Youth-Nex | The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development

Youth-Nex is a trans-disciplinary center focusing on three core domains: a) Out-of-School Time; b) Educational Systems: Middle School; and c) Community Engagement: Civic and Political. Central to its work is a translational approach to scholarship and innovation which aims to expand and apply the science of Positive Youth Development to enhance the strengths of youth and to prevent developmental risk such as violence; physical and mental health issues; substance abuse and school failure. View the Youth-Nex brochure.

The Youth-Nex Focus

Youth Can Flourish Out-of-School

When engaged in positive and prosocial activities relationships during out-of-school hours, youth can flourish.

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Educational Systems: Middle School

Viewing middle school through the lens of PYD reveals a disconnect between what we know and how schooling is delivered.

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Community Engagement: Civic and Political

The engagement of youth in communities, through civic and political activity, is critical to the survival of a just society.

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  • Tolan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From SPR

    Patrick Tolan, Director Emeritus of the Youth-Nex Center and Charles S. Robb Professor in the Curry School of Education, was selected to receive the 2018 Presidential Award, a lifetime achievement award, by the Society for Prevention Research (SPR).

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