Youth-Nex | The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development

  • 7 Key Principles of Self-Regulation Development Identified

    New Report


  • March: Acceleration and Dips

    Skills for Peace & Productivity in the Classroom


  • Physical Activity & Youth Development - Video Posted

    Maureen Weiss, Ph.D.


  • Call for Papers

    Special Issue - Journal of Youth Development


  • The Impact of Social Stratification and Life Chances.

    Special Presentation


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

March 26 – "Investigating Diversity in Early Adolescence (The IDEA Project)" – Joanna Lee Williams, 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

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

Are Kids Getting More Virtuous?

Podcasts & Video

"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. 

"School Contexts to Promote Youth Development: Understanding Processes and Evaluating Change" – Juliette Berg, 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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