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The Gardner Center partners with communities, researchers, and practitioners to conduct rigorous research, support evidence-based practices to improve and strengthen the well-being of youth, and emphasize equity and capacity-building in youth-serving organizations.

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Developing High Quality School Leaders in Every Setting

Read the fourth in a series of case studies highlighting the challenges, creative policy responses, and exemplary practices in California’s legislatively created public alternative high schools.

Housing Instability and Educational Outcomes of San Mateo County Youth

In San Mateo County, about 2,600 students experienced housing instability between 2016 and 2019, making them up to six times more likely to be chronically absent from school and four times more likely not to graduate high school.

How School Communities Can Address Compassion Fatigue & Promote Wellbeing

In this Q&A, Dr. Kristin Geiser prompts Dr. Joshi to unpack the concept of compassion fatigue and offer his thoughts on how school communities can address secondary traumatic stress and promote wellbeing.

John W. Gardner (1912-2002)

Credit: John W. Gardner Papers (SCO908)

"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

View a Timeline of John W. Gardner's Life 

John W. Gardner Papers

Stanford Libraries is home to many of Gardner’s personal and professional papers. There are also recordings and photographs from throughout his life, and a collection of oral histories. A Spotlight exhibit serves as an introduction to this archive, highlighting Gardner’s life and his lasting impact on education, public service, and Stanford University.

To learn more about Gardner's life and the collections at Stanford, you can access the Spotlight exhibit here.