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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 […]

Say it Loud: Black Pride is Mental Health

By Matthew Hobson, International Youth Foundation During Black History Month, IYF is highlighting issues and elevating voices around Black mental health and wellbeing. In Baltimore, a project called the Healing Youth Alliance equips young people in the city with the training, knowledge, and support they need to be champions for mental health and healing in […]

[Webinar] Maximizing Youth Voice in Mentoring: A Youth-Led Discussion

  Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020, 1 PM – 2:15 PM EST This month’s MENTOR webinar will open up space for mentees to share their own experiences, insights, and advice. The goal of this event is to help mentors and mentoring professionals to better understand mentee needs, as well as to learn how to build […]

America Promise’s #ListenToYouth campaign offers tips for connecting online

By Margarida Celestino, America’s Promise Alliance  This piece is part of “Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth,” a four-week series produced in collaboration with The 74 to elevate student voices in the national conversation as schools and districts navigate how to educate our country’s youth in a global pandemic. In this series, students write open letters to […]

Here’s How to Make Youth-adult Partnership Work

By Laura Furr, Youth Today How different would today look if people most affected by decisions held equal power in making those decisions?  If public health decision-makers included Black, Indigenous and Latinx patients who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and suffer the effects of racially biased health care? If police accountability review boards, prosecutor’s offices […]

[Webinar] Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People

  Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET On December 2nd, the American Youth Policy Forum’s (AYPF)  is going to host a webinar that will feature the stories and talents of system-involved youth. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch performances of young artists; enjoy a special guest appearance; and participate in a […]

Centering Youth Voice: School Climate & Culture in the Middle Grades

By Dr. Dimelza Gonzales-Flores, UVA Curry Youth-NEX This blog post is the third in a series of three from the Remaking Middle School initiative. See the first post from the Research to Practice Design Team and the second post from the Professional Learning & Development Design Team Highlights:  The middle school years represent an optimal […]

Youth Awakening: Leveraging Mentoring as Young People Collaborate on Advocacy

By Grace Thwin, Youth Advocate for Mentoring, MENTOR National and PACA Founder As COVID-19 progressed, youth in our country noticeably felt more powerless among the economic and health disparities impacting their communities. On top of that, as xenophobic, anti-black, and other racial and ethnic justice issues rose to light, many young people saw a spark […]

How youth voices can help us keep kids away from the juvenile justice system

By Brandon Griggs, Youth Today Statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice illustrate a grim reality for the outcomes of most individuals who have ever gone through the juvenile court system as teens or even younger. Not only are they far more likely to be incarcerated again than adults, with recidivism rates for young offenders […]