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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 […]

How political views and religious affiliations connect to peoples’ opinions on supporting youth mentoring

Hagler, M., McQuilin, S., Rhodes, J. (2019). Ideological profiles of US adults and their support for youth mentoring. J Community Psychology, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22247 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study, conducted by members of our very own Center for Evidence Based Mentoring, looked at how political affiliations and religious beliefs in adults […]

Moving toward critical mentoring: Social justice trainings as a starting place

By Amy J. Anderson Over the past few years, I have been involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a multiracial coalition of individuals who support social movements led by people of color. As a white woman, I wanted to not only learn more about my own role in racial justice, but also engage […]

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 […]

New study explores how teenagers understand inequality

By Connie Flanagan (originally posted at http://wtgrantfoundation.org/) Young people’s ideas about economic inequality have received scant attention in research despite the fact that we now have several generations for whom an unequal society with an eroding safety net is the world they’ve known. To gain some insights into teenagers’ theories about inequality, my colleagues and I […]