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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. […]

A field at a crossroad: how the bilateral framework can push the field forward

Cavell, T. A., Spencer, R., & McQuillin, S. D. (2021). Back to the Future: Mentoring as Means and End in Promoting Child Mental Health. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 0(0), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2021.1875327 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The mentoring field has reached a turning point where researchers and practitioners have to decide whether […]

Fostering Relationships During COVID-19

By Maria Duarte, American Youth Policy Forum   COVID-19 Impact Over the past year, COVID-19 has directly impacted the lives of millions of families across the world. Our daily routines have transformed, and our new “normal” is quite a different way of living. Specifically, vulnerable populations such as the global majority[1], elderly, children, and people […]

A National Agenda for Children’s Mental Health

By Jessica Dym Bartlett and Brandon Stratford, Child Trends The social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children and youth is a critical aspect of human development that lays the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many as one in five children had a diagnosed mental health disorder. While research […]