Derek's community engagement work was read across the floor of the US Senate and codified into law in the No Child Left Behind Legislation. The Harvard Education Review has featured his work, and he was recognized as the "Prevention Professional of the Year" and "Educator of the Year" in Alaska.
Today, Derek is the Principle Director of the Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience (ICAR-US). ICAR-US does IYD work for numerous communities throughout the US, Canada, and the world. Most recently, Derek's work was the keystone to supporting Muncie, Indiana's All American City Award, and helped Purdue University to retain Underrepresented Minority students through a 5-year National Science Foundation Grant Funded Project.
Today he continues his work supporting the UN Declarations on the Rights of the Child through the International Institute for Children's Rights and Development in Victoria, Canada, and his school-based efforts through Brightways Learning in Montana.
He guides efforts to merge young development research with local communities' attitudes, cultures, and values.
You can read more about Derek Peterson's life here.