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40K Kids in the US may have lost a parent to COVID-19

Posted by Matt Swayne – Penn State, Futurity Approximately 40,000 children in the United States may have lost a parent to COVID-19 since February 2020, according to a statistical model. The researchers anticipate that without immediate interventions, the trauma from losing a parent could cast a shadow of mental health and economic problems well into […]

Mentoring program promotes social and emotional well-being of young immigrants in Spain

Sánchez-Aragón, A., Belzunegui-Eraso, A., & Prieto-Flores, Ò. (2021). Results of Mentoring in the Psychosocial Well-Being of Young Immigrants and Refugees in Spain. Healthcare, 9(1), 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010013 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence has shown that non-parental figures play an important role in the social inclusion of vulnerable communities and that mentoring can help promote positive […]

The importance of promoting gifted youths’ psychosocial skills & providing insider knowledge

Subotnik, R. F., Olszewski‐Kubilius, P., Khalid, M., & Finster, H. (2021). A developmental view of mentoring talented students in academic and nonacademic domains. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 199–207. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14286 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Research shows how beneficial teachers, mentors, and coaches are for gifted students’ academic & non-academic […]

[Webinar] Caregiver Engagement: A Key to Quality Mentoring and Social Justice

Date: Apr 15, 2021 01:00 PM EST Although familial adult figures have influential roles in quality youth mentoring matches and their children’s futures, parents, guardians, & caregivers of color and those from working-class backgrounds are often excluded from mentoring programs.    This webinar highlights the detriments of devaluing marginalized parents & caregivers and discusses how this […]

How To Talk — And Listen — To A Teen With Mental Health Struggles

By Anya Kamenetz, NPR The pandemic is having a significant impact on youths’ mental health. With the loss of routines and milestones, many are struggling to cope.  This NPR podcast episode/article discusses some of the ways parents can help support teens and when teens should seek professional help.    To access the resource, please click here. […]

Coaching and Mentoring: Two sides of the same coin?

Stokes, P., Diochon, P. F., & Otter, K. (2021). “Two sides of the same coin?” Coaching and mentoring and the agentic role of context. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 142–152. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14316 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Because of all the similarities between mentoring and coaching, it’s hard for many people […]

Transformative SEL as a Lever for Equity & Social Justice

By the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)   CASEL is committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL’s definition and framework for SEL provides a foundation for all communities to use evidence-based SEL strategies to advance the goals of equity and excellence in ways that […]

New study explores how mentors may threaten or promote healthy autonomous decision making in youth

Davis, A. L., & McQuillin, S. D. (2021). Supporting autonomy in youth mentoring relationships.  Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22567 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although it’s important for mentors to help and guide their mentees, there are positive and negative implications of mentors influencing their mentees’ decision-making.  This study reviews the literature […]

American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today With the latest COVID-19 relief package (the American Rescue Plan) underway, youths, and potentially educators & developmental professionals in after-school or summer program settings, will be provided with some financial relief.  This article encourages state education departments, local school districts, and school partnerships to be strategic about how they can […]