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Mentorship, Social Justice, and Paying It Forward: A Conversation With YO Ambassador Yessica

By Kelsea Johnson, International Youth Foundation Youth Opportunity Ambassador Yessica Pineda values mentorship because of the positive impact it’s had on her life. “One of the biggest challenges for me initially going into college was being a first-generation student. As much as my parents wanted to help me, there were barriers. I was lucky enough […]

[Webinar] Critical Youth Mentorship: A Youth Work Teach-In

Date: ​​Mon, January 31, 2022, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM EST Join MENTOR Canada and YouthREX in celebration of National Mentoring Month by attending two keynote panels and discussions regarding critical youth mentorship. In part 1 (11 AM to 12:30 PM ET), Dr. Jean Rhodes will reflect on the past and future of the mentoring […]

Youth at the Intersection of the Movement for Racial Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Daniel Fairley II, Youth NEX Highlights: I am the Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement in the City of Charlottesville. In my work, I identify and direct opportunity-youth toward targeted services, and liaison with agencies, schools, special interest groups and organizations serving at-risk youth, especially minority children and youth or any other […]

How does social justice and race equity training impact volunteer mentors’ cognitive and affective outcomes?

Anderson, A. J. & Sánchez, B. (2021). A Pilot Evaluation of a Social Justice and Race Equity Training for Volunteer Mentors. American Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ariel Ervin https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12541 Notes of Interest:  Although race, ethnicity, and culture are important subjects for mentors to get trained on, the literature on this subject is limited. This […]

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 […]