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The state of the teen mental health crisis — and how to help

By Erica Pandey, Axios Never have so many kids reported being so sad and stressed. Why it matters: The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the mental health crisis among children and teens a national emergency. Zoom out: Consider these troubling stats, reported by Axios health care editor Tina Reed. Mental distress: More than 40% of […]

Black Children and Adolescents Can Achieve Greater Heights With Research-informed Policies and Practices

By Mavis Sanders, Joy Thompson, Kristen Harper, Child Trends Racial disparities in many indicators of child well-being (e.g., school suspension, suicide, exposure to violence, juvenile arrests) illustrate the need to improve Black children’s and adolescents’ experiences and outcomes across multiple domains, including education, health, child welfare, and criminal justice. However, to promote a deeper and […]

Adapting to Connect Young People to Opportunity

We Will Have to Do It in a Post-Pandemic World By Patrice Cromwell, The Annie E. Casey Foundation “Adapt.” That’s what we’ve been advis­ing young peo­ple for years — since the Great Reces­sion, real­ly — as they have sought footholds in an Amer­i­can econ­o­my increas­ing­ly defined by pre­car­i­ty. It’s a refrain that echoed through the first year of the […]

The Rights of LGBTQ+ Youth and their Families Must Be Protected

By MENTOR MENTOR Opposes Discriminatory Legislation and Censorship Attempts Across the Country March 4, 2022 – As an organization committed to expanding and supporting positive relationships and identity formation for our nation’s young people, MENTOR takes a stand against the recent discriminatory legislation that ostracizes and discriminates against LGBTQ+ youth. These policies are a shocking […]

Developing Resilience: A Conversation with Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on Learning from Emotions

By the Search Institute One of the central questions of youth development research is: What does it mean for young people to develop resilience? And here’s an essential follow‑up question: What does the brain have to do with it? We can’t think of a better person to discuss this with than Dr. Mary Helen Immordino‑Yang, […]

Integrating Positive Youth Development and Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Approaches Across the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

By Hannah Lantos, Tiffany Allen, Fadumo M. Abdi, Felipe Franco, Kristin Anderson Moore, Jasmine Snell, Billie-Ann Bruce, Zakia Redd, Rebecca Robuck, & Jennifer Miller, Child Trends Over the past 30 years, a growing body of research has indicated that Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches can improve mental and physical health, education, and employment outcomes for […]

An examination of caregiver incarceration, positive childhood experiences, and school success

Crouch, E., Smith, H. P., & Andersen, T. S. (2022). An examination of caregiver incarceration, positive childhood experiences, and school success. Children and Youth Services Review, 133, 106345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106345 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although previous studies have investigated family & school connectedness and lifetime educational achievements of incarcerated adults, there aren’t as many that […]

Webinar: SEL Mindsets and Practices to #KnowEachStudent

The “SEL Mindsets and Practices to #KnowEachStudent” webinar, which included speakers from Along, Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA), and Understood, focused on ways that educators and students can create a sense of belonging in the classroom every day. To learn more about strategies for creating positive teacher-student relationships,  watch the full webinar here.

Strengthening student-teacher relationships to boost achievement

By Lauren Barack, K12 Dive Dive Brief: Not every educator comes into the classroom knowing how to create and sustain solid and ongoing relationships with their students — but they can learn, according to an article in Edutopia. To start, educators can work on strengthening their own listening skills by building “empathic listening,” which relies […]

Introduction to issue sponsored by Along

By Ben Houltberg, Ph.D., LMFT (President & CEO of The Search Institute) and Jean Rhodes, Ph.D. (Director of The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring ) Many of the articles, profiles, and research summaries in this Chronicle issue, sponsored by Along, focus on the importance of teacher-student relationships. They highlight the role of teachers in promoting students’ […]