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Kendra P. Alexander

Assistant Professor, MSW, MPA, PhD
4157 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
608-262-4227

Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.

Tupac Shakur

In my research, I examine structures, processes and outcomes of youth programs that engage young people from low-income neighborhoods. In particular, I study programs that have an emphasis on promoting higher education and labor market access. I am currently developing a related strand of research that examines the contemporary role and impact of historically Black civic, educational, and faith-based institutions in the area of youth development.

I have practice experience in the non-profit sector as a direct service youth worker and administrator. Additionally, I analyzed youth employment policy at the federal level with the United States Department of Labor.

CSCS 428: Program Planning in the Family and Consumer Sciences

Youth Development

Career Readiness

Post-secondary Readiness among Low-Income Youth

Youth Program Design

Alexander, K., & Hirsch, B. (2015). A comparison of the strongest and the weakest apprenticeships. In B. Hirsch, Job skills and minority youth: New program directions (pp. 52-77). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Alexander, K. P. & Hirsch, B. J. (2012). Marketable Job Skills for High School Students: What we learned from an evaluation of After School Matters. In K. Hynes & B. Hirsch (Eds.), Career programming: Linking youth to the world of work [Special issue]. New Directions in Youth Development, 2012, 53-63.