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How Learning Happens in a COVID-19 World

By Rachel Stephens-Murphy, America’s Promise Alliance In mid-March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In the weeks that followed, students’ in-school and out-of-school learning environments were dramatically upended, with the vast majority of students participating in some form of online learning at the time. Since that rapid shift, educators, school administrators, out-of-school […]

The terrible toll of COVID-19 on youth mental health

By Dr. Stephanie McGencey, American Youth Policy Forum The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on the health and well-being of youth and young adults. Already alarming rates of depression, suicide, and anxiety are exacerbated by the isolation, contact restrictions, and economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color (BIYOC); youth involved in the […]

Lessons in virtual mentoring

This post has been pasted directly from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network. Agyemang, E. O., & Haggerty, K. P. (2020). Best practices for virtual mentoring: Six key findings from a literature review. University of Washington, School of Social Work. https://pttcnetwork.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/R10%20PTTC%20Best%20Practices%20in%20Virtual%20Mentoring_7.2020.pdf Introduction Mentoring has long been considered an evidence-based practice for promoting positive youth […]

The State of Young People during COVID-19 Infographic

By America’s Promise Alliance Findings from a nationally representative survey of high school students. The survey of 3,300 young people aged 13-19 was conducted by the Center of Promise at America’s Promise Alliance in late April and early May 2020; two thirds of the respondents had been out of school for more than four weeks. […]

The multitude and magnitude of coronavirus stressors on children

The perfect storm of insecurities and isolation creates a setup for mental health concerns and crisis. At BMC, at least 10 percent of parents have requested behavioral health support. By Barry Zuckerman and Katherine Gergen Barnett We’re months into the “new normal’’ of the coronavirus pandemic: social distancing, economic lockdowns, isolating ourselves from one another. […]

Using a life course perspective to predict short- and long-term consequences of COVID-19

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Bernardi, L., Härkönen, J., Antonucci, T. C., Dykstra, P. A., Heckhausen, J., Kuh, D., Mayer, K. U., Moen, P., Mortimer, J. T., Mulder, C. H., Smeeding, T. M., van der Lippe, T., Hagestad, G. O., Kohli, M., Levy, R., Schoon, I., & Thomson, E. (2020). Understanding the effects of Covid-19 through a life course lens. Advances in […]

What’s Worrying Teenagers Right Now

By Ana Homayoun, New York Times Published June 11, 2020; Updated June 18, 2020 According to Nancy Lublin, the chief executive and co-founder of Crisis Text Line, a free mental health texting service providing confidential crisis intervention, the top three topics in conversations since the pandemic began have been “anxiety,” “depression” and “relationships.” But in the past […]

New study: Doing good for other people is contagious

By UT Austin, Futurity Seeing someone do something good for someone else motivates people to perform their own helpful acts, researchers report. The finding could help drive cooperative behavior in communities navigating through the health crisis. In their new study, researchers confirmed that people can be heavily influenced by others, especially when it comes to taking on […]

Enhancing online learning

By Ashley Abramson, APA The COVID-19 pandemic has moved education online for most students. Psychologists are offering ways to maximize that shift Many instructors were on spring break when they learned their schools were closing to stop the spread of the coronavirus—and they had less than a week to move all their course content online. […]

Helping children and families cope with the COVID-19 pandemic

This post is another addition to our effort to disseminate as much material as possible about the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can support young people and families in this very difficult time. Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D. and colleagues have put together a guide for both children and caring adults in their lives, be […]