About Us

Youth in Focus is a collaborative of youth and family development experts. As individual organizations, we have spent decades training youth workers, social workers, teachers, counselors, health workers, law enforcement professionals  and parents in how to build effective and respectful relationships with young people — even young people who have problems that make real connection seem impossible. 

We formed a collaborative in 2015, for one simple reason. A new wave of brain science has created revelatory understandings of precisely what young people need developmentally to succeed. We always knew youth develop their own behaviors largely in response to the behaviors of the adults around them – not just parents, but teachers, police officers, and neighbors, too. Now we understand why, and exactly which adult behaviors help and slow down optimal development. Our trainings aren't about guesswork, pie-in-the-sky thinking, or ideology. They're about science and what we know to be true. They teach easy-to-implement, easy-to-transfer skills based in human biology and behavior.  

young people develop their own
behaviors largely in response to the
behaviors of adults around them. now
we understand why, and exactly which
adult behaviors help and slow down  
optimal development.

Unfortunately, though, professionals who work directly with young people every day are sometimes the last to benefit from new knowledge or learn the new skills necessary to put that knowledge to practical  use. This 'research-to-practice' gap is a well-known problem in many fields, but the well-being of young people is vitally importantly — to our communities, our country, and our collective future — and they can't wait. 

That's why we exist. While diverse in our interests and specialties, every member of our collaborative is deeply immersed in the same core brain-based approaches. Our members are also located throughout the country, so we can reach large numbers of professionals working with youth and families.

We are friendly, accessible, and eager to help you achieve your goals. Call us today and we'll help you make the transformational change you're seeking in your organization or community.

 

 
Photo by Chloe Hotaling

Photo by Chloe Hotaling