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June 2023 Research Roundup

June 22, 2023 | Filed in: Research Roundup

In our second quarterly Research Roundup, we provide an overview of some recent research into the adolescent years, showcasing the interactions between adolescent brain development and our environments, social connections, and sense of identity. You can suggest research articles for future roundups by emailing or sign up to receive the quarterly research roundup in your…

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Video: Youth Engagement Matters

March 28, 2023 | Filed in: Video

In this online panel discussion, the creators of UCLA CDA’s recently released youth-engagement guides discussed how funders and youth-serving organizations can invest in and build youth-engagement programs that help young people and those who work with them succeed.

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March 2023 Research Roundup

March 17, 2023 | Filed in: Research Roundup

We are excited to introduce our first quarterly Research Roundup–an overview of some of the recent research that highlights the important learning and growth of our adolescent years, and how adults can support positive development.

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Youth Engagement in Research and Evaluation

January 16, 2023 | Filed in: Guide

High-quality youth engagement within an organization can be an all-around win. Involving young people in research and evaluation improves the quality and relevance of both the research and ultimately the programs, policies, and organizations that serve young people. It also helps youth develop skills that they’ll need to thrive as contributing adults. The challenge is to engage youth in research…

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Engaging, Safe, and Evidence-Based: What Science Tells Us Adolescents Need When Online

November 16, 2022 | Filed in: Council Report

Early adolescence—roughly ages 10 to 13—is a key time of exploration, discovery, rapid learning, and social and emotional change. It is also the point when many young people begin spending time in a larger online world. Digital technology is not all good or all bad, but during early adolescence, its effects can be amplified. We now know enough from research on brain and social development and…

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Adolescence: A Critical Window to Influence Youth Mental Health

October 3, 2022 | Filed in: Fact Sheet | Brief

Research into cognitive and social development tells us that adolescence is a critical period to influence the mental health of young people. We can help young people not just survive but thrive by exposing them to conditions and experiences that support their developmental needs during these years.

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Navigating Transitions: Resources from the YNSCA

September 14, 2022 | Filed in: Fact Sheet

Our adolescent years mark a time of transition, as our bodies and brains mature and we explore and learn from our experiences and the world around us. Along the journey from childhood to adulthood, there are other major transitions along the way—the transition from middle school to high school, from high school to college or career, and into adulthood. The Youth National Scientific Council on…

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Youth Need Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Care and Education

July 8, 2022

As an organization dedicated to improving the health, education, and wellbeing of adolescents through science, we support access to comprehensive reproductive information and healthcare—including abortion—for adolescents. Adolescence is a critical window for supporting positive development, and restrictions on access to reproductive health information and reproductive healthcare have a…

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2022 Adolescent Brain Development Symposium: Supporting Exploratory Learning During Adolescence

June 2, 2022 | Filed in: Video

Our first annual Symposium on Adolescent Brain Development in May 2022 brought together researchers, practitioners, and funders to discuss the following key question: How can we best support adolescents’ need to explore and learn about themselves and the world around them?

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5 Facts About the Importance of Caring Adults During Our Adolescent Years

March 30, 2022 | Filed in: Fact Sheet

As we mature during adolescence, exercising more responsibility and personal agency, we become less physically dependent on adult caregivers. Yet parents and other caring adults remain as important to our healthy development as when we were younger. Below are five fast facts about the important role parents and other caring adults continue to play throughout our adolescent years. Secure and…

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