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Six best practices to maximize youth leadership in out-of-school time programs

Wu, J. H.-C., Shereda, A., Stacy, S. T., Weiss, J. K., & Heintschel, M. (2022). Maximizing youth leadership in out-of-school time programs: Six best practices from youth driven spaces. Journal of Youth Development, 17(3).  https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1179 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth-adult partnerships (Y-AP) are becoming a common approach to encouraging people to participate in youth […]

What factors promote positive youth development among Chinese youth?

Wang, Y., Li, X., Bronk, K. C., & Lin, D. (2022). Factors that promote positive Chinese youth development: A qualitative study. Applied Developmental Science, 0(0), 1–18.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2022.2060225 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the pervasive use of positive youth development (PYD) in western countries, there’s a lack of work on PYD in mainland China, […]

Access to Quality Youth Programs and the Role They Play in Positive Youth Development

By Search Institute High-quality youth programs are a foundation for success for young people, allowing them to discover and build on their strengths and identities. They foster positive youth development in myriad ways, creating spaces where young people are known, seen, and valued. In particular, opportunities to participate in the arts, sports, and conservation activities […]

Lessons learned from after-school program responses to COVID-19 in Spain

Morata, T., López, P., Palasí, E., Hodges, J. C., & Calvo, R. (2022). After-school programmes response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned from Barcelona, Spain. Child & Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12925 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  ​​ The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on youths’ academics and psychosocial well-being, particularly those from low-income […]

Supporting student success through joint decision-making in schools

Lyons, M. D., Edwards, K. D., & Fallavollita, W. L. (2021). Promoting mentoring relationships through joint decisions: Evidence from a national mentoring program. School Psychology, 36(4), 214–223. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000440 Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest: A strong mentor-mentee relationship is established through a personal and emotional connection with a nonfamilial adult. The quality of the […]

What makes an effective youth mentoring relationship?: An ecological framework

Chan, C. C. & Ho, W. C. (2018). An ecological framework for evaluating relationship-functional aspects of youth mentoring. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38(4), 837–867. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00329.x Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest: There has been a recent increase in the use of mentoring programs as a preventative strategy, such as youth violence. A majority […]

What qualities are needed for mentoring aboriginal youth in Australia?

Munday, J., & Rowley, J. (2022). Cultural collaboration: Mentor attributes needed when working with Aboriginal youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 30(3), 280–292.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2070992 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Mentoring is a promising intervention for aboriginal youth because it aligns with indigenous learning approaches & teachings. This is reinforced by findings that suggest […]

New study investigates the effectiveness of a peer-mentoring school intervention in the UK

Stapley, E., Town, R., Yoon, Y., Lereya, S. T., Farr, J., Turner, J., Barnes, N., & Deighton, J. (2022). A mixed methods evaluation of a peer mentoring intervention in a UK school setting: Perspectives from mentees and mentors. Children and Youth Services Review, 132, 106327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106327 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Peer support has become increasingly […]

Shapiro: In His State of the Union Address, President Biden Called on All Americans to Step Up for Students. Here Are 3 Places to Start

By David Shapiro (CEO of MENTOR), The74 Two years into the pandemic, the student mental health crisis is finally getting the attention it deserves. On the biggest stage in politics, President Joe Biden used part of his State of the Union address to call on all Americans to step up to support students affected by […]

Youth Programs: What Makes Them Effective?

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, Roots of Action Youth programs abound today, claiming numerous positive outcomes for adolescents. What tweens and teens learn in youth programs can help them develop better social skills, become leaders, gain greater knowledge of themselves, and foster lifelong relationships. But programs vary widely in quality. What makes youth programs effective? How […]