International Sociological Association:
Research Committee on Sociology of Youth
RC34 was founded 1948 in close cooperation with UNESCO's Research Department. Its focus is not only on purely academic youth research, but also on social and political responsibility. 'This implies standing partnership with multilateral organisations aiming at conflict resolution, peace and the development of civic society.'? RC34's policy is to invite colleagues from other disciplines as well as practitioners in the youth field to become members and participate, and thus to serve as a global, interdisciplinary network and meeting place about youth issues in general.
Society for Research on Adolescence:
The SRA is an international, multi-disciplinary, non-profit professional association based in the USA. Its goal is to promote the understanding of adolescence through research and dissemination. Members conduct theoretical studies, basic and applied research and policy analyses to understand and enhance adolescent development.
UNICEF is the only UN organisation dedicated exclusively to children.
Youth at the United Nations (formerly, UN Youth Unit) is the focal point within the United Nations system on matters relating to youth.
International Youth Foundation (IYF)
International Youth Parliament (IYP)
- Childwatch International Research Network
- Also see the SOSIG database, section on the sociology of adolescence for more organisations.
- Young Commonwealth
Australia: Australian youth affairs organisations: Australian government and non-government peak bodies responsible for, or representing, youth interests operate at both the federal and State/Territory levels.
Also see Australian youth research organisations.
- New Zealand: The New Zealand Ministry of Youth Affairs provides policy advice to the New Zealand Government, and their web site provides essential youth-related information about youth work, programs, events and conferences, rights, policy issues and more.
- Singapore: National Youth Council
Europan Youth Observatory
EYO aims mainly to be a tool for local youth policies, an instrument which cannot by itself solve the problems but which can help to bring them to light and to provide resources to deal with them.? In this Web site you will find comparative data - both quantitative and qualitative - about the situation of young people in different cities in Europe, reports, information about practices, and documents related to youth and youth policy in the different cities and regions of the network. The Observatory is also a tool to establish co-operation. The EYO aims at establishing links between youth research, youth policy and youth projects. Part of this strategy consists in developing innovative European and local youth projects and then evaluating them through youth research.?See their useful page of links.
- Euopean Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA)
- European Youth Forum (EYF)
Osterreichische Institut fur Jugenforchung (OIJ) Institut Autrichien de la Recherche sur les Jeunes
Danish Youth Research Centre
Centre for Youth and Media Studies (University of Copenhagen)
Finnish Youth Research Society
Observatoire de la Jeunesse de Bordeaux
Internationales DJI-Symposium zur Jugendforschung
and Institut Allemand de Recherches sur la Jeunesse (DJI)
Center for Research on Childhood and Adolescence: (Zentrum f?r Kindheits- und Jugendforschung) This centre is an interdisciplinary scientific research unit and exists as an independent forum for research, discussion and publication.
Nordic Youth research information (NYRI)
Center for Ungdomsforskning
Observatorio Permanente da Juventude, Portuguese Permanent Youth Observatory (Social Science Institute of Lisbon University), Portugal
Observatori Catala de la Joventut, Catalan Youth Observatory (Catalan Goverment)
Youth, Education and Employment Research Unit, Department of Sociology, University of Glasgow (The Journal of Youth Studies is currently edited from within the unit. )
National Youth Agency: The NYA is based in the UK. It aims to advance youth work to promote young people's personal and social development, and their voice, influence and place in society. Funded primarily by the Local Government Association and government departments it works to: improve and extend youth service and youth work; enhance and demonstrate youth participation in society; and to promote effective youth policy and provision. Also see their YouthNet
Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA)
Also see the Network for Postgraduate Research in Adolescence and the Youth, Citizenship and Social Change web site of the ESRC funded program of research on young people (Links repaired January 2006.)
- Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)
- North America:
- United States of America
Board on Children, Youth, and Families: this organisation is part of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. The board synthesises, analyses, evaluates, and disseminates research related to child and family issues.
Center for Adolescent Studies: based at the University, Bloomington USA. See Adolesence Directory Online (ADOL)
Child Trends, a non-profit research center that focuses on children and families
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
Use the links page of this clearinghouse for more USA sites
National Clearinghouse for Children and Youth: NCFY is the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB's) central resource on youth and family policy and practice. The site contains a page of links to other sites for researchers.
American Youth Policy Forum
Center for Youth Development and Policy Research: located at the Academy for Educational Development, the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research aims to contribute to better futures for all youth, particularly disadvantaged youth in the USA.?
Center for the Study of Youth Policy
CSYP's main goal is to have a major impact on the issues and systems affecting children and youth, including the juvenile justice system, the child welfare system, and systems for children's health and mental health. As an applied research center, CSYP uses a multi-disciplinary approach to produce information about the problems facing children and youth systems, and to frame the debate and advocate for solutions to these problems through planning, research, public discussion and systems redesign.
- The Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERNet) provides information on educational outreach programs, online publications and research on children, youth and families from universities throught the USA.?
- Youth Studies Group at the Stanford School of Medicine's Stanford Centre for Research in Disease Prevention
- South America
Last modified: May 4, 2006