Futch_Valerie_150x143_2_1858I am a research assistant professor in the Curry School of Education and Youth-Nex, the University of Virginia’s Center to Promote Effective Youth Development. My research focuses on settings for adolescent development, including after-school programs, classrooms, and interpersonal relationships. I want to know how we can design settings that are responsive to the identity development and opportunity inherent in adolescents. I am currently working on several research projects that explore adolescents in the context of out-of-school programs, informal mentoring relationships and youth-adult relationships, early adolescent development in multi-lingual classrooms, and a 5-year longitudinal follow-up of a young women’s mentoring program.