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BBBSA Teams Up with America’s Promise Alliance

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in response to recent events regarding violence against Black Americans, has joined America’s Promise Alliance to unite and call out injustices and the impacts systemic racism and trauma have on young people. The statement is available here – https://www.americaspromise.org/press-release/racial-trauma-and-young-people-why-we-cant-stay-silent

[Webinar] Team transition! Mentoring youth in the transition from foster care to adult life

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 – 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time Description: The transition to adulthood represents a critical moment in the lives of youth involved in foster care. Support from caring peers and adults can make all the difference between a transition with dire circumstances or one in which a young person can […]

Urge Congress to prioritize young people in the COVID-19 response

A call to action from MENTOR: “Right now, across the country, mentoring programs are adjusting their services to continue to meet the needs of young people during this pandemic while following guidance from health professionals. We know all too well that youth often feel the brunt of national emergencies and we must call upon our […]

7 ways American racism is alive and well today

By Sandra Feter, Futurity Racism is a deeply American problem and, based on a review of prior research, there are seven factors contributing to racism in the US today, researchers argue in a new paper. “People often define racism as disliking or mistreating others on the basis of race. That definition is wrong,” says coauthor […]

MENTOR celebrates Pride month

June is Pride Month, and MENTOR is celebrating #MENTORPride. Read their statement, and access Pride Month resources for mentors below. “June is Pride Month, which lifts up a movement built on fighting for equality and acceptance for all. That message is as timely as ever, as we stand against the tragedies and realities of systemic […]

New study on barriers to forming natural mentoring relationships in Latinx youth

Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y., Sánchez, B., & Smith Carter, J. (2020). Developing natural mentoring relationships among latinx youth: the roles of trust in adults and stressors. Applied Developmental Science, 1-12. Summarized by Cyanea Poon   Notes of Interest: Latinx youth face social inequalities that may impede them from becoming adults who can achieve their educational and career […]

What’s lost when black children are socialized into a white world

Dani McClain, The Atlantic  I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome. Jessica Black is a Pittsburg, California, mother of two black teenagers, both of whom have been disciplined multiple times at their middle and high schools. […]

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 […]

Research highlights the importance of peer mentoring for youth offenders

Creaney, S. (2020) Children’s Voices—are we Listening? Progressing Peer Mentoring in the Youth Justice System, Child Care in Practice, 26:1, 22-37, DOI:10.1080/13575279.2018.1521381 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is evidence that indicates the importance and effectiveness of mentoring, there is still a lack of empirical research on peer mentoring within the Youth Justice System […]

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 […]