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Even With a Vaccine, It Takes a Village To Get Kids Back To School

By Artis Stevens, Black Enterprise As parents, families, and communities nationwide prepare to send children back to school, there is still uncertainty and obvious questions about our preparedness. Watch any news program, read most online articles and the majority of headlines, rightfully so, center on vaccinations and keeping our kids safe and healthy. And yet, […]

A novel mental health service-delivery framework: Integrating multi-tiered systems of support and community-based mentoring programs

Hart, M. J., Flitner, A. M., Kornbluh, M. E., Thompson, D. C., Davis, A. L., Lanza-Gregory, J., McQuillin, S. D., Gonzalez, J. E., & Strait, G. G. (2021). Combining MTSS and Community-Based Mentoring Programs. School Psychology Review. Summarized by Ariel Ervin https://doi.org/10.1080/2372966X.2021.1922937 Notes of Interest:  Although American schools offer mental health services for youths, they are limited […]

New study explores how COVID-19 affected mentors and mentees

Kaufman, M. R., Wright, K., Simon, J., Edwards, G., Thrul, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). Mentoring in the Time of COVID-19: An Analysis of Online Focus Groups with Mentors to Youth. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12543 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The pandemic has had (and continues to have) a detrimental impact on […]

Can after-school programs foster positive youth development? New study has answers

Goodman, A. C., Ouellette, R. R., D’Agostino, E. M., Hansen, E., Lee, T., & Frazier, S. L. (2021). Promoting healthy trajectories for urban middle school youth through county-funded, parks-based after-school programming. Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22587 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Early adolescence is a critical time where risky decisions can lead to consequences, especially […]

2021 Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring

The 13th annual and 2nd virtual Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring will focus on the theme of mentoring and mental health, exploring how mentoring supports the mental health of young people and discussing strategies for effectively mentoring youth with mental health needs. Online sessions will feature leading scholars and will include time for participants to […]

Talking to Your Children About Asian Hate

By Betty Wang, MD, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds  Over the last year, there have been very disturbing reports and videos of hate and violence towards the Asian community. As a Chinese American, these events have left me with a sense of increased vulnerability for myself, my family, and my community. It can […]

How to Help Your Adolescent Think About the Last Year

Hint: It’s not a “lost year.” Also, the screen time with friends? It’s good for their mental health. By Judith Warner, The New York Times 2020 was a hard year to get through. With remote learning, unemployment, losses of loved ones, and many other stressors, families have been struggling to juggle all of their responsibilities […]

Mentoring expert, Dr. Sam McQuillin, explains why school closings affect more than learning

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin For Samuel McQuillin, Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of South Carolina, the past year has pointed to the […]

40K Kids in the US may have lost a parent to COVID-19

Posted by Matt Swayne – Penn State, Futurity Approximately 40,000 children in the United States may have lost a parent to COVID-19 since February 2020, according to a statistical model. The researchers anticipate that without immediate interventions, the trauma from losing a parent could cast a shadow of mental health and economic problems well into […]

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. […]