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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.

Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in Schools

On Monday, December 2 at 5 p.m., join us in CERAS 101 for a book talk with sociologist Rebecca London. In Rethinking Recess, she argues that recess is an essential part of the elementary school experience, with major implications for how well schools serve all students equitably and responsively.

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.


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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)