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Building Welcoming Environments for Young People of Color

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation All young people should feel like they belong — that they are welcome and recognized as human beings with strengths, potential and aspirations. Yet, this isn’t a given for young people of color, whose culture, history and accomplishments are often absent or unrecognized by the people and places shaping […]

How “near-peer” relationships help young people develop social capital

By Ashley Boat, PhD, Search Institute Social capital matters. Greater access to social capital can benefit all young people as they work toward their education and career goals. Social capital consists of the resources that arise from a web of developmental relationships, which people can access and mobilize to help them improve their lives and […]

Show empathy and offer support gently: Tips for supporting students with mental health struggles.

Adolescents are readying for the next step in a seemingly endless set of challenges. Here’s how to help them regulate their emotions. By Lisa Damour, The New York Times Many young people are experiencing mixed feelings as they enter another school year that’s disrupted by the pandemic. In this article, Lisa Bamour shares some suggestions […]

Researchers Examine Benefits of Informal Mentoring for Young People

BUSSW doctoral program graduate Grace Gowdy (SSW’19) and professors Renée Spencer and Daniel P. Miller lead new research on characteristics associated with informal mentorship By Maura King Scully, Boston University School of Social Work “It takes a village to raise a child.” The African proverb, connoting the importance of adult involvement beyond parents for children’s […]

Five Ways Child Welfare Agencies Can Empower Young People

By The Annie E. Casey Foundation Young people with foster care experience know best what they need to heal, grow and thrive. As a result, it’s critical for child welfare leaders to enlist youth as integral partners in addressing their needs and planning for their future.  Staff from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey […]

How To Talk — And Listen — To A Teen With Mental Health Struggles

By Anya Kamenetz, NPR The pandemic is having a significant impact on youths’ mental health. With the loss of routines and milestones, many are struggling to cope.  This NPR podcast episode/article discusses some of the ways parents can help support teens and when teens should seek professional help.    To access the resource, please click here. […]

Building a Strong, Sustainable Future Requires a Foundation of Dialogue, Empathy and Inclusion

By Pavan Bhatia and Ashok Regmi, International Youth Foundation After the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, 2021, people across the globe will have, against the odds, made it through one of the most trying years of the 21st century. As that hour draws near, practitioners across fields—policymakers, health workers, educators, business leaders, and grassroots […]

New study examines the effectiveness of instrumental mentoring for young adults

Schenk, L., Sentse, M., Lenkens, M., Nagelhout, G. E., Engbersen, G., & Severiens, S. (2020).  Instrumental Mentoring for Young Adults: A Multi-Method Study. Journal of Adolescent  Research, 0743558420979123. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420979123 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is a limited amount of research on instrumental mentoring, where the mentor supports the mentee to accomplish […]

Reducing Student Vote Would Hurt Young People’s Well-being, Experts Say

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today The youth vote took center stage this week when a leaked video showed a Republican activist rejoicing that fewer college students might vote since many campuses were closed. Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, a youth nonprofit championing the free market and limited government, said the college student vote […]

How Learning Happens in a COVID-19 World

By Rachel Stephens-Murphy, America’s Promise Alliance In mid-March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In the weeks that followed, students’ in-school and out-of-school learning environments were dramatically upended, with the vast majority of students participating in some form of online learning at the time. Since that rapid shift, educators, school administrators, out-of-school […]