Youth Development

Child Trends’ youth development team studies adolescence and young adulthood and the contexts that shape development. Our ultimate mission is to foster positive development and well-being among adolescents and young adults. Through rigorous research, evaluation, technical assistance, and measure development, we aim to improve the programs, systems, and policies that impact adolescents, young adults, and their families. We develop logic models, conduct needs assessments, design programs, build program capacity for data-driven decision making, and share our findings with a variety of partners. Our work is grounded in a positive youth development approach that is strengths-based, responsive to the needs of communities, and focused on improving program quality, reducing disparities, and promoting positive outcomes and equity. Our team’s interests span a variety of topics, including out-of-school time, school- and community-based interventions, youth and young adult employment, economic self-sufficiency, juvenile justice, behavioral and emotional health, and the prevention of substance use and other risk behaviors.

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