Why focus on youth?

The adolescent years build on the foundations established in childhood and set the course across the lifespan. In focusing on "youth," we are referring not only to a specific developmental period, but also to the childhood experiences that influence youth, as well as the early adult years that are determined by successful adolescent passages.

Investments in adolescents, or conversely the failure to address their needs at this stage of development, can result in lifelong consequences for youth and for our society.


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Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, Professor of Developmental Psychology at UVic, has earned an international reputation for her research on youth resilience. Through her work with adolescent mothers, youth with depression and problem behaviours, and marginalized and vulnerable youth, Dr. Leadbeater has learned that it’s never too late to help struggling youth become successful.

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