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New Direction in Youth Development

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:04

New Directions for Youth Development: Theory, Practice, and Research is a quarterly publication focusing on contemporary issues challenging the field of youth development. The journal is dedicated to bringing together everyone concerned with helping young people, including scholars, practitioners, and people from different disciplines and professions.

 A defining focus of the journal is the relationship among theory, research, and practice. In particular, New Directions for Youth Development is dedicated to recognizing resilience as well as risk, healthy development of our youth, and the difficulties of adolescence. The journal is intended as a forum for provocative discussion that reaches across the worlds of academia, service, philanthropy, and policy.

Each issue of New Directions for Youth Development focuses on a single topic of significance and importance to the field of youth development and is edited by experts in that area of study and practice. Each issue undergoes an extensive peer review process.

Past topics of New Directions for Youth Development include: youth mentoring, threat and terror, immigrant youth, afterschool and out-of-school time, community building, youth leadership, summertime learning, spiritual development, violence and social disintegration, and youth advocacy.

An annual supplemental issue of New Directions for Youth Development is published by the National AfterSchool Association in cooperation with The Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR) located at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The NAA issue will contain articles that extend workshop presentations, practice, and research topics from the annual NAA Convention.


To learn more and review New Directions in Youth Development publications, click HERE.

Access the New Directions for Youth Development Magazine, online here.

To order a copy of New Directions in Youth Development for $20, please call 703-610-0225 or email