Center Overview

Who will vote or run for political office in tomorrow's societies? Who will sit on the juries, speak up at public meetings, and contribute to the charities? Who will join the workforces and raise the families? There is just one answer to all of these questions: the youngsters who are now growing up around us.

The Stanford Center on Adolescence aims to promote the character and competence of all young people growing up in today's world. The Center's work provides guidance for parenting, for improved educational practice, and for youth development in a wide variety of community settings. More »

In the Spotlight

• Here's a recent article in GSE News about our current study, "Pathways to Encore Purpose," which aims to help older Americans lead more purposeful lives.

Read the New York Times opinion piece "Honesty Can Be Cultivated, Despite Cynicism" about The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice, by William Damon and Anne Colby, appearing 9/29/15.

The Youth Civic Development and Education Conference Consensus Report is now available. For more information about the conference, click here.

Character in Adolescence: A Conversation with Angela Duckworth and Bill Damon. A Conversation with Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania, and Bill Damon, Center Director, was presented Thursday, February 27, 2014

• You can view the video and full transcript for the webinar: Educating for Youth Purpose Around the World, held 10/29/14. Click HERE for the flyer. Hosts included several Center on Adolescence alumni and affiliates.

• Visiting scholar Prof. Ulisses Araujo, Universidade de São Paulo, is 2015 Chair for the Association for Moral Education (AME) Conference, November 5-7, in Santos, Brazil.

• Center alum, Tenelle Porter, Ph.D., will present her paper "Intellectual humility: Consequences for learning, and a potential source," co-authored with William Damon, at The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues' 4th Annual Conference, Cultivating Virtues: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Oriel College, Oxford, January 7–9, 2016

• Recent visiting scholar Michael McDevitt's commentary "'Political Parenting' Can Be a Counter to Incivility," appears in the October 6, 2015 issue of Education Week.