We are elevating work that is happening across diverse youth settings, opportunities, and fields, engaging partners and co-strategists in joint work, and creating targeted resources that enable leaders to infuse the sciences of learning and development into their work.


Through our convenings, connections and projects we create and contribute to a range of products – from broader messaging and action-oriented tools and resources to significant, scholarly contributions to the field.

Below are a few that we have recently released or are working on now:

Thriving, Robust Equity, and Transformative Learning & Development

A needed formula for youth success

Unusual Suspects JoSH Article

The People Inside and Outside of School Who Matter in Whole School/Community/Child Efforts

It Takes an Ecosystem Book

2021 IAP edited volume on the learning and development ecosystem.

Applying the Science of Learning and Development in Community Programs – Brief

Translate the science of learning and development for community programs

Science of Learning and Development Practice Vignettes

Showcase strategies to implement the science of learning and development findings

Design Principles for Community-Based Settings: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action

A playbook to transform learning settings into impactful and equitable spaces

Equitable Ecosystems for Youth and Young Adults

Resources from the Equitable Ecosystems for Youth and Young Adults working group.

Youth Engagement in Practice Brief

AIR interviewed six youth development organizations in Chicago to learn about their youth


Below are a few of our featured projects.

Click on each tile below for more information on each project. 

Build Forward Together: an endeavor to find, test, and curate ideas, examples, and tools that best inspire local leaders to think, see, and act differently as they rebuild and re-imagine their community’s learning ecosystem.

Bright Spots: an open-source database capturing the partnerships that support thriving youth.

Align, Advise, Engage

We bring Readiness Projects ideas and resources into existing collaboratives, working groups, and initiatives. Our current regular commitments include:



Changing the odds for young people has never been more important