The Minnesota Youth Development Research Group was initiated by Dr. Michael C. Rodriguez at the University of Minnesota in 2007. The purpose of the group is to explore methodological and substantive challenges in youth development, relying on the tenets of positive psychology, ecological perspectives of youth development, and the translation of research to practice.

  • Anthony Albano, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Okan Bulut, University of Alberta
  • Julio Cabrera, U of MN
  • Yufeng Chang, MN Department of Education
  • Ozge Ersan, U of MN
  • Yoo Jeong Jang, U of MN
  • Youngsoon Kang, U of MN
  • Stacy Karl, U of MN
  • Rik Lamm, U of MN
  • Kyle NickodemU of MN
  • Jose Palma, U of MN
  • Michael RodriguezU of MN
  • Mireya Smith, U of MN
  • Luke Stanke, U of MN
  • Martin van Boekel, Search Institute
  • Kory VueU of MN
  • Ari Warshawsky, Carleton College
Previous members included:
  • Raul Guzman Ayala, Carleton College
  • Taeho Jung, U of MN
  • Yukiko Maeda, Purdue University
  • Isaac Martinez, Carleton College

"Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished."         -- Kofi Annan

"This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."  -- Robert F. Kennedy

"If we are to reach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with children." 
-- Mahatma Gandhi