21st Century Youth

Today's youth face significantly different challenges to those of previous generations. The 'digital age', and the range and volume of information that young people have at their finger tips changes the way they experience and engage with their environment, organisations, education and peers. Below are some links to research material and news articles focusing on youth development in a 21st century world.


 Girlguiding: Girls' attitudes survey 2015

An overview of the Girlguiding Girls' attitudes survey 2015 results, which reveals their findings regarding mental well-being and resilience of girls in the UK. Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.


The 21st Century Youth Project

This is an American initiative which runs in Chicago. The project caters for low-income middle and high school students, teaching advanced technology to prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


Academic Bibliography [most available on Google books]

Dunkels, E., Franburg, G. M., Hallgren, C. (2011) (eds). Interactive media and youth: learning, knowledge exchange and behaviour. Hershey: IGI Global

Provides knowledge of the contemporary media landscape and pedagogical research on formal and non-formal learning strategies.

Sandford, K., Rogers, T., Kendrick, M. (2014) (eds). Everyday Youth Literacies: Critical Perspectives for New Times. London: Springer

Kelly, P., Kamp, A. (2014) (eds). A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century. Leiden: Brill

An edited collection of the challenges and opportunities faced by young people in the 21st century and forming an identity under these circumstances and in these spaces.

Delli Carpini, M. (2000). Gen.com: Youth, Civic Engagement, and the New Information Environment. Political Communication, 17(4): 341-349

This article presents an of explanation of the current disengagement of young American's from public life with speculations on ways in which new technologies might be used to improve this state of affairs.