Can after-school music-based mentoring programs improve academic outcomes for low-income students?

Holbrook, H. M., Martin, M., Glik, D., Hudziak, J. J., Copeland, W. E., Lund, C., & Fender, J. G. (2022). Music-based mentoring and academic improvement in high-poverty elementary schools. Journal of Youth Development, 17(1), 33–53. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The achievement gap between low-socioeconomic status (low-SES) students and their higher SES […]

Want to improve the Transition to College?: Teach Students How to Build Networks

By Dr. Janis Kupersmidt | May 1, 2017 (from Youth Today) The Connected Scholars program utilizes the old adage “Who you know is as important as what you know” to improve college transition experiences and graduation rates. In fact, many colleges struggle with low retention rates, in part, because students don’t feel connected to the […]

New study suggests that disadvantaged youth gain the most from mentoring

Thompson, R.B., Corsello, M., McReynolds, S., & Conklin-Powers, B. (2013). A longitudinal study of family socioeconomic status (SES) variables as predictors of socio-emotional resilience among mentored youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21 (4), 378-391. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2013.855864. Reviewed by Stella Kanchewa, doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, UMass Boston Problem: Many mentoring programs focus on […]

Supportive Role Models, Coping Lead to Better Health in Poor Teens

Low-income teenagers who have supportive role models and engage in adaptive strategies have lower levels of a marker for cardiovascular risk than low-income teens without such resources, according to a new study. The study, by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of British Columbia, was published in the journal Child Development. “Low socioeconomic status […]

Prevention, neurobiology, and children’s mental health

By Jean Rhodes In a recent New York Times article, Benjamin Fong wrote about psychology’s embrace of cognitive neuroscience, and the debates that surround the merits of the new large, federal investment in the Brain Initiative. After running through the arguments on both sides, he made an important point that is often overlooked but which […]