John Bell has 33 years of experience in the youth field as a teacher, counselor, community organizer, program developer, leadership trainer, director, and parent of three. He was a founding staff member of three youth organizations: Youth Action Program (in 1978) in East Harlem, the originator of YouthBuild; Children of War (in 1984), an international youth leadership organization; and of YouthBuild USA (in 1988).
John is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in the areas of youth leadership development, peer counseling and healing, and diversity. He has done training and consulting work for the Peace Corps in Africa and South America. He has published numerous articles and books on youth leadership, most recently YouthBuild’s North Star.
John is also the author of numerous published articles and handbooks on youth leadership. He is a passionate advocate for including young people as partners in community development.
John obtained his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Stanford University.