3 tips for talking to kids about coronavirus and the national shutdown

By Frederick Hess, Forbes Like many in education, I’ve been deluged by queries from parents wondering how to help their kids deal with these scary, surreal days. Many questions are about helping kids stay on track academically or finding good online resources. But more of them are asking for advice on how to talk to […]

MENTOR’s COVID-19 resources

Everyone has been touched by the corona virus and COVID-19, with cases soaring over 180,000 in the United States alone. During these trying times, the support of others is critical. While this might not be possible in a physical capacity with the necessity of social distancing, we can try to provide remote support wherever possible. […]

The key to thriving, motivated kids – give them mentors

The key to thriving, motivated kids – give them mentors By Tami Silverman, Indiana Youth Institute Kids and youth thrive when they have caring and supportive adults in their lives, and mentoring offers an outstanding way to foster such relationships. Mentors help the kids with whom they interact to face the day-to-day challenges of growing […]

Youth-serving nonprofits linked with greater prosperity in cities

By Stell Simonton, YouthToday Are you with a small but growing nonprofit that serves kids? Jim Chesire is convinced of your value. And furthermore, the Chicago consultant has evidence. By crunching new data, his organization is showing a link between the growth of youth-serving nonprofits — especially small ones — and upward mobility in cities. […]

How one Philadelphia after-school program works to be trauma-informed

By Stell Simonton, YouthToday On an afternoon in October, kids in the Sunrise of Philadelphia after-school program made tissue-paper marigolds, assembled little altars and created masks. It was the Day of the Dead celebration held by Sunrise partner, Fleisher Art Memorial. They wrote poems about people who were no longer with them, either lost to death or simply […]

Teens learn to lead in the real world

By PHYLLIS PICKLESIMER, Futurity After-school programs where teens work through real-life problems are the best way for them to learn strategic thinking skills. “In school you learn how government is supposed to work. In youth leadership programs, youth learn how government actually works. They also learn how to influence it,” says Reed Larson, professor of […]

Mindfulness apps with acceptance training can reduce stress

By SHILO REA, Futurity Mindfulness meditation apps can reduce the body’s response to biological stress, new research suggests. Acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is particularly important for impacting stress biology and benefitting from the training’s stress reduction effects, the researchers found. The research […]

‘Connected’ schools have lower rates of suicide attempts

By SCOTT HESEL, Futurity Rates of suicide attempts are lower in high schools where students have better connections to their peers and stronger relationships with adult staff, according to a new study. The study surveyed 10,291 students from 38 high schools to determine social integration through the relationship network structure of each school. Researchers asked […]

How we can help teens with autism in their transition to adulthood

By JESSLYN CHEW, Futurity As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to rise, there has been an emphasis on early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment. However, less attention has gone to children with autism once they reach their teen years and adulthood. Researchers say these young people and their caregivers need more support […]

Teens can teach classmates to recognize depression

POSTED BY KARA GAVIN, Futurity Editor’s Note: How can we encourage and teach youth to help their peers around them? High school students can improve their peers’ understanding of depression, and their attitudes about seeking help for themselves or others, according to a new study. NATIONWIDE, ABOUT 7.5 PERCENT OF TEENS HAVE EXPERIENCED DEPRESSION IN THE […]