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Support matters! New study shows how stress and social support affect underrepresented students’ educational outcomes

Albright, J. N., & Hurd, N. M. (2021). Activism, social support, and trump-related distress: Exploring associations with mental health. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.  https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000316 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest:  The election of Donald Trump encouraged many college students to engage in activism.   While activism can be an empowering and meaningful experience, it can […]

This Could Be the Moment to Help the Poorest Among Us: Our Nation’s Children

The legislation, investments, and collaborative action we need By S. Paul Reville & John B. King Jr., EducationWeek Across our nation, getting to a place where every child has the opportunity to thrive requires work both inside and outside of schools with whole communities involved. In the wealthiest nation on earth, it seems ridiculous to […]

How do natural mentors support diverse college students’ critical consciousness?

Monjaras‐Gaytan, L. Y., Sánchez, B., Anderson, A. J., Garcia‐Murillo, Y., McGarity‐Palmer, R., Reyes, W. de los, Catlett, B. S., & Liao, C. L. (2021). Act, Talk, Reflect, Then Act: The Role of Natural Mentors in The Critical Consciousness of Ethnically/Racially Diverse College Students. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12517 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth have […]

[Webinar] Caregiver Engagement: A Key to Quality Mentoring and Social Justice

Date: Apr 15, 2021 01:00 PM EST Although familial adult figures have influential roles in quality youth mentoring matches and their children’s futures, parents, guardians, & caregivers of color and those from working-class backgrounds are often excluded from mentoring programs.    This webinar highlights the detriments of devaluing marginalized parents & caregivers and discusses how this […]

Transformative SEL as a Lever for Equity & Social Justice

By the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)   CASEL is committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL’s definition and framework for SEL provides a foundation for all communities to use evidence-based SEL strategies to advance the goals of equity and excellence in ways that […]

Ways to promote social justice in developmental research for African American youth

Smith, C. D., & Lee, J. R. S. (2020). Advancing social justice and affirming humanity in developmental science research with African American boys and young men.  Applied Developmental Science, 24(3), 208–214.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2019.1630277 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Barbarin, Tolan, and Gaylord-Harden proposed a model of Adversity, Adaptation, and Positive Development of African American Boys […]

[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 […]

Youth Awakening: Leveraging Mentoring as Young People Collaborate on Advocacy

By Grace Thwin, Youth Advocate for Mentoring, MENTOR National and PACA Founder As COVID-19 progressed, youth in our country noticeably felt more powerless among the economic and health disparities impacting their communities. On top of that, as xenophobic, anti-black, and other racial and ethnic justice issues rose to light, many young people saw a spark […]

Recommendations for applying a social justice lens to youth mentoring

Albright, J. N., Hurd, N. M., & Hussain, S. B. (2017). Applying a Social Justice Lens to Youth Mentoring: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Practice. Society for Community Research and Action. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12143. Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of Interest The authors reviewed literature on youth mentoring initiatives that […]