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Program design is critical to addressing program goals. This section includes research, resources and practical techniques to plan and create effective development opportunities for youth in your programs.


Yusuf Burgess

Urban Youth and Nature: Changing Lives, Transforming Communities!
Yusuf Burgess

Research shows the amount of time young people spend in the outdoors has decreased significantly. This leadership video presentation addresses disparities and provides critical insights into the importance of reconnecting urban youth with our natural environment. 2008


Community programs to promote youth development
J. Eccles & J.A.Gootman

This book offers recommendations for policy, practice, and research to ensure that programs are well designed to contribute to a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. 2002

Walking your talk: Building assets in organizations that serve youth
N. Starkman

Drawn from the experiences of over 100 youth-work professionals, this book demonstrates how to maximize asset-building opportunities, enhance asset-building power, and focus on goals and expectations. 2002

Related organizations

Ready by 21 initiative
Ready by 21 provides leaders with proven tools and resources based on the knowledge and experience of top thinkers from across the country. Take advantage of blueprints, surveys, how-to guides, Webinars, in-depth coaching and technical assistance to ensure the success of your initiative.

A database of research-based youth development materials, particularly for at-risk audiences. Includes curricula, new and seminal research, technology and program evaluation resources.

Harvard Family Research Project
Research on more effective youth development practices, programs, and policies.

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
A collaborative effort of the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and the Minneapolis Public Schools that champions the well-being and healthy development of Minneapolis children and young people.

Search Institute
Research-based solutions to challenges facing young people.

Sprockets is a network of many different after-school and summer programs in Saint Paul.

Founded by the McKnight Foundation, in partnership with other funders, with youth, and with key stakeholders, the mission of Youthprise is to champion learning beyond the classroom so that all Minnesota youth thrive.

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