The Gardner Center initiated YELL in 2000 as a nine month, afterschool pilot-program that trained 15 eighth grade students as community researchers, advisors, and socially conscious leaders. With Gardner Center program staff, embedded researchers, school and community partners, and youth themselves contributing to program development, YELL expanded to include 350 middle school and high school youth in two Bay Area communities over the next six years. While no longer running YELL programs directly, the Gardner Center includes the YELL approach in many of its community-based projects. The YELL Handbook, with over 300 pages of structured agendas and planning resources, is available for free download. This resource is currently used to support youth leadership development and action in a variety of contexts throughout the United States, as well as in international settings.
Anyon, Y., Brink, K., Crawford, M., Fernandez, M., Hofstedt, M., Osberg, J., & Strobel, K. (Eds.) (2007). Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning: a Handbook for Program Staff, Teachers, and Community Leaders. Stanford, CA. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.