Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

We, the journal editors and members of the Publication Committee, have worked together to create a new vision and mission statement and a set of values and recommendations to more fully reflect the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and an anti-racist approach to researching, understanding, publishing and practicing quality youth development. These efforts are not intended to narrow the types of manuscripts we seek but rather to ensure that all perspectives are welcome, reviewed appropriately, and published in ways that advance the field, enhance bridging between research and practice, encourage diverse voices, and ensure equity for all youth, their families, and their communities.

Our vision is a world in which all youth and communities are authentically represented in youth development scholarship and practice, and in which youth development scholarship contributes to repairing historical and current inequities.

Our mission is to bridge research and practice by cultivating and publishing youth development scholarship with and for youth, practitioners, and researchers in pursuit of an equitable and just society in which all young people can thrive.

We value:

  • The dignity, humanity, and value of every young person
  • Strengths-based approaches that pft up assets of individuals and communities
  • Human rights and equitable opportunities for all through the promotion of antiracist and social justice approaches, including racial, gender, and economic justice
  • Diverse scientific and systematic approaches to knowing and making meaning
  • Wisdom and knowledge gained through practice and experience
  • Critical understanding of historical and current intersecting systems of oppression
  • Different types of scholarship, including the scholarship of Discovery Integration including synthesis across disciplinary perspectives, Application and engagement, and Teaching and learning processes
  • Working in partnership with and on behalf of practitioners and researchers and the diverse youth, and families they serve and study
  • Partnership approaches that equitably involve practitioners, researchers, youth, families, and cultural perspectives
  • Expanding the authentic understanding of youth and their contexts as part of youth development scholarship
  • Constructive and critical discourse across diverse perspectives in order to enhance and advance youth development approaches, programs, and theory
  • Open access for all authors and all users

Click here to learn how JYD is using the I.D.E.A.S. Framework to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the peer review process.