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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.



New Study on Black Male Achievement

New research led by Gardner Center faculty director Thomas S. Dee provides the first evidence of effectiveness for a district-wide initiative for black male high school students in Oakland.

Improving School Readiness: A Randomized Control Trial 

On Monday, January 13 at noon, the MCHRI Seminar Series will feature Gardner Center Faculty Advisor Lisa Chamberlain. Learn more about a community-academic partnership in which Stanford pediatricians work with local clinics to reduce the impact of child poverty on students' wellbeing.

Full Service Community Schools in Oakland 

Since 2014, OUSD has partnered with the Gardner Center to support their efforts to assess, enhance, and scale their community schools work. These three briefs present findings from the third and final year of the present study.

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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)