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‘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 […]

Top child development researcher explains who COVID-19 jeopardizes Child Well-Being

By Anna Gassman-Pines, Ph.D. & Lisa A. Gennetian, Ph.D., Society for Research in Child Development Edited by Rebekah Levine Coley, Ph.D. Within just the first three months of the COVID-19 financial fallout, one in five children in the United States experienced the job loss of an adult in their household.1 As the pandemic continues and […]

In Rural Communities, COVID-19 Increases Healthy Development Challenges for Children of Color

By Faith Mitchell, Urban Institute In the midst of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that it has disproportionately affected Black, Latinx, and American Indian families and communities. Though lack of adequate data makes it impossible to gauge the full impact of the pandemic, there is also ample evidence of COVID-19’s […]

Here’s How to Make Youth-adult Partnership Work

By Laura Furr, Youth Today How different would today look if people most affected by decisions held equal power in making those decisions?  If public health decision-makers included Black, Indigenous and Latinx patients who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and suffer the effects of racially biased health care? If police accountability review boards, prosecutor’s offices […]

The Fear of Speaking Out About Mental Health Is Persistent. We Need to Reach Out to Each Other

By : Cecile Stone, 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 […]