The Center for School-Based Youth Development (CSBYD) at UC Santa Barbara has released its 2012 annual report, highlighting the work with at-risk students in schools conducted by six UCSB faculty researchers, two visiting scholars, and eleven research partners. CSBYD is a community of researchers devoted to developing a better understanding of the role of school engagement as a protective force in children’s lives and that promotes academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being. According to the report, in 2011-12 CSBYD faculty published 33 manuscripts and 8 technical reports, and gave 16 conference presentations. The Journal of School Violence continued to be edited by the CSBYD and researchers provided reviews for 22 research journals. CSBYD’s activities were graciously funded by 13 contracts and grants.
The research projects explored a wide-range of issues. For instance one contract evaluates the effectiveness of Americorps tutors in Santa Barbara County, while another evaluates a county program that provides a coordinated, multi-agency approach to juvenile offender reentry for high-risk male youth with substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders.
The annual report is available on-line.
The Center for School-Based Youth Development is a community of researchers – Dr. Michael Furlong (Director), Dr. Erin Dowdy, Dr. Erika Felix, Dr. Gale Morrison (Acting Dean of the Gevirtz School), Dr. Matt Quirk, and Dr. Jill Sharkey. The Center was formed in 2002 through the Gevirtz Funds for Excellence through the generosity of the Ambassador Don Gevirtz and his wife Marilyn Gevirtz. The core of the CSBYD is in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UCSB’s Gevirtz School.