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 develop 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.