As a youth development leader (YDL), Keane approaches education with consideration given to all aspects of human development. Her personal goal is to provide youth with a platform  that supports them when confronting challenges, adapting to changing environments, and fosters strong morally responsible individuals.Youth development is promoted through educational activities and experiences that help youth develope social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies.

   Youth leadership is part of the youth development process and supports youth  in developing: (a)The ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out, (b) the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model  (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998). 

                                 This site holds a collection of Keane's research in the field of YDL. The majority of work is focused on the adolescent population, their family, adolescent program development, assessment  and promotion of  positive outcomes for the good of the child, family and community.         

Mary V. Keane
                            Certified YDL