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Welcome to

The Global Extended Learning and Youth Development Association

Scholarship, Evidence Based Practice and Policy of Development, Learning and Well-Being

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Extended learning and development is an essential educational, public health and public safety concern, a fact that should bring it to the fore of policy, practice and research in every locality, country, and global community.

The Global Extended Learning and Youth Development Association (GELYDA-pronounced GELIDA) is a new international membership organization dedicated to understanding, supporting, and improving expanded opportunities for learning, development, and thriving in schools, afterschool and summer programs, and communities.


The GELYDA inaugural virtual symposium: The Extended Learning and Youth development in Times of Crisis on May 15th and 16th with Keynote Speaker: Andreas Schleicher, OECD was a great success with over 170 registrants from around the world. 

We are thrilled to share the recording of Andreas Schleicher's engaging keynote address from May 15th, 2024, PISA - Measuring Social and Emotional Outcomes, and his accompanying PowerPoint presentation. For all attendees who joined us for GELYDA's inaugural symposium please be on the lookout for follow-up communications regarding the event. Please visit our membership page if you have not already joined the Association to be a founding member.

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Interested in learning and shaping the evolving worldwide advancement of young peoples' development, learning and resilience?

On every continent there are innovative approaches to policy, research and practice to make the most of non-school hours. In 2023 we founded GELYDA to create the link between scholarship, new practices and programming as well as creating national and international systems. After a very successful virtual inaugural symposium in May 2024 we are now going to host a hybrid conference in Reykjavik Iceland in June 2025, gathering in person and for those who are not able to join, offering online components to promote participation for all.


Join the movement and please save the date for the Science and Practice of Extended Learning, Youth Development and Wellbeing conference June 11 to 13, 2025!


To learn more about GELYDA, monitor conference updates and to become a founding member please visit us at

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