Youth-Nex Spring 2012 Working Conference
“Enhancing the Positive Youth Development Perspective: A Developmental Intervention Science Framework”
On April 2-3 Youth-Nex brought together 23 invited scholars —many world-renowned leaders in their fields—to U.Va.‘s beautiful Morven Farm. The purpose was to review, discuss, and reformulate the study of Positive Youth Development within a framework that views interventions as enhancing and affecting development. The conference was a success by all measures. We were able to formulate several critical scientific and scholarly issues and potential actions to solutions for advancing knowledge and capability about evaluation of programs thought to promote Positive Youth Development.
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Twenty-three scholars, six panels and two days
Conference Setting - UVA's 2,913 Acre Morven Farm
The Meeting Barn
Dr. Spencer is the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education at the University of Chicago
She spoke about "Identifying the Fundamental PYD Processes Affecting Development: Optimal Targets for Intervention"
View from the Meeting Barn
YN's Dr. Patrick Tolan and Dr. Suzanne Le Menestrel of the USDA
PYD as Meritorious Science
One panelist's slide illustrated the case for evidence-based research
Edward Seidman with Reed Larson
Dr. Seidman led a panel on "Forging a Collaborative Agenda for Scientific Advancement"
Panelists exchange after a presentation
Dr. Catalano enjoys a meal