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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Launches New Podcast Series Focused on Opioid Abuse Prevention

Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching a new podcast on opioid abuse prevention this month. The goal of this 10-episode series is to help decrease opioid usage among youth, as well as provide support for individuals affected by opioid abuse within their personal lives. Various experts and professionals from Big Brother Big Sister, Caron Treatment […]

After-school Is Urgently Needed During the Great Pandemic to Build Resilience, Relationships

By Gil Noam, Youth Today Most schools around the country are still scrambling to get into this school year. States and local districts are continuously updating their decisions — a trend that we’ll see throughout the academic year. That creates an enormous uncertainty not only for schools but also for the out-of-school time field. In […]

Strengthening empowerment and resilience for refugees in southern spain  

Paloma, V., Morena, I. de la, Sladkova, J., & López‐Torres, C. (2020). A peer support and peer mentoring approach to enhancing resilience and empowerment among refugees settled in southern Spain. Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a), 1-14.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22338 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  As of 2018, Spain received more applications for asylum than ever before, making […]

How disadvantaged students manage to get to and through college

Meloy, M., Curtis, K., Tucker, S., Previ, B., Storrod, M. L., Gordon, G., … Delacruz, M. (2018). Surviving All the Way to College: Pathways Out of One of America’s Most Crime Ridden Cities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518789899 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: What helps someone be resilient to the many difficulties they […]

Three tips that can help you foster – and maintain – resilience in your mentee

Written by Justin Preston & Renée Klein Schaarsberg To quote Benjamin Franklin, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” It is a phrase that has become a truism over time, but it could fairly be said that Franklin was not quite exhaustive in his list of certainties. Beyond […]

Navigating internet risks: Mentors can help show the way

Written by Matt Swayne The online world is full of risky situations for teens, but allowing them to gradually build their own coping strategies may be a better parental strategy than forbidding internet use, according to a team of researchers. The researchers, who monitored web-based diaries of a group of 68 teen internet users during […]

In Katrina’s Aftermath, Psychologists Find Trauma As Well As Resilience

“Natural disasters and other traumatic events could be engines of growth.” Carolyn Gregoire Senior Health + Science Writer, The Huffington Post Posted: 08/26/2015 10:31 AM EDT CREDIT: MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, forcing more than half a million residents to flee, psychologists are investigating the mental and […]

Cultivating a willingness to try, fail, and try again in youth

by Junlei Li  (The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media) I am anxious and frustrated.  My palm is sweating, my face red with indignation.  Next to me sits my bemused family pal, less than half my age, watching me stumble on the way to inevitable demise.  We are playing his game, and he […]

On the Trail of the Orchid Child

One genetic variant leads to the best and worst outcomes in kids By Wray Herbert (Scientific American) SCIENTIFIC PAPERS tend to be loaded with statistics and jargon, so it is always a delightful surprise to stumble on a nugget of poetry in an otherwise technical report. So it was with a 2005 paper in the journal Development […]

Three great new videos explain the science of resilience

Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an adaptive response to serious hardship. A better understanding of why some children do well […]