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Missing in the Margins: Estimating the Scale of the COVID-19 Attendance Crisis

By Hailly T.N. Korman, Bonnie O’Keefe, and Matt Repka, Bellwether Education Introduction It’s 2020. Do you know where 3 million students are? By mid-March 2020, most American schools had shut their doors, and about half remain fully or partially closed to in-person learning today. For approximately 3 million of the most educationally marginalized students in […]

Boys & Girls Clubs Of America And National CARES Mentoring Movement Rally Together To Provide Hope For Youth In Crisis

By Boys and Girls Clubs of America The National CARES Mentoring Movement and Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently announced their collaboration to make resources and support more accessible for youth and adolescents who are disproportionately struggling from the pandemic.  For the first phase of their partnership, both organizations are planning to work together […]

Fostering Relationships During COVID-19

By Maria Duarte, American Youth Policy Forum   COVID-19 Impact Over the past year, COVID-19 has directly impacted the lives of millions of families across the world. Our daily routines have transformed, and our new “normal” is quite a different way of living. Specifically, vulnerable populations such as the global majority[1], elderly, children, and people […]

A National Agenda for Children’s Mental Health

By Jessica Dym Bartlett and Brandon Stratford, Child Trends The social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children and youth is a critical aspect of human development that lays the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many as one in five children had a diagnosed mental health disorder. While research […]

‘I Know I’m Not Alone’: The Importance of Mentors Right Now

Most mentoring programs have moved online, but some wait lists are long and the rare person-to-person connection is sorely missed. By Alix Strauss, New York Times Although mentoring programs are known for effectively promoting youth development and well-being, the pandemic has made it hard for many programs to keep up with the increasing demand for […]

Mentoring is key for lonely Gen Z

Gen Z is getting lonelier, and mentors are the cure By Kevin Singer and Lauren Rink, Springtide Research Institute What do obesity, smoking 15 cigarettes per day, and loneliness have in common? They are equally draining on one’s life expectancy. Loneliness is especially evident for members of Gen Z, or those born between 1995-2010. Springtide […]

The State Of Mental Health In America

By Mental Health America Key Findings Youth mental health is worsening. 9.7% of youth in the U.S. have severe major depression, compared to 9.2% in last year’s dataset. This rate was highest among youth who identify as more than one race, at 12.4%. Even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing. […]

Certain Parenting Behaviors Associated with Positive Changes in Well-Being during COVID-19 Pandemic

Neubauer, A. B., Schmidt, A., Kramer, A. C., & Schmiedek, F. (2021). A Little Autonomy Support Goes a Long Way: Daily Autonomy-Supportive Parenting, Child Well-Being, Parental Need Fulfillment, and Change in Child, Family, and Parent Adjustment Across the Adaptation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Child Development, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13515 Summarized by the Society for Research in Child Development During the […]

Young adults are being hit hard by the pandemic

By Kassandra Martinchek, Urban Institute Roughly one-quarter of adults believe they are financially worse off now than at the beginning of the pandemic. However, not all generations have experienced the COVID-19 economic recession equally. In March and April, nearly 60 percent of Gen Z adults reported they or their families experienced job-related losses, and more […]

America Promise’s #ListenToYouth campaign offers tips for connecting online

By Margarida Celestino, America’s Promise Alliance  This piece is part of “Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth,” a four-week series produced in collaboration with The 74 to elevate student voices in the national conversation as schools and districts navigate how to educate our country’s youth in a global pandemic. In this series, students write open letters to […]