• 2022 Annual List of Reviewers


    Peer reviewers are critical to the publishing process. They act as a filter to ensure research is properly vetted and appropriate for our readers, and they provide constructive feedback to improves the quality of scholarship found in the Journal of Youth Development. We are deeply grateful to the following reviewers for lending their time and expertise to complete reviews in 2022:

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  • New Editor-in-Chief and call for Associate Editors

    We are pleased to announce Dr. Barry Garst has been appointed to serve as the next Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Youth Development starting in 2023. Please see the full announcement for more on Barry and his vision for JYD. On behalf of the JYD Publications Committee, we congratulate Barry on his appointment and welcome him to his new role. In addition, please see the call for Associate Editors to work with Barry. Read more about New Editor-in-Chief and call for Associate Editors
  • Call for New JYD Editor-in-Chief

    JYD is seeking our next editor for 2023-2027 and we encourage your nominations. The new Editor-in-Chief should bring an understanding of the broad perspectives that shape and inform youth development and the groups, topics, and populations involved in promoting health and positive development among all young people. Recommendations and questions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dale Blyth at For more information, see this call for nominations. Read more about Call for New JYD Editor-in-Chief
  • New Forum Section


    Our new Forum section is designed to stimulate discussion and debate about important topics and emerging issues in the field of youth development. Forums consist of an original article, and 2-3 commentaries on the article. See our section policies for more information.

    Our inaugural Forum features an article on the 4-H Thriving Model (Mary Arnold & Ryan Gagnon), with commentaries from theoretical (Richard Lerner), implementation (Deborah Moroney) and equity (Nia Imani Fields) lenses.

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  • Envision Yourself as an Author


    For many youth development professionals the publication process can seem overwhelming. This 1-hour presentation sets you up for success by reviewing publishing benefits, obstacles and myths, and how to overcome common mistakes. You’ll come away with five tips for getting started, understand the standard article components and what reviewers are looking for, and walk through the steps in the publishing process so you know what to expect. The presenters -- Kate Walker and Theresa Ferrari -- have extensive experience as journal authors, reviewers, and JYD editors.

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  • Call for Papers for Special Issue on International Positive Youth Development

    We are excited to announce a call for papers for a summer 2021 special issue on International Positive Youth Development

    The goal is to bring together diverse perspectives on current research, practice, and policy regarding challenges and opportunities facing international positive youth development. Diversity and inclusion are critical to this special issue. Representation by continent, country, gender, race, ethnicity, emerging to experienced authors, sectors, and type of articles will encompass the spectrum of work.

    Lisa Lauxman, Thomas Archibald, Elizabeth Dowling, and Cassandra Jessee serve as guest co-editors for this special issue.

    Please help us promote this call widely.  Read more about Call for Papers for Special Issue on International Positive Youth Development
  • 2019 in Review


    2019 has been a productive year for JYD!

    We expanded our editorial team, now have 1110 registered users, published 68 articles in 4 issues, and were accepted into Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Our authors submitted 131 manuscripts that were peer-reviewed in less than 3 months, and published (77% acceptance rate) in less than 5 months.  Special thanks to our co-sponsoring associations, NAA and NAE4-HA, our Publications Committee, editorial team, peer reviewers, authors and readers. Together we look forward to 2020! Read more about 2019 in Review
  • New Section Editors and Descriptions


    The Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice continues to grow and improve! We are delighted to welcome additional section editors: Andrea Vest Ettekal of Texas A&M University, and Jill Young of the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

    The editorial team has refined our three peer-reviewed sections. We seek Feature Articles that address important topics, issues and trends, Research & Evaluation Studies that share new findings from approaches to applied research and evaluation, and Program & Practice Articles that present and discuss programs, practices, trainings and policies designed to inform and improve practice. Read our new section polices and find sample articles here.

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  • Call for Papers for Special Issues on the Workforce (Spring 2020) and Volunteerism (Summer 2020)


    We are excited to announce a call for papers for two companion 2020 special issues that will focus on current research, practice, and policy that captures the challenges and opportunities of the paid workforce in the youth development field (Spring 2020) as well as volunteerism in youth development programs (Summer 2020).

    Lynne Borden (University of Minnesota), Michael Conn (Independent Consultant), Casey Mull, (University of Georgia) and Michele Wilkens (Right at School) will serve as guest co-editors for the special issue on the Workforce. JoLynn Miller (University of California ANR) Kali Trzesniewski, University of California - Davis) will serve as guest co-editors for the special issue on Volunteerism.

    Please help us promote both of these calls widely. 

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  • Publishing Mentorship


    We want the publishing process to be a positive one. We are committed to providing our authors constructive reviewer feedback and helpful editorial assistance. To take this one step further, we are piloting a new publishing mentorship effort where we connect authors who are revising their JYD submission with a member of our Publications Committee to support the revision process.

    In some instances, this opportunity will be offered to authors by the editorial team. However, if you’d like to request this type of support for your revision, please reach out directly to our editor-in-chief, Kate Walker (

    Thank you for making JYD your home for finding and sharing scholarship that bridges youth development research and practice.

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  • Call for Papers and Youth Submissions for Special Issue: Immigrant, Refugee and Border Youth

    We are excited to announce a call for standard papers as well as a companion call for youth submissions for a 2019 special issue on Immigrant, Refugee and Border Youth. The goal is to advance the field of youth development in the areas of research, policy and programming by exploring the multiplicity of these young people's experiences in varying developmental contexts and the implications for practice.

    Corliss Outley (Texas A&M University), Jennifer Skuza (University of Minnesota Extension), Aishia Brown (University of Louisville), Gayle Gabriel (Public Policy Research Institute) and Jill Martz (Texas A&M University) serve as guest co-editors for this special issue.

    Please help us promote both of these calls widely.  Read more about Call for Papers and Youth Submissions for Special Issue: Immigrant, Refugee and Border Youth
  • 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 ( 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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 

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  • 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

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  • 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.  

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