Jill Young is a senior researcher who leads research, evaluation, and capacity-building initiatives focused on youth development and out-of-school time programming at the national, state, and local levels. Currently, she works closely with partners at the Forum for Youth Investment and the National Urban League to support the Readiness Projects, which bolster work that supports the readiness of youth, adults, systems, and community leaders by finding ways to test the utility of recent science findings and inform efforts to improve quality, to increase engagement, and to advance equity. She also leads quantitative activities on several projects, including the citywide study of the School’s Out New York City initiative and the Landscape of Quality Survey for the C.S. Mott Foundation’s Statewide Afterschool Networks. She currently serves as the research and evaluation studies section editor for the Journal of Youth Development.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Young supported Chicago’s largest afterschool system, After School Matters where she served as the senior director of research and evaluation, leading research and evaluation efforts for afterschool and summer programs. She also worked as a statistical analyst at University of Chicago and as a research manager at Northwestern University. She received a distinguished alumna award in 2017 for professional achievement, service to society, and service and support to the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the university, where she teaches statistics and research methodology.