Young Lives Research Lab


Who We Are

Dr. Kate Tilleczek is the Tier1 Canada Research Chair in Young Lives, Education, and Global Good and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. She is the founder and Director of the Young Lives Research Laboratory (CANADA) where she and her team employ global, interdisciplinary research approaches into how young people navigate wellbeing in the digital age.  continue reading >> 

What We Do

The Young Lives Research Laboratory houses Dr. Kate Tilleczek’s Canada Research Chair team and program of research.  At Young Lives, we examine intersections of education and wellbeing during a time in which modern societies marginalize too many of our young people. We work across four integrated clusters of research and development with, for, and by young people,   continue reading >> 

Rooted and Rising Program

Empowering Youth Climate Leaders | September 26 - December 6, 2020  

The Rooted and Rising program has been postponed due to COVID-19, until September 2020. We are grateful that almost all original participants will be able to attend the new fall program. Until then, we’re excited to connect as an online community. We are grateful to our funders and partnering organizations for their understanding and continued commitment to empowering these young leaders!

The Rooted and Rising Steering Committee plans to take this time to reflect, refine and evolve our program. COVID-19 re-affirms that we are connected around the world, that human-cultures and nature influence each other; and, that our choices and behaviours individually and collectively affect the health and well being of others. This re-affirms the importance of educational spaces that empower young leaders to co-create healthy, resilient systems, and to mitigate, and adapt to the interconnected crises of climate collapse, this global pandemic, and extreme inequality. -Roxanne Cohen & the full  R & R Team

                                                 ROOTED & RISING PROGRAM                                              OUR TEAM & PARTNERS

What's Happening

Funded Research Clusters


We seek to better understand and re-design education that is with, for, and by young people as based in culture, context, and kindness.

Anthropocene &

Digital Age

We examine the folds and influences of the digital age on young people over time, place, and culture to better understand the deep paradox they encounter..


We investigate various holistic models of wellbeing  to understand how youth navigate their wellbeing and thus better support pressing health, social, and environmental concerns.


Theory & Method

We explore and develop innovations in theory and method including youth-attuned inquiry for decolonized and participatory engagement and outreach.

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