Mary Hofstedt

Like John W. Gardner, we believe that when the assets of our young people are under-valued and under-tapped, it comes at a tremendous cost to society. Working with youth as full partners in change efforts recognizes youth as the leaders of today, prepares them as leaders of tomorrow, and enriches our communities along the way.


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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.

This series builds on lessons learned over the three-year CRIS initiative and offers guidance to schools and districts that aim to develop and enact effective college readiness indicator systems.


Family engagement in the early years of a child’s learning and development has emerged as a critical strategy used especially for supporting positive outcomes for students from low-income and immigrant communities. Findings from a new Gardner Center study reinforce the necessity of ensuring family engagement is linked to learning, dual-capacity-building, and culturally responsive to families’ needs and experiences.


Recent work by Gardner Center Associate Director Jacob Leos-Urbel provides new evidence regarding the impact of large-scale summer youth employment programs on high school students’ school attendance and academic achievement. His paper estimates the impact of New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) on school attendance and other educational outcomes in the following school year for a large sample of low-income high school students. SYEP provides summer jobs and training to youth aged 14 to 21.


Researchers Monika Sanchez & Laurel Sipes on our collaboration with the Mission Promise Neighborhood Initiative.

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