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The Pandemic Exacerbated Mental Health Issues among Incarcerated Youth. How Can We Reverse the Trend?

By Arielle Jackson, Urban Institute Research suggests as many as 70 percent of justice-involved youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavior problems, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. Entering juvenile carceral facilities can exacerbate existing mental health problems. But the juvenile system rarely addresses, or insufficiently addresses, mental health […]

Integrating Positive Youth Development and Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Approaches Across the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

By Hannah Lantos, Tiffany Allen, Fadumo M. Abdi, Felipe Franco, Kristin Anderson Moore, Jasmine Snell, Billie-Ann Bruce, Zakia Redd, Rebecca Robuck, & Jennifer Miller, Child Trends Over the past 30 years, a growing body of research has indicated that Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches can improve mental and physical health, education, and employment outcomes for […]

Original Research by NMRC Research Board Highlights Impact of Mentoring on Long-Term Justice System Involvement

By: Mike Garringer, National Mentoring Resource Center One of the more challenging questions a mentoring program can get asked is “What’s the long-term impact of mentoring?” While most of the stakeholders in our work have an inherent belief in mentoring young people, often borne of their own experiences, occasionally those we bring into this movement […]

New study shows promising long-term outcomes for mentoring program for children in foster care

Taussig, H. N., Dmitrieva, J., Garrido, E. F., Cooley, J. L., & Crites, E. (2021). Fostering Healthy Futures Preventive Intervention for Children in Foster Care: Long-term Delinquency Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Prevention Science.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01235-6 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although maltreated foster care children have a high risk of being involved in delinquency […]

Developing cultural consciousness of systemic issues through mentoring

Duron, J. F., Williams‐Butler, A., Schmidt, A. T., & Colon, L. (2020). Mentors’ experiences of mentoring justice-involved adolescents: A narrative of developing cultural consciousness through connection. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(7), 2309–2325. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22415 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mentoring is a popular method of engaging with at-risk youth and justice-involved youth, youth mentoring programs still […]

[Webinar] Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People

  Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET On December 2nd, the American Youth Policy Forum’s (AYPF)  is going to host a webinar that will feature the stories and talents of system-involved youth. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch performances of young artists; enjoy a special guest appearance; and participate in a […]