Resource Library

An important part of the Youth Development Network is serving as a resource that links the ever-growing body of knowledge in our field and the leaders and organizations who can put that knowledge into practice. The links below include access to resources that have proven to be helpful to youth workers and organizational leaders who work with young people every day or who are looking to develop their team. Also included are links specific to research around Youth Development & Engagement, Strengths Development, and Cultural Relevancy, in addition to links to other websites that have been found useful to creating life changing experiences.

Youth Development & Engagement

Strengths Development

Cultural Relevancy


California After School Network
The California After School Network provides out-of-school time practitioners, advocates and community members with the resources and tools necessary to build high quality out-of-school time programs in California. 

YSA Youth Changing the World
Browse a selection of resources, funding opportunities, and how-tos to help plan your world changing project. Once you have the tools needed, check out some of their favorite projects for inspiration, best practices, and tips. 

Spark Action
There's no shortage of important information and stories, and it can be hard to stay on top of what matters and get the full picture. SparkAction's site and e-newsletters are your one-stop shop for news and tools to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. They gather, synthesize and promote the best information on a range of child and youth issues across the development spectrum, from organizations and leaders across the country.

The Search Institute
Many of the most important things in young people’s lives are difficult to measure. Search Institute has a five-decade legacy of examining and making concrete key—but sometimes hidden—dimensions of development, including: personal strengths, skills, attitudes and values ; community, school and family supports and developmental relationships; non-cognitive skills and socio-economic traits; and personal sparks, passions and purpose. 

Child Trends
Child trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policy makers. 

Kids Data
A program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, this database will help you find data about the health and wellbeing of children in communities across California. Search for data by topic, region, or demographic.

High Quality Service Learning (pdf) 
The Seven Elements of High-Quality Service-Learning sample graph from "Service-Learning in Afterschool Programs" copyright © 1998 Service Learning 2000 Center. Adapted 2006 for Afterschool Programs.

Gallup Strengths Center –Strengths Coach’s Playbook
A forum for Gallup experts and outside contributors to share tactics, insights and strategies to help maximize the talents of individuals, teams and organizations everywhere. This site features a weekly updates coaching blog, webcasts, and the most current information on Meetup events.

Gallup StrengthsQuest Resources
Gallup has created a resource center to support your efforts in building a strengths-based school or campus. The resources give you an overview of strengths-based development and StrengthsQuest. They also provide help in getting started with StrengthsQuest, suggested curriculum and activities, articles on how others are using StrengthsQuest, and research to support your efforts in creating a strengths-based culture.

Gallup Press
Bestselling books from the premier name in analytics and advice. The mission of Gallup Press is to educate and inform the people who govern, manage, teach, and lead the world's 7 billion citizens. Each book meets Gallup's requirements of integrity, trust, and independence and is based on Gallup-approved science and research. The impressive Gallup Press catalog consists of more than 30 books on topics such as leadership, strengths, education, jobs, and well-being.

The Green Insiders’ Club
This report examines why decades of promises to diversify are falling short in the mainstream environmental movement. It is the most comprehensive report on diversity in the environmental movement. Key report findings include “The Green Ceiling,” unconscious bias, discrimination & insular recruiting, and lackluster effort and disinterest in addressing diversity. Although focused on the mainstream environmental movement, this report is relevant to all providers serving young people in an outdoor capacity. 

Outdoor Foundation
An extensive database of resources on outdoor inclusivity including news articles, reports, journal articles, and other resources. 

Youth Outside
An updated list of current strategic initiatives from the foundation for Youth Investment with a focus on connecting underserved youth to the great outdoors. FYI supports programs across diverse communities, and believes that access to nature can result in significant positive social and health outcomes for youth. They’re also excited by this work because the know that kids who have exposure to quality outdoor programming will become adults who care for the environment.

Penn State – Diversity Awareness
Information and publications to help our understanding of diversity awareness and foster open and positive communication channels. This database includes and overview of diversity awareness, resources, activities for youth and adults, discussion starters and presentations.