Youth Purpose Research Awards

In 2007, 2008 and 2009, the Stanford Center on Adolescence offered $10,000 research awards to young scholars pursuing studies related to youth purpose. These awards were funded in part by the Templeton Foundation and the Thrive Foundation for Youth. Research proposals submitted to the awards program ranged from the fields of education and psychology to sociology and public health. Ten awards were granted over the three years. Below are descriptions of the awardees and their projects. For biographical information and a brief research description, select the name of the awardee.


Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Project: Purposeful Work: Civic Development from the Perspective of Adolescent Language Brokers

Doctoral Candidate, Education Department
University of California, Santa Cruz

Project: Poetry as Purpose: Extending Beyond the Self through Youth Spoken Word

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Colorado State University

Project: The Development and Exploration of a Youth Purpose Program for Middle Schools

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Virginia Tech (aka Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Project: Facilitating the Development of Purpose: Evidence for the Effectiveness of a Group Counseling Intervention with Middle School Adolescents