Erin Raab

From the Mural Music and Arts Program in its early days to today’s work with Art in Action and East Palo Alto’s Youth Arts and Music Center project, the Gardner Center has welcomed the opportunity to partner with young people as creative leaders in their communities. We recognize that high-quality arts programming teaches young people a range of important habits of mind and mindsets.


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The John W. Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth.

A new book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute includes a chapter on the Youth Sector by the Gardner Center's Milbrey McLaughlin and UCSC's Rebecca London.


DATE: June 2 through August 28 

LOCATION: East Palo Alto Library



Many California school districts have dramatically reduced funding for health and wellness staff and programming for students, but this may be shortsighted. Our research provides evidence indicating that when district-level wellness coordinators become involved in school health, there can be increased integration of wellness programs within and across schools, reaching more students equitably and leveraging existing resources.


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has tapped the Gardner Center’s founding director, Milbrey McLaughlin, for membership in the honorary learned society. Milbrey, an expert in education policy, school-community collaborations, and youth outcomes, joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders in academia, arts, public affairs, science, and humanities. This honor comes just a week after Milbrey received a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Educational Research Association.


Faculty Director Prudence Carter gives a talk about empathy and equity at TEDxStanford 2014.

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