Practice

Leveraging the Connection Between Youth Mental Health and Relationships

By Kristan Allen (Director of Marketing and Development) and Lydia Bernardo (Marketing Coordinator), National Mentoring Resource Center Mental health and well-being have been top of mind for many of us over the past few years, especially regarding the young people in our communities. According to Mental Health America’s “The State of Mental Health in America” […]

Quarterly spotlight on students’ social capital: Talking to students about their networks

By Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute Reprinted from the Christensen Institute’s newsletter  Dear Friends, How do you talk to students about deepening and expanding their networks? This question comes up frequently in our work. Although this is certainly an area where more R&D would be beneficial, there are a few guiding principles and examples that […]

Latinx Families’ Strengths and Resilience Contribute to Their Well-being

By Natasha Cabrera, Angelica Alonso, Yu Chen, and Rachel Ghosh Cabrera, N., Alonso, A., Chen, Y., Ghosh, R. (2022). Latinx Families’ Strengths and Resilience Contribute to Their Well-Being. Bethesda, MD: National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families. https://www.hispanicresearchcenter.org/research-resources/latinx-families-strengths-and-resilience-contribute-to-their-well-being Below is an overview of this brief. Read the brief in its entirety, here. Introduction Latinx families belong […]

The Mentoring Effect: Indigenous Youth

By MENTOR Canada Mentor Canada’s Mapping the Mentoring Gap is the first study to provide a detailed portrait of young people’s mentoring experiences across Canada. In the winter of 2020, Mentor Canada surveyed 2,838 young adults and interviewed 19 young adults between the ages of 18 to 30 to learn more about how mentors supported […]

What Grieving Children Need From the Grown-Ups in Their Live

By Anya Kamenetz, Time COVID-19 will impress a signature of grief into the next generation. According to the Imperial College London, 258,800 children in the United States have lost a primary or secondary caregiver to COVID-19. That is, the disease took one or both of their parents or grandparents who lived with them. A majority […]

Microcredentials and mentoring: How universities can boost student employability

By Ann-Louise Davidson, YouthREX The looming recession climate is causing concerns over skyrocketing student debt. On top of a deeply unaffordable housing market, these factors call for universities to be more relevant in terms of preparing students for employability. This is a break with the traditional mission of the universities. Economist George Fallis, professor emeritus […]

In-and after-school programs aim to combat mental health effects that COVID-19 worsened

By Patrick Riley, Youth Today To emphasize her point, Charleston, S.C.-based educator Bridget Laird shared the story of a six-year-old boy whose frustrated first-grade teacher, short on patience, shouted at him and made him cry. It was the very first day he’d stepped inside an actual, physical classroom. She immediately ordered him to sit in […]

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth Mental Health, Wellbeing & Service Access

By Princess Asiedu, YouthREX Due to frequently shifting public health measures and the resulting isolation experienced by many youth during the pandemic, more and more young people are reporting issues with their mental health, and the need for professional help has increased to staggering levels. But how specifically has youth mental health been impacted, and […]

How Schools Can Teach Students to Network (Even When Students Don’t Think They Have One)

By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week Many schools have used federal funding to hire or assign staff or volunteers to build one-on-one relationships with students. But as leaders grapple with staff shortages and overwhelmed teachers, it may be more effective and sustainable to help students learn to find and develop support networks on their own. […]

Today’s Youth Have Spoken–It’s Time for A Different Approach

By Torie Weiston-Serdan, Ph.D., National Mentoring Resource Center A key part of my role at the National Mentoring Resource Center is to represent a different way of thinking. With the Youth Mentoring Action Network, my work involves critical mentoring at the intersection of othered identities. As an active Research Board member at the NMRC, it’s […]