers,

       Assessment and training tools,

       publications,

       links to other organizations sorted by topic

       Magnitude: medium, 86 documents

       Content:  descriptions, links, organized/searchable

 The Forum for Youth Investment

http://forumfyi.org/pubs

       Mission: To create opportunities and incentives for youth and adult leaders to think differently, act differently and act together because they are:

       linked by core beliefs about what is needed,

       guided by a shared sense of accountability,

       girded by compelling data, and

       driven by a common desire to ensure that all children, youth, families and communities have the supports and opportunities they need to succeed.

       Breadth or Focus and Sub-categories: many topics relating to youth development

       Types of resources (research briefs, research reports, links, downloads)

       opinion pieces

       research reports

       case studies

       Magnitude: large, 423

       Content: descriptions, links, briefs, organized/searchable

 Statistics Websites

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/

Statistics on:

      many data separated by demographics (race, age, ethnicity, immigrant status)

      Educational attainment, test scores, graduation rates, absenteeism, idle youth, childcare, Head Start, family involvement, education expenditures, early reading indicators

      parent and youth unemployment

      housing (rent or owned), low income housing, crowded housing

      multiple poverty indicators

      low birthweight babies, infant mortality

      teen deaths, teen birth rates

Rankings, graphs, and maps for data by state and major cities

Data by county, congressional district, school district, county subdivisions

 

Pew Internet and American Life Project: Teen Statistics

http://pewinternet.org/

Statistics on:

      teen internet use rates

      ownership of cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, game systems

      what activities teens do online

      technology use over time

Separated by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and income

 

Forum on Child and Family Statistics

http://childstats.gov/index.asp

“The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, or the Forum, is a working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families. The Forum has partners from 22 Federal agencies as well as partners in private research organizations.”

Statistics on:

      family arrangements (single parents, divorce, etc..)

      teen birth rate

      income

      poverty status

      health insurance

      crimes

      cigarette smoking

      test scores

      idle youth

 

Guttmacher Institute: Adolescent Sexual Health

http://www.guttmacher.org/sections/adolescents.php

Statistics on:

      teens’ sources of information about sex

      teen sexual health

      State policies on:

      An Overview of Minors' Consent Laws

      Minors' Access to Contraceptive Services

      Minors' Access to Prenatal Care

      Minors' Access to STD Services

      Minors' Rights as Parents

      Parental Involvement in Minors' Abortions

      Sex and STD/HIV Education

Global statistics, multiple languages

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm

Statistics on:

“The 2009 YRBSS included a national school-based survey conducted by CDC, 47 state surveys, four territory surveys, two tribal government surveys, and 23 local surveys conducted among students in grades 9–12 during October 2008–February 2010. High school YRBS results are available for the nation as a whole and for those states, districts, territories, and tribal governments that elected to conduct a high school YRBS in their jurisdiction and obtained weighted data.”

Middle school YRBS results are available for those states, districts, territories, and tribal governments that elected to conduct a middle school YRBS in their jurisdiction and obtained weighted data. In 2009, 14 states, 10 cities, 2 territories, and 2 tribal governments obtained weighted data for their middle school YRBS. There is no national middle school YRBS.”

       Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence

       Tobacco use

       Alcohol and other drug use

       Sexual risk behaviors

       Unhealthy dietary behaviors

       Physical inactivity

National data and for select states and school districts; by sex, race, and grade level

 

Census Bureau:

http://www.census.gov/

Statistics on: (possible topics of interest)

      Selected indicators of child well-being

      Children’s living arrangements and characteristics

      income, poverty, and health insurance coverage

      language use at home

      school costs

      school enrollment

      school districts

Data down to neighborhood level; sometimes by race, age, etc.

The Penn State University team led by Dr. Jan Scholl for won a NIFA Partnership award. Jan and her colleagues were recognized for their work in creating the 4-H and EFNEP research databases. Attached please find the press release about the award.