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As part of Stanford University, the Gardner Center is working to support the health and well-being of our campus community and our neighboring communities. While our staff is complying with the shelter in place orders issued for the Bay Area, we are available to connect by phone, email, and video conferencing tools. Thank you for taking care of yourselves and others. Visit COVID-19 Resources for Teachers & Families.



San Mateo Area Teen Mental Health Study

This research brief reports findings from an analysis of efforts to to strengthen mental health supports for youth in San Mateo area school districts and offers actionable opportunities for improving support for student mental health.

The Way We Do School: A New Book from Harvard Education Press 

Available soon: a new title by Milbrey McLaughlin, Kendra Fehrer, and Jacob Leos-Urbel. This book offers an in-depth profile of the nation's most ambitious community school intiative. 

Tools & Strategies for Equitable College Attainment 

This brief describes lessons learned from the College Futures Foundation’s Community Philanthropy for Student Success Initiative, with an emphasis on understanding capacity building through contextual knowledge and collective inquiry.

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 the 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)