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Research-Policymaker COVID-19 Collaboration: Lessons from Boston’s Summer Jobs Program

By Loretta Goodwin, American Policy Forum How can research inform policy during a pandemic? In Spring 2020, Alicia Modestino, a professor at Northeastern University, and Midori Morikawa, Director of Business Strategy at the City of Boston, rose to the occasion. Their successful partnership and collaborative relationship helped to save and then expand Boston’s summer jobs […]

Bill Seeks ‘Pandemic Funding’ For 21st Century After-school Programs

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Tina Smith recently introduced legislation that requests for an extra $1.2 billion for 21st Century after-school programs. According to Erik Peterson, Afterschool Alliance’s vice president of policy, there’s a chance that this new bill will come in a COVID-19 relief package or as an […]

Actions to “Gift” Youth Experiencing Homelessness This Holiday Season

By Maria Duarte, American Youth Policy Forum Setting the Context Missed Opportunities, a first-of-its-kind report by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, found that 1 in 10 young adults ages 18-25 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period. Approximately 3.5 million young people are largely invisible to society. Particular subpopulations more likely […]

COVID Virtual Learning Offers Lessons on Promoting Equity in Early Care and Education Settings

By Manica F. Ramos, Child Trends The COVID-19 pandemic has become, essentially, a large-scale case study in which we are all involved, whether we like it or not. Nowhere is this reality more apparent than in the shift to remote learning, especially when it impacts very young children and families from under-resourced communities who are […]

Paper explores positive youth development in the context of COVID

Ettekal, A. V., & Agans, J. P. (2020). Positive Youth Development Through Leisure: Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Youth Development, 15(2), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.962 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting youth out-of-school-time programs (OST) and positive youth development in many detrimental ways.  Because youth programs are one of the […]

8 Ways to Evolve Your OST Programs Online

By Shira Woolf Cohen, Youth Today This summer was filled with disappointments as each camp I had enrolled my daughter in — both day camp and overnight camp — were cancelled. All around the country, young campers’ hearts were broken. As a past camper myself, I felt these young people’s pain. Camps are the place […]

[Webinar] Mental health and well-being of adolescents around the world during COVID-19

Date: Dec 10, 2020 10:00 AM CT  COVID-19 is having a huge impact on adolescents around the world. With the ongoing push for lockdowns, social distancing, and online/remote learning, the pandemic is taking a toll on peoples’ well-being. This webinar will present research on adolescent mental health from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Click […]

The Importance of Healing-Centered Afterschool Programs in the COVID-19 era

By Shawn Knecht, American Youth Policy Forum For a moment, imagine you are about to enter a room for a big test or an important job interview. How do you feel? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Do you have trouble concentrating? Maybe you could not sleep the night before? Perhaps you would experience all the above and more. […]

New research brief addresses the educational struggles of Black children and youth in the era of COVID-19

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF Authors Noni Gaylord-Harden, Ph.D., Texas A&M University Valerie Adams-Bass, Ph.D., University of Virginia Erin Bogan, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research Lori Francis, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University Judith Scott, Ph.D., Boston University Eleanor Seaton, Ph.D., Arizona State University Joanna Williams, Ph.D., Rutgers University Data on COVID-19 transmission rates show an irrefutable and disturbing […]

How Will We Cope With the Pandemic Fall?

Mental health experts offer advice on how to handle the return to indoor life the cooler weather will bring. By Jeff Wilser, The New York Times COVID-19 has a significant impact on families. With the winter approaching, many people, like Abby Guido (an assistant professor of graphic and interactive design at Temple University), are concerned […]