New Journal Section: Thought Leader Commentaries

Beginning with the Spring 2018 special issue focused on the value of camp experiences, each issue will feature a special commentary by a leading figure in the field of youth development. These leaders are invited to reflect on a topic and share their thoughts on where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go.  Among the thought leaders to be featured this next year are Lance Ozier from The City University of New York, Karen Pittman from the Forum for Youth Investment, and Rich Lerner from Tufts University.  

If you have suggestions for leaders in youth development practice, research or policy that you would like to hear from, please contact section editor Dale Blyth ( 

Posted: 2017-12-15

JYD selected for the Emerging Sources Citation Index


Launched in 2015, the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) is a new database within Clarivate Analytics’ (formerly Thomson Reuters’) Web of Science that extends the universe of publications to include high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging scientific fields.

We are delighted to announce that the Journal of Youth Development has been selected for coverage in the ESCI! This is the first step in applying to the Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.

Indexing in the ESCI will improve visibility of the journal, and indicates that the scholarly community sees JYD as high quality and making a contribution to scholarship. 

Posted: 2017-08-15

Call for Papers for Special Issue: Promoting Health and Well-being in Youth

Special Issue Co-Editors Theresa Ferrari and Mary Arnold  
Posted: 2017-06-29 More...

Call for Papers for Special Issue: The Value of Camp Experiences for Positive Youth Development

Special Issue Co-Editors:  M. Deborah Bialeschki and Laurie Browne, American Camp Association  
Posted: 2017-03-13 More...

Greetings and welcome to the New Journal of Youth Development!


With the start of 2017, I am the new editor of the Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice (JYD), an open-source, peer-reviewed, quarterly online publication dedicated to advancing youth development practice and research. JYD serves applied researchers and evaluators as well as practitioners who work in youth-serving organizations or the intermediaries that support them.

I am an Associate Professor and Specialist in Youth Work Practice at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. I provide leadership to the understanding and development of youth work practice. I study the role that adult program leaders, staff and volunteers play in supporting youth development in programs. A big area of my research explores the dilemmas that practitioners face in their everyday work with young people and their strategies for addressing these challenges. I also lead professional development programs aimed at supporting and improving youth work practice. A major focus for the past few years has been in supporting social and emotional learning.

In terms of my goals and vision for the journal, I think that JYD fills a critical niche – a place for applied scholarship and practice-based work. In other words, relevant and useful studies about and for those working with and on behalf of young people. I will be seeking articles that feature applied research that can inform practice, useful evaluation strategies to improve programs for youth, and promising programs that have insights for others. I expect all articles to have clear implications for youth development research, practice, and programming.

Special thanks to outgoing editor Patricia Dawson for getting three 2016 issues prepared for publication – they are available now! 


Kate Walker, JYD Editor 

Posted: 2017-01-05 More...

New Archives and Editor


We are delighted to announce that all previous issues (2006-2015) of the Journal of Youth Development (JYD) are now available in the archives. It’s now easy to search by keyword, author or title. PDFs of articles can be easily downloaded. Special thanks to the whole team involved in making this possible.

We regret the longer than expected delay in making the archives available and the absence of any issues thus far this year. We are hoping to make up for it in 2017 with all of your help -- and that of our new editor, Dr. Kate Walker!

Kate Walker, University of Minnesota Extension Specialist in Youth Work Practice, will become the editor of JYD in 2017. Kate has been a member of the Publications Committee as well as a co-editor of a special issue featuring 100 years of research in youth development (Volume 6, Number 3, 2011). She has already been working on a special issue for 2017 on practitioner inquiry, and on a new look for the journal’s website (coming in 2017). Please help us welcome and support Kate in her new role. She may be reached at

We look forward to making JYD the best journal for bridging research and practice in youth development. Thanks for bearing with us during this unduly long transition and join us in moving the journal and the field of youth development forward.


Dale A. Blyth, PhD and Mary E. Arnold, PhD

JYD Publication Committee Co-Chairs

Posted: 2016-11-29

New Website Launch


The Journal of Youth Development Publications Committee would like to welcome you to the new Journal of Youth Development website and publishing platform. The transition to a fully open access peer-reviewed journal is the result of long term investments made by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the National Afterschool Association. To celebrate the launch of the new site, a special issue was commissioned on promoting character development with guest editors Andrea Vest Ettekal, Kristina Schmid Callina, and Richard M. Lerner, from the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. Whether a reader, past author, potential author, or someone who just discovered the Journal of Youth Development, we hope your experience moving forward will be positive as we work together to bridge the gap between research and practice in our field. In the coming months, this site will be populated with Journal of Youth Development past issues and articles. In contrast to the previous website, this site will allow readers to search context by key word, author, or title.  In addition the new publishing platform will offer numerous features for author, reviews, and readers such as new electronic submission and review process.  

Posted: 2016-05-09
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