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Mentoring Children with Traumatic Experiences

By Dana M. Sox & Helen Min, Reprinted from Youth NEX Highlights: Research suggests there is a potential increase in child adversity exposures, or trauma, post-pandemic. In general, mentoring relationships may help because they can lead to greater self-esteem, stronger connections to school, peers, and family, lower levels of depression, and less involvement in bullying […]

Study suggests ways to strengthen post-pandemic connections

O’Regan, C., Brady, B., & Connolly, C. (2022). Building back better – Using an ecological lens to argue for strengthening mesosystemic connections for young people in a post pandemic world. Child Care in Practice.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2022.2084364 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  It is evident that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have long-term effects. Its disruptions […]

How the pandemic aged teen brains

By Sabrina Moreno, Reprinted from AXIOS The stress of living through the pandemic physically changed adolescents’ brains and prematurely aged them by at least three or four years, according to a Stanford University study. Why it matters: While the behavioral effects of the pandemic are well-documented, data on youths’ neurological development has been scarce. What […]

Addressing Student Mental Health: Strategies for Teachers

By Rachael Kingrey, Reprinted from the American Youth Policy Forum Youth in the United States are in the midst of a mental health crisis. Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges among young people were on the rise, with substantial increases in the rates of depressive episodes and suicidal ideation among young adults ages 12-25. […]

Building Connection: Conversation Starters for Youth in Challenging Times

Reprinted from the Search Institute We’ve all noticed that young people seem to escape into their own world. And it’s not just the screens and headphones. Let’s face it, these are challenging times for young people—and for all of us, to be fair. It’s challenging to find common ground and share a positive future for […]

What were youth development staff members’ experiences during COVID-19?

Woodberry-Shaw, D., Akiva, T., & Lewis, S. S. (2022). Youth development staff experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods study. Child & Youth Care Forum.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09711-y Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth development staff play a key role in providing support for young people. This study examined the experiences of youth development […]

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

By Anya Kamenetz, Reprinted from 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. […]

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

By Patrick Riley, Reprinted from 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 […]

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

By Princess Asiedu, Reprinted from 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 […]

New dissertation explores the persistence of first-generation college students during COVID-19

Beckman, C.M. (2022). How first-generation undergraduates persisted during COVID-19: Adaptive capital? [Doctoral Dissertation, Saint Mary’s College of California]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There are different persistence and retention rates between first-generation (FC) college students and continuing-generation college students (CS). Evidence also indicates that people who have a bachelor’s degree […]