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About the Cornell Youth in Society Program


The Cornell Youth in Society Program promotes positive youth development through Research and Outreach. Current themes include:

  • Transition to Adulthood: Global Perspective

  • Effective Schools for Low-income Youth

  • Natural Mentoring

The Cornell Youth in Society Program is the successor to the Cornell Youth and Work Program, which began in 1990 in the Department of Human Development and moved to the Family Life Development Center in 2000. Initially concerned primarily with work as an opportunity for learning and development, the program developed and implemented the Youth Apprenticeship Demonstration Project in Broome County, NY, which influenced the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994. Subsequent work addressed the creation of school-to-work systems and the teaching and mentoring of youth in workplaces. Products from these activities may be found in our web archive.