Tag Archive for: African-American youth

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New Study Highlights Role of Mentor-Mentee Conversations in Preventing Substance Use Among African American Youth

Reference: Kaufman, M. R., Wright, K., Simon, J., Bazell, A., DuBois, D. L., Palen, L.-A., & Latkin, C. (2023). Preventing Substance Use among Urban, African American Youth: The Potential of Mentor-Mentee Conversations. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2023.110943  Summarized By: Ariel Ervin About this Study Evidence shows that substance use often begins during adolescence. Given […]

“We Make a Life by What We Give”: The Impact of a High School Mentoring Program on the Perceptions and Academic Achievement of Black Males.

Ross, B. R.(2022). “We Make a Life by What We Give”: The Impact of a High School Mentoring Program on the Perceptions and Academic Achievement of Black Males. (Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Carolina). Scholar Commons. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a shortage of support from interventions (e.g., mentoring) that foster post-secondary planning […]

New study explores how to incorporate a positive youth development framework.

Rajagopal, S., Harper, K., Holzhauer, K., & Kumra, T. (2022). Utilization of positive youth development framework by youth-facing organizations in Baltimore city. Journal of Youth Development, 17(4). https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1225 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Positive youth development (PYD) is an approach that encourages youth to be productive, healthy, and engaged in their communities. Evidence shows […]

A Reimagined Vision for Black Child and Family Well-being From National and Local Leaders

By Mavis Sanders, Reprinted from Child Trends Despite significant gains toward achieving the full rights and protections of citizenship, Black people in the United States face significant challenges to their well-being that stem from centuries of racial discrimination, violence, and exclusion. Statistics recounting these challenges, while necessary to understand and address the pervasive impact of […]

What are the benefits of natural mentoring for African American sexual and gender minority adolescents?

Kaufman, M. R., Lin, C., Levine, D., Salcido, M., Casella, A., Simon, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). The formation and benefits of natural mentoring for African American sexual and gender minority adolescents: A qualitative study. Journal of Adolescent Research, https://doi.org/10.1177/07435584211064284 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Naturally occurring mentoring relationships are a promising approach […]

The mental health field is overwhelmingly White. This group for Black Baltimore teens hopes to change that

Featured Article by Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun Although people need to look after their mental health, there are still many barriers for marginalized populations in obtaining professional help. This article showcases youths’ experiences in Healing Youth Alliance (a mental health advocacy organization that helps Black youth understand the intersections of mental health issues & racism and […]

Ways to promote social justice in developmental research for African American youth

Smith, C. D., & Lee, J. R. S. (2020). Advancing social justice and affirming humanity in developmental science research with African American boys and young men.  Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 208–214.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2019.1630277 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Barbarin, Tolan, and Gaylord-Harden proposed a model of Adversity, Adaptation, and Positive Development of African American Boys […]

How African American boys and young men cope and adapt to racial and socioeconomic stressors through research

Barbarin, O. A., Tolan, P. H., Gaylord-Harden, N., & Murry, V. (2020). Promoting social justice for African-American boys and young men through research and intervention: A challenge for developmental science. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 196–207. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2019.1702880 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is a lot of evidence that proves how detrimental racism and being […]

Report says Trump policies hurting young people of color, immigrants most

Written by Tammy Joyner, youthtoday.org America’s justice system is reverting to 1960s-style “law-and-order” policies that are exacting a heavy toll on communities of color, especially young people, according to a report released today by a national anti-poverty group. “Unjustice: Overcoming Trump’s Rollbacks on Youth Justice” documents how the Trump administration’s Department of Justice is curtailing key […]

For Young African Americans, Emotional Support Found To Buffer the Biological Toll of Racial Discrimination

by Hannah Klein, SRCD African American youth who report experiencing frequent discrimination during adolescence are at risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke in later years, according to a new study. The study also found that emotional support from parents and peers can protect African American youth from stress-related damage to their bodies […]