Youth-Nex | The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development
NPR talks to Jennings about Unique Teacher Development Program
First mindfulness program studied with funding from the U.S. Department of Education
Prof. Deutsch Leads Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Nation's Collegiate Leaders Gather in First Meeting of its Kind
Compassionate Schools Project in it's First Year
Most comprehensive study ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum in an elementary or secondary school setting.
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Youth-Nex Leads Research to Study Health and Wellness Curriculum for Elementary Students
Letter From the Director, Patrick Tolan: The Compassionate Schools Project
We are excited to announce the launch of a six-year, $11 million randomized control trial, the Compassionate Schools Project, integrating a health and wellness curriculum for elementary students. The research is the most comprehensive ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum in an elementary or secondary school setting and was developed for K-5 students in 25 schools in Louisville, Kentucky.
We have formed a unique collaboration with private philanthropy, two centers at U.Va. (including Youth-Nex), the city of Louisville, and the Jefferson County Public Schools and aim to have a major impact on children’s education nationwide in terms of academic performance, physical education, character development, and child health policies. I am joined in this work with Youth-Nex faculty members Patricia Jennings and Alexis Harris.
It is also important to note that this work could not have been undertaken without the leadership of Louisville mayor, Greg Fischer a dedicated partner of the Charter of Compassion movement.
We look forward to reporting more progress in the coming months. Keep up with this project and other developments on this website and in Youth-Nex newsletters.
More Information on the Project:
Compassionate Schools Project
Selected Press Coverage:
VIDEO snapshot of CSP
UVA TODAY - U.Va. Partners with Louisville Schools to Study Health and Wellness Curriculum
The Courier-Journal - Compassion in Schools Great Step to Help Kids
WMRA - UVA Program Tests More 'Compassionate Schools'
The New York Times - Under Stress, Students in New York Schools Find Calm in Meditation
Press Conference Video
NPR - When Teachers Take a Breath, Students Can Bloom
For all News see the CSP NEWS PAGE
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.