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About us

The Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies (YFCS) helps generate, share and apply the research foundation for youth, family, and community development. Work at YFCS starts from the premise that strong communities support strong families and vice versa, and that both are necessary for the healthy development of children and youth.

To accomplish these goals, our department offers graduate programs, conducts empirical research, performs policy analyses, develops and evaluates programs, and provides technical assistance and community education.

We work at all levels, from neighborhood to global. A comparative perspective offers insights into understanding grassroots phenomena in neighborhoods and assists in developing effective responses in public policy and community development practice.

Our department offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate curriculum, drawing from the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, community development, and policy studies.