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It’s Who You Know That Matters: How capital mentoring relationships can promote economic mobility for marginalized youth

Gowdy, G., & Spencer, R. (2021). It’s Who You Know That Matters: Identifying Which Type of Informal Mentor Is Most Likely to Promote Economic Mobility for Vulnerable Youth. The Journal of Primary Prevention. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-021-00630-7 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence has shown that youths who grow up in poverty (especially children of color) have […]

How Racism Can Affect Child Development

By the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University  Years of scientific study have shown us that, when children’s stress response systems remain activated at high levels for long periods, it can have a significant wear-and-tear effect on their developing brains and other biological systems. This can have lifelong effects on learning, behavior, and both […]

Rising Stars and Underdogs: New study explores the role race and parental education in mentoring

Fruiht, V., Boeder, J., & Chan, T. (2021). Rising Stars and Underdogs: The Role Race and Parental Education Play in Predicting Mentorship. Youth & Society.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211004637 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Career mentoring research developed the rising star hypothesis, which proposes that youth who achieve individual success (academic & social success) are more […]

In their own words: What young people of colour want in mentors

The real test of racial justice is to see diversity in leadership, but nurturing new leaders takes time By Winnie Lui, Broadview In the wake of racially-charged events of 2020, many organizations have pledged to address racial justice. Some, such as the National Basketball Association, have used their clout to make bold statements. The real […]

In Rural Communities, COVID-19 Increases Healthy Development Challenges for Children of Color

By Faith Mitchell, Urban Institute In the midst of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that it has disproportionately affected Black, Latinx, and American Indian families and communities. Though lack of adequate data makes it impossible to gauge the full impact of the pandemic, there is also ample evidence of COVID-19’s […]

What contributes to positive youth development in youth of color?: New study has some answers

Bowers, E. P., Winburn, E. N., Sandoval, A. M., & Clanton, T. (2020). Culturally relevant strengths and positive development in high achieving youth of color. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 70, 101182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101182 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although the positive development of high-achieving youth of color has been connected to spirituality and critical reflection, […]

Leaders Say Youth Organizations Have Role During Protests

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today Originally posted May 30, 2020 As protests erupt in cities across the nation following George Floyd’s death in police custody, youth-serving agencies appear to have a similar view of their role. Their job is to support young people, provide safe space for them and, in many cases, bring their voices and experiences […]

New study on mentor support for ethnic-racial identity among girls of color

Sánchez, B., Pryce, J., Silverthorn, N., Deane, K. L., & DuBois, D. L. (2018). Do mentor support for ethnic-racial identity and mentee cultural mistrust matter for girls of color? A preliminary investigation. Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology. doi:10.1037 /cdp0000213 Summarized by Cyanea Poon & Rachel Thompson Notes of Interest: When it comes to mentoring little is […]

Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

By Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D. Not too long ago, my colleagues and I created a mentoring program, called GirlPOWER!, for African American and Latina early adolescent girls. Our goal was to ensure that the program was gender specific as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. We created the program in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters […]

10 healthy strategies youth can use to cope with racial discrimination

By Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. A number of years ago, my colleagues David L. DuBois, Naida Silverthorn, and Julia Pryce, and I developed an evidence-based intervention curriculum, GirlPOWER!, for adolescent, African American and Latina female mentees and their adult female mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. I contributed to parts of the intervention […]