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We partner with communities, researchers, and practitioners to produce research to improve and strengthen
the well-being of youth, inform policy and practice, and emphasize equity and capacity-building in
youth-serving organizations.



Lessons from Linked Learning High Schools

This guidebook offers seven illustrative profiles of California educators and their partners who are collaborating to develop integrated student supports for college and career readiness.

Youth Development Summer Reading List 2019

For the fifth year in a row, our staff have generated this multi-genre reading list to share books that have encouraged our own self-renewal as it pertains to a subject we all take to heart: youth development.

Voices for Equity: Youth Leadership in Oakland Community Schools

Researcher Kendra Fehrer answers a few questions about the chapter she co-wrote for the new book Community Schools: People and Places Transforming Education and Communities.

Our Team

Our interdisciplinary team includes students, researchers, faculty, and more.


Interdisciplinary Team

John W. Gardner (1912-2002)

"John  W. Gardner’s work and his vision were always about equality, justice, and the promise of human potential. He saw what so many people see as society’s insoluble problems as breathtaking opportunities. His vision for young people’s role in communities will live on through work of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities."

-Milbrey McLaughlin
Founding Faculty Director


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Credit: John W. Gardner Papers (SCO908)