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To learn more about CPYU and how we are helping parents, youth workers, and others make a positive difference in the lives of today's teenagers click here to download a printable brochure.


The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. To learn more about partnering with CPYU, visit our online donation page.

At a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.


Founded in 1990 by Walt Mueller, CPYU has developed an international reputation as a voice providing cutting-edge information, resources and analysis on today's youth culture.


The mission of CPYU is to work with churches, schools, and community organizations to build stronger relationships between young people and those charged with helping them grow into healthy adulthood.


This mission is accomplished by:

  • Helping parents understand and respond to the complex world of their children and teens from a distinctively Christian point of view.
  • Equipping teenagers to deal with the challenges of adolescence.
  • Equipping parents and teens to respond to these challenges through a distinctively Christian world and life view.
  • Raising the youth culture awareness of youth workers and educators, thereby helping them increase their effectiveness with parents, children and teens. 

The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding fulfills this mission through a variety of resources:

  • ENGAGE: The E-Journal of Youth Culture from CPYU is an online journal offering in-depth analysis on different aspects of contemporary youth culture and family dynamics.  CPYU also offers a variety of other books, CDs and resources for use by parents, youthworkers, and educators.
  • Our free e-mail resource Youth Culture e-Update contains current articles, studies, stats and trends on youth culture, along with pop culture quotes, and a relevant magazine print-ad discussion starter.
  • The CPYU Parent Page is a monthly 2-page publication available for download that helps keep parents up to date on the latest youth culture news and information. Churches can subscribe and distribute this to the parents in their congregation.
  • CPYU also offers Seminars for a variety of audiences on several topics related to youth culture and working with young people.
  • CPYU's College Transition Initiative works with college bound high school juniors and seniors, as well as their parents, in order to prepare them for the "world of the university" from a biblical perspective.
  • Youth Culture Today is a 60-second daily radio feature that will help equip adults to better understand and respond to the complex and rapidly changing world of their children and teens, all from a distinctively Christian perspective. Over 870 stations currently air the program.
  • Our website is updated regularly to provide parents, youth workers, and educators with the latest information they need on current trends and a variety of topics related to youth culture.
  • CPYU's archive of Articles provides in-depth information on numerous topics relating to youth culture.
  • Our 3(D) Reviews of various media are a helpful tool for parents, educators, youthworkers, and teens to help them becoming discerning media consumers.
  • The Reading List area and the Links pages on this site provide resources to help those working with young people research areas related to youth culture and youth ministry. The items found here are resources CPYU has identified as useful tools for furthering understanding of today's youth culture.

Media Interviews and Media relations

Dozens of radio, television, and newspaper media outlets have relied on CPYU as a source of information and analysis on issues related to contemporary youth culture. CPYU actively pursues media opportunities as an avenue for reaching the culture at large. To schedule a media interview, please e-mail us.

In addition, CPYU regularly contributes to a wide variety of periodicals and journals targeting parents, educators, and youth workers.  CPYU President Walt Mueller writes a regular column for Today's Father (a publication of the National Center for Fathering) and has written numerous articles for Parents of Teenagers, New Man, GROUP Magazine, Living with Teenagers, Youthworker Journal, and Junior High Ministry.



As a registered 501(c)(3) organization, CPYU is governed by an independent Board of Directors and is funded by the generous tax-deductible contributions of foundations, corporations, churches, and individuals.


The official registration and financial information of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.


CPYU is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Evangelical Press Association (EPA).

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