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Race, Racism, and Relationships: What Matters for Teens’ Mental Health?

By Jessica Stern, YouthNEX Think back to your teenage years: Was it a happy time in your life, or did you struggle with feelings of depression? Did you lean on your close friends or family members for support, or did you deal with your feelings by yourself? And did you ever experience racial discrimination in […]

Bridging the Mental Health Care Gap for Black Children Requires a Focus on Racial Equity and Access

By Fadumo M. Abdi & Mavis Sanders, Child Trends  Black children and families in the United States experience direct, indirect, and intergenerationally transmitted stressors that result from systemic racism, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to pre-COVID mental and emotional health outcomes, data since the onset of the pandemic show […]

LGBTQ+ Youth Need Your Support

By Lamont Bryant, Youth NEX Highlights: June is Pride month, and as we celebrate our LGBTQ+IA2+ communities, we should also recognize that this current moment is a turning point from a policy perspective. We need to support LGBTQ+ youth socially and recognize the intersection of youths’ race, sexuality, and gender identity. In this blog, read […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Torie Weiston-Serdan on Critical Mentoring

Written by Vera van den Berg  Torie Weiston-Serdan is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network— a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mentoring. Moreover, Torie Weiston-Serdan is the author of “Critical mentoring: A practical guide”. She examines how marginalized and minority youth are served by mentoring and mentoring organizations. Critical mentoring, central to […]

Addressing Racial Equity Can Boost Well-being Among School Staff and Students of Color

By Esther Gross, Sarah Her, Mavis Sanders, Kristen Harper, & Brandon Stratford, Child Trends Longstanding patterns of racial and ethnic discrimination, both inside and outside of schools, may negatively impact the well-being of school staff of color and contribute to higher rates of attrition than among their White counterparts—a problem the pandemic may be exacerbating. […]

Youth at the Intersection of the Movement for Racial Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Daniel Fairley II, Youth NEX Highlights: I am the Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement in the City of Charlottesville. In my work, I identify and direct opportunity-youth toward targeted services, and liaison with agencies, schools, special interest groups and organizations serving at-risk youth, especially minority children and youth or any other […]

How does social justice and race equity training impact volunteer mentors’ cognitive and affective outcomes?

Anderson, A. J. & Sánchez, B. (2021). A Pilot Evaluation of a Social Justice and Race Equity Training for Volunteer Mentors. American Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ariel Ervin https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12541 Notes of Interest:  Although race, ethnicity, and culture are important subjects for mentors to get trained on, the literature on this subject is limited. This […]

In their own words: What young people of colour want in mentors

The real test of racial justice is to see diversity in leadership, but nurturing new leaders takes time By Winnie Lui, Broadview In the wake of racially-charged events of 2020, many organizations have pledged to address racial justice. Some, such as the National Basketball Association, have used their clout to make bold statements. The real […]

[Webinar] The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021, 1 PM EST Join Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSA) on February 26, 2021, for a conversation with Artis Stevens (the President & CEO of BBBSA), Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA 2019 & BBBSA National Board member), and Dr. Nia Imani Fields (Maryland 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director of University of […]

The impact child welfare parent mentoring programs have in reducing racial disparities

Soffer-Elnekave, R., Haight, W., & Jader, B. (2020). Parent mentoring relationships as a vehicle for reducing racial disparities: Experiences of child welfare-involved parents, mentors and professionals. Children and Youth Services Review, 109, 104682. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104682 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Many parents experience multiple stressors when they enter into and try to navigate in the child welfare […]