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Social media survey has implications for mentoring

The American Psychological Association (APA) released a report that explores the impact of technology and communication on stress levels in the United States. In addition to the insight the report provides on broader trends in our relationships with technology, social media, and work, there are some important takeaway lessons for mentoring programs and mentors. While […]

Defining and Promoting Youth Well-Being — With Young People Leading the Way

By and reprinted from The Annie E. Casey Foundation How do young peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tur­al back­grounds define their well-being? How is youth well-being tied to racial and eth­nic iden­ti­ty? What does it take to improve well-being? Youth & Young Adult Well­be­ing, a new report fund­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion, begins to answer […]

Questions for Dr. Rebecca L. Stelter: A randomized controlled trial of enhanced mentoring program practices for children of incarcerated caregivers

Interviewed By Saniya Soni 1. Several meta-analyses have found that targeted mentoring programs have better outcomes. Your recent paper looked at a targeted mentoring approach for COIP and found that it was indeed more effective for COIP. Why do you think programs are hesitant to become more targeted when the research clearly points to better […]

New study shows how enhanced mentoring practices affect children of incarcerated parents.

Stelter, R. L., Stump, K. N., Rhodes, J. E., & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2023). A randomized controlled trial of enhanced mentoring program practices for children of incarcerated caregivers: Assessing impacts on youth and match outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23017 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Parental incarceration is an adverse childhood experience that often leads […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Tom Rosenberg of the American Camp Association

                            Written by Rachel Rubin Tom Rosenberg is the President/CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), a community of summer camp professionals working to promote youth development through the preservation, promotion, and improvement of the camp experience. In addition to his variety […]

The importance of engagement for adolescents in afterschool programs

Sjogren, A. L., Zumbrunn, S., Broda, M., Bae, C. L., & Deutsch, N. L. (2022). Understanding afterschool engagement: Investigating developmental outcomes for adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 69, 169– 182. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12554 Summarized by Charlotte Styron and Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence suggests that participating in high-quality after-school programs promotes positive youth development & academic outcomes. […]

New study explores how to incorporate a positive youth development framework.

Rajagopal, S., Harper, K., Holzhauer, K., & Kumra, T. (2022). Utilization of positive youth development framework by youth-facing organizations in Baltimore city. Journal of Youth Development, 17(4). https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1225 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Positive youth development (PYD) is an approach that encourages youth to be productive, healthy, and engaged in their communities. Evidence shows […]

Study suggests ways to strengthen post-pandemic connections

O’Regan, C., Brady, B., & Connolly, C. (2022). Building back better – Using an ecological lens to argue for strengthening mesosystemic connections for young people in a post pandemic world. Child Care in Practice.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2022.2084364 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  It is evident that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have long-term effects. Its disruptions […]

Revisiting 2022: Blogs on Youth Voice, New Research & More

By Leslie M. Booren, Reprinted from Youth NEX At the core of the work here at Youth-Nex is including and elevating the voices of youth. Dr. Nancy Deutsch, Youth-Nex Director, recently said there are two significant reasons for this. The first is that youth are more than just future adults who will one day be […]

What factors promote positive youth development among Chinese youth?

Wang, Y., Li, X., Bronk, K. C., & Lin, D. (2022). Factors that promote positive Chinese youth development: A qualitative study. Applied Developmental Science, 0(0), 1–18.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2022.2060225 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the pervasive use of positive youth development (PYD) in western countries, there’s a lack of work on PYD in mainland China, […]