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NAA Partners with NAE4-HA on JYD

As the Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice (JYD) releases a new special issue on character development in youth programs, it is pleased to announce both a new publisher and a new partnership.

NAA will partner with the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) to ensure the continued growth and critical quality of JYD. The two organizations' expertise will ensure that the best of research and practice come together to make a difference for children and young people in the United States. The new partnership doubles the resources invested in the journal annually, expands its reach, increases opportunities for authors, and opens innovative ways for sharing content.

Creating and supporting a scholarly journal to help youth practitioners utilize current research in youth programs has long been a vision of NAE4-HA. The addition of the new partnership with NAA strengthens the journal and increases the reach of the journal to new audiences. "NAE4-HA is delighted to have formed this partnership with NAA and appreciates their financial commitment and expertise that will help this vision become a reality," said Mary Arnold, chair of NAE4-HA's Research and Evaluation Committee.

"At NAA we are always seeking ways to expand our members' knowledge of the most recent and most promising research impacting the field of afterschool," said Gina Warner, President and CEO of NAA. "This journal partnership with NAE4-HA is going to be a tremendous asset to that effort."

The special issue, Promoting Character through Youth Development Programs, was guest edited by Andrea Vest Ettekal, Kristina Schmid Callina and Richard M. Lerner from the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. The 10 feature articles in this special issue reflect the still early state-of-the-art of the literature linking out-of-school time activities and character development. We hope it will serve as a productive impetus for enhancing integrative knowledge and practice about promoting character among diverse children and adolescents through youth development programs. The entire volume can be freely accessed here.

Click here to visit the new special issue on promoting character development through youth development programs now, and become a regular reader by setting your JYD bookmark to stay connected to the Journal of Youth Development.

Photo courtesy of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.