The Young Lives Research Lab (YLRL) is the research community of Dr. Kate Tilleczek, Professor, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth in Global and Local Contexts. The Young Lives lab is located at the University of Prince Edward Island.CRC, Young Lives and CIHR slides - pillars

The YLRL operates with a core group of dedicated researchers, strengthened by investigators from other UPEI departments, as well as national and international colleaguesPost-doctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students round out the team.  We promote a collaborative research environment with many people working across projects.

Young Lives has a number of active projects from a variety of funding sources, including the DFATD funded Wekimün: A school for and with Indigenous Youth & Communities in Chile, the SSHRC funded Digital Media and Young Lives Over Time: International and cultural comparisons study and the CIHR funded Atlantic Canada Children’s Effective Service Strategies (ACCESS-MH) project.

In 2013 Kate accepted the CEA Whitworth Award for her work in marginalized youth education policy and practice.

Below is a link of Kate talking with CBC’s Matt Rainnie on Island Morning after receiving the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth in Global and Local Contexts.


Recently, the Young Lives Research Lab, in partnership with Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, completed a year-long project that gave aboriginal youth an opportunity to speak about digital media and mental health. Follow this link to view some of the incredible videography that was produced from the project.

To learn more about the Young Lives Research Lab, it’s Projects, and Scholarship, or our Qualitative Research Lab (QRL) please explore tabs above. To stay up to date with the YLRL, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.