Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

2017 Award Citation

Research Methodology Program
Distinguished Alumna Award

Jill Young, PhD 2016

Dr. Jill Young currently serves as the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation for After School Matters (ASM).  This non-profit organization provides after school programing to approximately 17,000 Chicago Public High School students across the city, 83% of whom live in high poverty communities.  In her position, Dr. Young has advocated for the importance of research and evaluation within the organization, growing this area of the organization to include three additional staff members.  She routinely mentors new professionals to the field.  Dr. Young oversees the development, administration, analysis, and reporting of data collection activities at ASM.  In this capacity, she aims to demonstrate the impact of ASM on Chicago youth, advocating for the need of such programming.  She also aims to support organizational staff to improve their programs to ensure quality experiences for urban youth.

She also actively networks with other organizations across Chicagoland that serve youth in under resourced communities.  She seeks out meaningful collaborations and ethical data sharing opportunities to learn efficiently and effectively about the impact that ASM on urban youth.  Simultaneously, she recognizes the value of youth voices in the process of research and evaluation in ASM.  She has worked to ensure data collection activities are responsive to their experiences, and that youth advisers have input into the research and evaluation activities for ASM.

She routinely presents her work nationally and locally. She presents her work at the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, and the National Afterschool Association convention.  On multiple occasions, she has provided workshops to other non-profit organizations in the Chicago area.  These presentations and workshops provide opportunities for other organizations working with urban youth to learn from her example.  Through her endeavors, Dr. Young embodies the Jesuit ideal of using her knowledge in research methods in service for others.