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YOUTH-NEX  The Center to Promote Effective Youth Development — is a transdisciplinary center promoting healthy youth development, educational attainment and learning. Working across the University, Youth-Nex focuses on the assets of young people and works in a wide variety of areas including health management, civic engagement and education. Youth-Nex also aims to prevent youth problems such as violence, physical and mental health issues, substance abuse and school failure.


Youth-Nex programs of research focus on critical areas of youth development. These programs are multi-investigator, cross-disciplinary systematic research efforts. Each program is led by a U.Va. faculty member possessing substantial experience and expertise. It is our goal to generate new understanding about the most useful practices and appropriate policies in youth development.

Supportive Relationships 

Healthy Lifestyles 

Avoiding Risk

Engaged Citizenship 

Program Evaluation and Community Consultation






Upcoming Talks

Works in Progress

April 23 – "Innovative Methods for Understanding Youth-Adult Connections"​ – Valerie Futch, Ph.D., Nancy Deutsch, Ph.D.

Invited Presentation

April 9 – "Unequal Childhoods, Unequal Adulthoods: Small Moments and Large Consequences" – Annette Lareau, Ph.D., Stanley I. Sheerr Professor, Department of Sociology University of Pennsylvania.

Featured Articles

The Power of the Internet for Positive Action – What One Little Girl Did to Change Her School

To Gauge the Health of Your Whole Community, Look to Your Teens

Are Kids Getting More Virtuous?

Podcasts & Video

"Investigating Diversity in Early Adolescence (The IDEA Project)" – Joanna Lee Williams, Ph.D.

"Youth Development in Physical Activity Contexts: Promoting Social, Psychological, and Physical Assets" – Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.

"Family Income and Adolescent Well-Being" – Tabitha Wurster, Ph.D.

"Seven Fears and Countless Opportunities for Adolescents in the Digital World" – Candice Odgers, Ph.D. – VIDEO

"How Adolescents Form Trust in Youth Program Leaders" – Aisha N. Griffith, Ph.D. 

Youth-Nex Highlights

Recent News

Conference Video


Youth Online - An Interactive Youth Behavior Data Exploration Tool

Interactive Books

Physical Health & Well-Being e-Book

Middle School e-Book

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