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 18, Issue 1 (2023)


Feature Article


Youth Science Learning as/for Community Participation: Examples from Youth Participatory Action Research
Steven M. Worker, Sally Neas, Dorina Espinoza, Car Mun Kok, and Martin Smith

Research and Evaluation Studies


Examining Youth Bicycle Programming Through the Empowerment- Based Youth Development Model
Thomas Clanton, Charles Chancellor, Harrison Pinckney, and Venera Balidemaj


The Lasting Benefits of Multiyear Camp Programming for Youth from Low-Income Backgrounds
Victoria Povilaitis, Robert Warner, and Katie McGregor Wheatley

Editor's Note