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Five Ways to Improve How We Measure Young People’s Well-Being

By Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Hannah Daly, and Amelia Coffey, Reprinted from the Urban Institute Young people need resources and support to thrive both during adolescence and into adulthood. To work toward this, we need to be able to measure, track, and determine indicators that represent all aspects of well-being. Policymakers, funders, researchers, advocates, and practitioners […]

The Mental Health Crisis Affecting Black Men & Boys

In “The Invisible Ache”, Courtney B. Vance and psychologist Dr. Robin L. Smith delve deeply into the alarming mental health crisis Black men and boys are experiencing across America. Drawing attention to the CDC’s unsettling findings of the rapid surge in suicide rates among this demographic, Dr. Smith highlights how historical racial trauma alongside the […]

Natural mentoring among college students of color: New study explores the role of ethnic-racial identity and psychological well-being

Garcia-Murillo, Y., Sánchez, B., Carter, J. S., McMahon, S. D., & Schwartz, S. E. (2023). Natural mentoring among college students of color: Considerations for their ethnic-racial identity and psychological well-being. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23064 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: College students of color in predominately White institutions (PWIs) have poorer graduation and retention […]

Lessons From Generation Work on Incorporating Positive Youth Development Into Employment Training

By Kristin Anderson Moore, Hannah Lantos, and Zakia Redd, Reprinted from Child Trends Moore, K.A., Lantos, H., & Redd, Z. (2023). Lessons from Generation Work on incorporating positive youth development into employment training. Child Trends.  https://www.childtrends.org/blog/lessons-from-generation-work-on-incorporating-positive-youth-development-into-employment-training Generation Work, an initiative launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2016, aims to connect more of America’s […]

Highlighting racism and unequal access to mentors in schools

Flitner, A., McQuillin, S., Kornbluh, M., & Thompson, D. (2023). Spotlighting racism in schools: Teacher mentors and the mediating effect of school safety. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12680 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Evidence shows that access to supportive relationships with adults and feeling safe at school increases the likelihood of youth success. However, […]

What are the motivations, program support, and personal growth that occur within cross-racial mentoring relationships with Black youth?

Jones, K., Parra-Cardona, R., Sánchez, B., Vohra-Gupta, S., & Franklin, C. (2023). Motivations, program support, and personal growth: Mentors perspectives on the reciprocal benefits of cross-racial mentoring relationships with Black youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 106996. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2023.106996 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although Black youths are the most significant demographic of young people who receive […]

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 […]

How to talk to kids about race and foster interracial friendships

Posted by Marc Chalufour-Boston U., Reprinted from Futurity New research shows that kids who read a story that suggested prejudice could change—that it can be shaped by individual experiences—were more interested in interacting with children of another race. The researchers conclude that their findings highlight a promising way of “sustaining positive interracial relationships during a […]

New study explores the effects of white mentors’ beliefs about discrimination

Simpson, S. B., Hsu, T., & Raposa, E. B. (2023). Trajectories and impact of White mentors’ beliefs about racial and ethnic discrimination in a formal youth mentoring program. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12664 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Evidence indicates that American mentoring programs are more accessible and less stigmatizing for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, […]

Large new study highlights inequality in access to important adults.

Hagler, M. A., & Poon, C. Y. S. (2023). Contextual antecedents and well-being indicators associated with children’s and adolescents’ access to supportive nonparent adults. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23016 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Evidence indicates that having supportive non-parent adults (SNPAs) correlates with a myriad of positive youth outcomes. Research shows that longer-lasting and […]