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What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the organ’s electrical wiring. […]

Poverty, not war trauma, harms cognition in child refugees

By Mike Cummings, Futurity  Poverty, not war-related trauma, drives cognitive deficits in child refugees displaced by conflict, according to a new study of adolescents affected by the crisis in Syria. While somewhat unexpected, given the high levels of war exposure in Syrian refugees, the findings align with recent studies of US children living in adversity, […]

Sustainability of supportive housing for families in the child welfare system

By Nickolas Bagley, Youth Today Published: June 26, 2019 Report Intro/Brief: The Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to explore the effects of providing housing and intensive services to high-need families in the child welfare system. Demonstration sites created new service delivery […]

When College students mentor high-risk youth: Two important lessons

summarized by Stella Kanchewa Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 69-78. Introduction: Credit bearing service-learning experiences for college students can mutually engender growth among students who participate within these courses and the communities they serve. Students’ experiences within these courses encourage increasing awareness of social inequities (e.g., systemic oppression, marginalization and privilege), particularly biases and […]

Apprenticeships for youth now have national momentum (Part 1)

By Ray Glier, youthtoday.org Da’Sean Harrison, 22, has ambitions to be a general contractor, a master of all trades. Now working on a construction job in the Seattle area, he marvels over the skills of one worker he and his co-workers have nicknamed “wizard.” Harrison wants to be a wizard. The Washington state legislation that […]

Therapeutic services for LGBT people: Implications for mentoring

By Luca Pax and RP Whitmore-Bard with Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services. reprinted from mentoring.org As queer and trans people, we are incredibly resilient but we are also a vulnerable population. In recent decades, an increase in queer and trans visibility has made the world a better place for us to live. Still, the following has […]

Natural Mentors and Education: Complementary or Compensatory Resources?

Summarized by UMass Boston clinical psychology doctoral student Laura Yoviene, MA Erickson, L., McDonald, S., & Elder, G. (2013). Informal mentors and education: Complementary or compensatory resources? Sociology of Education, 82, 344-367. Problem: The majority of research on mentoring has focused on how it can influence  the lives of disadvantaged youths;  whereas very few studies […]

New research on toxic stress and poverty: Implications for practice

by Venessa Marks and Julie Novak This post is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, and this second post highlights what professional staff needs to know about toxic stress. A third will discuss recent programmatic innovations related to […]

Rethinking poverty: New research looks at deprivation beyond income level

Posted by Lance Wallace, Georgia Institute of Technology Since social scientists and economists began measuring poverty, its definition has never strayed far from a discussion of income. Now, new research shows there are multiple components of poverty that more accurately describe a household’s economic condition. “Deprivation” is more than simply low income, says Shatakshee Dhongde. Almost […]

Roundtable: How Does Poverty Affect the Brain?

By Princess Ojiaku | October 23, 2015 Scientific American Blog Growing up in poverty can hinder childhood achievement and affect life trajectory. Researchers in fields, such as economics and social sciences, have extensively documented these differences, but can neuroscientists develop a more complete understanding of poverty’s reach by studying the brains of infants and young […]