Alexis Wood Trujillo

This summer, I worked with the Gardner Center as the Cardinal Quarter Fellow for the East Palo Alto Youth Arts and Music Center project. I entered my assignment armed with lots of readings, an overview of the Haas Center for Public Service’s Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, and little experience. As the summer progressed, I found that I built accountability and trust through the commitments I made and kept.


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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.

Edited by founding director Milbrey McLaughlin, this book is a guide for educators, civic leaders, and researchers looking to leverage data to identify effective policies, interventions, and resources for their communities.


DATE: Now through January 26, 2016 

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In low-income elementary schools across the country, Playworks provides opportunities for inclusive play during recess. Prior research has found that in addition to increasing physical activity, the program can also improve school climate, for instance by increasing safety and reducing incidence of bullying. A new study from the Gardner Center investigates the relationship between Playworks participation and student attendance.


A new study finds that a summer job can help boost academic performance in the classroom. "Summer youth employment has the potential to benefit high school students' educational outcomes and employment trajectories, especially for low-income youth," the Gardner Center’s Jake Leos-Urbel wrote with co-authors Amy Ellen Schwartz, Director of the NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy, and Matthew Wiswall, associate professor of economics at Arizona State.


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

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