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Talking to Your Children About Asian Hate

By Betty Wang, MD, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds  Over the last year, there have been very disturbing reports and videos of hate and violence towards the Asian community. As a Chinese American, these events have left me with a sense of increased vulnerability for myself, my family, and my community. It can […]

How to talk to children about difficult news

By the American Psychological Association Assisted by Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D.  Children’s lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the “bad things” away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. […]

How Racism Can Affect Child Development

By the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University  Years of scientific study have shown us that, when children’s stress response systems remain activated at high levels for long periods, it can have a significant wear-and-tear effect on their developing brains and other biological systems. This can have lifelong effects on learning, behavior, and both […]

[Webinar] Living United for Racial Equity and Social Justice

Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST United Way has been utilizing partnerships in order to identify issues and implement change in communities for over 125 years. Given the detrimental effects structural racism and COVID-19 has had (and continues to have) on communities across the United States, United Way leaders from […]

How African American boys and young men cope and adapt to racial and socioeconomic stressors through research

Barbarin, O. A., Tolan, P. H., Gaylord-Harden, N., & Murry, V. (2020). Promoting social justice for African-American boys and young men through research and intervention: A challenge for developmental science. Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 196–207. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2019.1702880 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is a lot of evidence that proves how detrimental racism and being […]

[Webinar] National Conversations: Race, Relationships and Resources

Big Brothers Big Sisters and special guests from the National Urban League and Mindset Strategies are teaming up to present National Conversations: Race, Relationships, and Resources webinar series, debuting August 6th at 4 PM EST. Join us live on the BBBSA Facebook page, as we discuss ways to dismantle racial inequities that affect our youth. #BiggerTogether […]

7 ways American racism is alive and well today

By Sandra Feter, Futurity Racism is a deeply American problem and, based on a review of prior research, there are seven factors contributing to racism in the US today, researchers argue in a new paper. “People often define racism as disliking or mistreating others on the basis of race. That definition is wrong,” says coauthor […]

How natural mentors help youth develop strong racial identities: Implications for school success

Child Development, 83 (4), 1196-1212. Natural mentors as key factors in promoting both racial identity and educational attainment among African American teens Problem: Great disparities in educational attainment exist between White and African American students. These differences can lead to increased rates of unemployment, poverty, and mental and physical health problems in comparison to Whites […]

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 […]

Grit, John Henryism, and the hidden toll of promoting “character” over social justice

By Joan Brasher-Vanderbilt Past research shows that black college students draw on “grit”—mental toughness and perseverance—to achieve in predominantly white academic institutions. But a new study says that idea fails to recognize an emerging mental health crisis for these students. “Weathering the cumulative effects of living in a society characterized by white dominance and privilege […]