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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 […]

The serious business of play

By Rebecca A. Clay, APA The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to encourage unstructured play and promote children’s healthy development, psychologists say. Guides for parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic are full of advice about how to help children navigate the transition to virtual classes, how to keep children busy and avoid boredom, and why schedules […]

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. […]

Ways to support your graduating senior in 2020

By Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Today’s high school seniors were born in the midst of 9/11 and will graduate during COVID-19, an unprecedented time in our history. For many Boys & Girls Clubs kids and teens, the days in between have been equally uncertain. Although, for some, […]

The power of the pause: Helping your child learn about mindfulness in this stressful time

By Frank Sileo, Magination Press Family Families all over the world are experiencing increased stress and anxiety. As we all practice social distancing, our daily routines have been disrupted. While this is stressful, it also provides an opportunity to slow down, to pause, and learn new coping strategies. The post below explores the power of […]

MENTOR portal lets youth organizations go virtual, shift mentoring online

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Social distancing has disrupted social services of all kinds, but nowhere are the changes felt more strongly than in youth organizations that offer one-on-one mentoring. “Rule No. 1 in mentoring is: Do not abruptly break the relationship,” said Kate Schrauth, executive director of iCouldBe, a nonprofit that offers virtual mentoring. But how […]

Staying physically healthy & active during COVID-19

By Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Club of America With many gyms, parks and recreation centers closed, we know it may be difficult to keep kids physically active while the nation works to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Regular physical activity is important for both our physical and mental well-being. […]

Measuring youth outcomes from a place of strength

By Katy White, Youth Collaboratory For over 100 years, the youth development field has predominantly taken a deficit-based approach to youth services. Addressing this period of “storm and stress” in adolescent development by focusing on the things we want to avoid. That’s how we come to have programs and approaches that are focused on things […]

Emotional health check-ins during COVID-19

By Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Club of America The top priority of the whole country right now is to stay healthy. And while we recognize that right now physical health is the biggest focus, kid’s emotional health is just as important. Try to incorporate emotional check-ins into your daily schedule […]

Youth with disabilities find positivity during COVID-19 pandemic

By Deandra Mouzon, Youth Today Amid all the worrying and doubt about the coronavirus, young people with disabilities are finding ways to stay positive. Staying at home does limit activities for everyone, but I have found that people with disabilities, both youth and adults, are finding creative ways to spend their time. Whether it is […]