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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 […]

Black Children and Adolescents Can Achieve Greater Heights With Research-informed Policies and Practices

By Mavis Sanders, Joy Thompson, Kristen Harper, Child Trends Racial disparities in many indicators of child well-being (e.g., school suspension, suicide, exposure to violence, juvenile arrests) illustrate the need to improve Black children’s and adolescents’ experiences and outcomes across multiple domains, including education, health, child welfare, and criminal justice. However, to promote a deeper and […]

Integrating Positive Youth Development and Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Approaches Across the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

By Hannah Lantos, Tiffany Allen, Fadumo M. Abdi, Felipe Franco, Kristin Anderson Moore, Jasmine Snell, Billie-Ann Bruce, Zakia Redd, Rebecca Robuck, & Jennifer Miller, Child Trends Over the past 30 years, a growing body of research has indicated that Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches can improve mental and physical health, education, and employment outcomes for […]

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. […]

Boys & Girls Clubs Of America And National CARES Mentoring Movement Rally Together To Provide Hope For Youth In Crisis

By Boys and Girls Clubs of America The National CARES Mentoring Movement and Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently announced their collaboration to make resources and support more accessible for youth and adolescents who are disproportionately struggling from the pandemic.  For the first phase of their partnership, both organizations are planning to work together […]

COVID Virtual Learning Offers Lessons on Promoting Equity in Early Care and Education Settings

By Manica F. Ramos, Child Trends The COVID-19 pandemic has become, essentially, a large-scale case study in which we are all involved, whether we like it or not. Nowhere is this reality more apparent than in the shift to remote learning, especially when it impacts very young children and families from under-resourced communities who are […]

Leaders Say Youth Organizations Have Role During Protests

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Originally posted May 30, 2020 As protests erupt in cities across the nation following George Floyd’s death in police custody, youth-serving agencies appear to have a similar view of their role. Their job is to support young people, provide safe space for them and, in many cases, bring their voices and experiences […]

What’s Worrying Teenagers Right Now

By Ana Homayoun, New York Times Published June 11, 2020; Updated June 18, 2020 According to Nancy Lublin, the chief executive and co-founder of Crisis Text Line, a free mental health texting service providing confidential crisis intervention, the top three topics in conversations since the pandemic began have been “anxiety,” “depression” and “relationships.” But in the past […]

Resources for mentors around race, inclusion, and cultural respect

By MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Americans are increasingly battling to dismantle racism and systemic oppression, and our young people are on the front lines fighting for their lives to matter. Mentors are uniquely poised to support youth during this time, but have to enter into relationships with humility, including self-awareness, discovery, and understanding of […]

Racial Equity: How You Can Help Youth Ignite Positive Social Change

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Roots of Action Protests over the murder of George Floyd and the senseless deaths of so many African Americans question our integrity and remind us that the struggle for racial equity is never-ending. I was a college student during the protests of the 1960’s. Photos like this one pushed me out of […]