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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.

GSE Policy Seminar Series: October to December 2019

These talks occur on select Thursday afternoons this fall. Our fellow co-sponsors include the Lemann Center, Center for Education Policy Analysis, Policy Analysis for California Education, and Rural Education Action Program (REAP).

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 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)