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New study finds Dutch youth were more likely to adhere to COVID-19 measures if they had a natural mentor

Koning, N., Hagedoorn, N., Stams, G.-J. J. M., Assink, M., & van Dam, L. (2021). What makes Dutch youth comply with preventive COVID-19 measures? An explorative study. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22651 Notes of Interest:  Taking preventative measures is necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19. This explorative study explores which factors affect whether or not […]

Mott Poll Report: How the pandemic has impacted teen mental health

By  C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital: National Poll on Children’s Health Restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19 may be particularly difficult for teens, who rely heavily on their peer and social connections for emotional support. In 2021, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about the emotional […]

How to Support Adult Children Struggling With Mental Health

Expert advice on how to gently offer help and compassion. By Julie Halpert, The New York Times Although issues like student debt, economic uncertainty, and unrealistic expectations of success have affected many young people before the pandemic, COVID-19 has exacerbated them. In this article, Julie Halpert writes about how parents can support their adult children. […]

Mentoring expert, Szilvia Simon, talks about how online programming can open doors for international connections

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin Szilvia Simon of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring adds that, even once in-person programming has resumed to its former capacity, virtual programming will continue […]

How youth-initiated mentoring can help address youth mental health problems during COVID-19

van Dam, L., Rhodes, J., & Spencer, R. (2021). Youth-Initiated Mentoring as a Scalable Approach to Addressing Mental Health Problems During the COVID-19 Crisis. JAMA Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0490 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The pandemic is taking a toll on youths’ mental health. Although children are not as susceptible to the virus as adults are, they […]

What American kids need this summer

To help students recover from a pandemic school year, experts are prescribing fun. By Anna North, Vox  The 2020-2021 school year was difficult for many children. As students around the country struggled to keep up with their schooling during a pandemic, many people became increasingly concerned about children falling behind.     In this article, experts talk […]

Using the Web of Support Framework

By Dr. Shannon Vargar & Dr. Jonathan Zaff, CERES Institute for Children & Youth  Every day young people attend schools, participate in after school programs, show up for jobs, and navigate their neighborhoods filled with adults and peers who have the potential to help them as they pursue their education, work, life, and health goals. […]

Mentoring expert, Òscar Prieto-Flores, highlights the importance of relationship quality in mentoring programs

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin Dr. Òscar Prieto-Flores, associate professor of sociology at the University of Girona in Spain, agrees that relationship quality, while not the only necessary component of […]

Top 10 Tips to Deepen Social-Emotional Learning in Virtual After-School Programs

By Joshua Barrow, Alexandra Lotero, & David Adams, Youth Today With fewer resources and increased constraints, program facilitators and educators are now tasked with rising to the occasion of providing high-quality experiences during a time of unprecedented need. This includes developing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in all settings, including remotely, and in support settings outside […]

Summer Programs for Kids Will Use Multiple Strategies to Cut COVID-19 Risk

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Although more and more people are getting vaccinated, program organizers are still concerned about what safety precautions they should take. In this article, Stell Simpson shares some of the strategies summer programs across the country are planning to use to reduce the risk of COVID-19. To access the resource, please […]