Practice

Race, Racism, and Relationships: What Matters for Teens’ Mental Health?

By Jessica Stern, YouthNEX Think back to your teenage years: Was it a happy time in your life, or did you struggle with feelings of depression? Did you lean on your close friends or family members for support, or did you deal with your feelings by yourself? And did you ever experience racial discrimination in […]

Excellent new NMRC report reviews mentoring around career interests.

Stelter, R., Melton, T., & Stewart, K. (2021). Mentoring for Enhancing Career Interests & Exploration. National Mentoring Resource Center. https://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/NMRC-Career-Interests-and-Exploration-Review-website.pdf?inf_contact_key=da0209fe120e8b57a0a54dacc144bea5 Summarized by Ariel Ervin There’s a lack of awareness of the range of career options for youths and adolescents. There’s also limited research that explores the long-term effects of mentoring interventions on youths’ career interests and exploration […]

Each One Teach One: Search Institute report suggests strategies for improving mentoring practice

By Search Institute Mentoring relationships between adults and young people can be life-changing. For as long as humans have existed, older individuals have taught and guided younger ones in academics, science, trades, and the arts. What does it mean to be a mentor? How can adults do a better job of forming relationships with young […]

Bridging the Mental Health Care Gap for Black Children Requires a Focus on Racial Equity and Access

By Fadumo M. Abdi & Mavis Sanders, Child Trends  Black children and families in the United States experience direct, indirect, and intergenerationally transmitted stressors that result from systemic racism, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to pre-COVID mental and emotional health outcomes, data since the onset of the pandemic show […]

How funders can help build evaluation capacity in a non-profit

Castillo, I. (2017, September 19). Building Evaluation Capacity within a Nonprofit – How Funders Can Help (and Not Cause Trouble). Venture Philanthropy Partners. http://www.vppartners.org/blog-post/building-evaluation-capacity-within-a-nonprofit-how-funders-can-help-and-not-cause-trouble/ Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Metrics are a valuable asset for funders and non-profits. By having numbers to back up findings, they are able to demonstrate the impact their organizations are […]

Vlog: Youth Mental Health & Reshaping Our Culture

By Daniel Fairley II, Youth-NEX This vlog is the second in a series. View the first blog entitled “Youth at the Intersection of the Movement for Racial Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Highlights: I am the Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement in the City of Charlottesville. In my work, I identify and […]

If we truly want a level playing field, we must focus on social capital

By Andy Chan & Kristina Francis, The Campus Nearly 80 per cent of current students now say they’re worried about finding any kind of job after graduation, let alone a good job, and two-thirds say university is no longer worth the cost. Those concerns are especially acute among Black and Latinx students and students from […]

LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety

By Marshall Forstein, M.D. and Gene Beresin, Executive Director, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds This post is one of a four-part series on college student mental health. The other posts in this series are:  College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination International College Students: Challenges and Solutions The Challenges of First-Generation […]

How Can We Help Young People Find Careers They Care About? It Starts With a Conversation.

By Roadtrip Nation It seems like everyone’s quitting their job these days — and every employer in America is trying to figure out why. But if you’re someone who’s invested in supporting students or young adults—say, you’re a parent, teacher, counselor, or someone who’s working in youth-focused nonprofits or educational organizations—this moment may have you […]

OPINION: There’s an effective way to guide our students through mental health problems

Schools do not have the resources they need, but relying on peers is a great step in the right direction By Chelsea Waite and Julia Freeland Fisher, The Hechinger Report New CDC data out last month revealed that more than 4 in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless.” The data reflects what parents […]