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Gardner Center pioneers research as catalyst for ‘community youth development’

April 23, 2014
In the Media
Jonathan Rabinovitz

A couple of decades ago, Milbrey McLaughlin, while doing research in one of the nation’s worst housing projects, noticed how certain teenagers were defying the odds: In that gritty urban neighborhood, where it was too dangerous for the delivery man to bring a pizza to the door, these students were graduating from troubled high schools — and going on to college or solid jobs.

It was an observation that not only would change how she pursued her work with underserved youth but would also encourage scholars, civic leaders, educators and policymakers in the Bay Area and nationwide to adopt a new framework for change: community youth development.


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