Youth-Nex Conference 2019: Dialoging for Democracy, Youth Moral Reasoning and Social Justice

Youth-Nex is celebrating 10 years and proud to announce the 7th Youth-Nex Conference! #YouthAct19

On November 12-13th, 2019, the 7th Youth-Nex Conference, “Dialoging for Democracy: Youth Moral Reasoning and Social Justice” (#YouthAct19), will provide a forum for youth, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers across the country to participate in a robust discussion about whether contentious and contracted historical and contemporary social issues is necessary for the health of our democracy. During this conference we will explore how we engage with issues of human welfare and justice with young people, taking into account their developmental capacities and social identities. Young people themselves are actively making meaning of the world and leading the conversation in many areas of social change, including a number of issues on which youth themselves have pointed out the moral imperative for action (e.g., climate change, gun control, racial and economic justice, immigration). During this conference, participants will discuss the developmental underpinnings of moral reasoning, best practices for engaging adolescents in generative discourse that promotes the development of one’s moral reasoning, and examples of how this is applied in classroom and out-of-school settings to further democratic engagement. We hope you will join us for an engaging, critical discussion. 

Conference Chairs: Johari Harris, Ph.D with Nancy Deutsch, Ph.D.



Throughout this day and a half conference, participants will have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions, facilitated round tables, youth performances, and several calls to action. If you use social media, please make sure to tag #YouthAct19 and Youth-Nex! The finalized agenda and presenter bio are available on our website.



Conference registration for attendees is available through an online form (please note, if you are an invited presenter you should be using a different registration form provided directly by Youth-Nex). Attendees should register by November 1st, or early as space is limited. Once available slots are filled, registration will close.

Cost: The invitation-only event is free. 


  • Tuesday November 12th, 2019 from 8 AM to 4:45 PM: Light breakfast, and lunch provided
  • Wednesday November 13th, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Light breakfast provided

Dietary preferences can be requested on the registration form with adherence to registration deadline.

All or portions of the conference proceedings may be video-taped and/or photographed by Youth-Nex and media representatives. Attendance assumes this acknowledgment.




The conference will be held at:
Alumni Hall, 211 Emmet Street South, Charlottesville, VA 22903



There will be NO parking at Alumni Hall. The nearest parking is located down the street, one-tenth of a mile south of Alumni Hall at Central Grounds Parking Garage ( 400 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903) for an hourly fee. You need to arrange payment at the pay stations before leaving the garage--here are some instructions on how do this (PDF). You may also be able ot use the ParkMobile App.

From Alumni Hall, go south on Emmet Street for 1/10 mile. Turn left into the garage. The garage is located between Thompson Road and McCormick Road.


Other Travel

Charlottesville is serviced by Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) which is approximately 20 minutes from the University. Other regional airports may be options including Richmond (RIC) about 60 minutes from Charlottesville, and Dulles (IAD) about 2 hours from Charlottesville.

Charlottesville (CVS) is serviced by Amtrak.


Lodging Options

Please note: Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging, while invited presenters should be working directly with Youth-Nex.


The Graduate - is approximately .7 miles, from the conference location
1309 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 295-4333

Courtyard Charlottesville - University Medical Center Hotel (by Marriott)
1201 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 977-1700
Toll Free (800) 321-2211(we recommend you call the direct number above)

The Draftsman
1106 W. Main St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Homestays, like Airbnb or VBRO, are also available in Charlottesville



Youth-Nex is supported by a grant from Philip Morris USA, an Altria Company. We gratefully acknowledge this important support. The work of Youth-Nex is solely determined by the Center and is not meant to represent the official views of the sponsor.

About Youth-Nex

Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world.