Welcome to the Journal of Youth Development, 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.

JYD is the official journal of two of the largest professional associations for those working with and on behalf of young people, the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) and the National Afterschool Association (NAA).

As a reader, reviewer or author, please consider JYD your home for finding and sharing scholarship that bridges research and practice. For all the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@JournalYouthDev).

Current Issue: Volume 19, Issue 1 (2024)

Front Matter

Feature Article


Storytelling through a Critical Positive Youth Development Framework: A Mixed Methods Approach
Maru Gonzalez, Michael Kokozos, Katherine McKee, and Christy Byrd

Research and Evaluation Studies


“We are Protected”: Examining youth perceptions of safety within a faith-based positive youth development program in El Salvador
Samuel Hay, Jonathan M. Tirrell, Jacqueline Lerner, Elizabeth Dowling, Alistair T. R. Sim, Pamela E. King, Jennifer M. Vaughn, Guillermo Iraheta, and Richard Lerner


Targeting Social-Emotional Learning and Activity Attitudes during After-School Programming Post COVID-19 Restrictions
Kelly L. Simonton, Victoria N. Shiver, Aimee Gray, Katie Juarez, and Angela Simonton


4-H Volunteers Leaders’ Turnover Intention
Suzanna R. Windon, Mariah K. Awan, and Rama Radhakrishna