Michael Young

Youth & Family Program Leader
Phone: (603) 862-1805
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Mike is the Program Team Leader for Youth & Family programs. He has worked in the field of experiential education for over 20 years. Before taking the job as Youth and Family Program Team Leader and State 4-H program Leader in 2012, Mike was an Extension Educator for 4-H Youth development in Rockingham County. Prior to his work with UNH Cooperative Extension, Mike worked in the field of outdoor education with a focus on youth at risk. This work included: developing a web-based practice research network involving over 25 different residential treatment facilities across North America; facilitating and analyzing an Appreciative Inquiry at an alternative school in Massachusetts; convening the international 2007 Adventure Therapy Best Practices Conference; leading international youth development experiences; and managing North Star Adventure, a community-based therapeutic adventure program serving special-needs and at risk families in Massachusetts. Mike has PhD in Education from UNH, a Masters in Education from Harvard and a BA in History from Brown University.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of New Hampshire
  • M.Ed., Education, Harvard University
  • B.A., American History, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescents
  • Adult & Continuing Education
  • After-School Programs
  • Agriculture Education
  • Agriscience
  • Animal Production
  • Animal Science
  • Anxiety
  • At-Risk Children/Youth
  • Children/Youth
  • Civics/Civics Education
  • Computing Education
  • Curriculum theory and philosophy of education
  • Disadvantaged Youth
  • Early STEM Education
  • Education for People With Disabilities
  • Education, Organizational Theory & Behavior
  • Educational Administration and Policy
  • Educational equity
  • Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Policy & Management
  • Rural Education
  • Science Education
  • Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) Education
  • Social justice education
  • Volunteers
  • Volunteers (Education)
  • Youth
  • Youth - Services For
  • Youth Development/Leadership
  • Youth Employment Opportunity Programs

Selected Publications

  • Gass, M. A., & Young, M. (2007). Dealing with issues of program effectiveness, cost benefit analysis, and treatment fidelity: The development of the NATSAP Research and Development Network. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, 3(1).