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Managing attention and distractibility in online learning

“Managing attention and distractibility in online learning”.  Research-backed answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding attention and distractibility in the virtual classroom. By Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, American Psychological Association This year, as COVID-19 disrupted traditional K–12 education, even the most experienced teachers felt suddenly thrown back into their […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Launches New Podcast Series Focused on Opioid Abuse Prevention

Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching a new podcast on opioid abuse prevention this month. The goal of this 10-episode series is to help decrease opioid usage among youth, as well as provide support for individuals affected by opioid abuse within their personal lives. Various experts and professionals from Big Brother Big Sister, Caron Treatment […]

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 […]

What’s Worrying Teenagers Right Now

By Ana Homayoun, New York Times Published June 11, 2020; Updated June 18, 2020 According to Nancy Lublin, the chief executive and co-founder of Crisis Text Line, a free mental health texting service providing confidential crisis intervention, the top three topics in conversations since the pandemic began have been “anxiety,” “depression” and “relationships.” But in the past […]

[Webinar] Team transition! Mentoring youth in the transition from foster care to adult life

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 – 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time Description: The transition to adulthood represents a critical moment in the lives of youth involved in foster care. Support from caring peers and adults can make all the difference between a transition with dire circumstances or one in which a young person can […]

Urge Congress to prioritize young people in the COVID-19 response

A call to action from MENTOR: “Right now, across the country, mentoring programs are adjusting their services to continue to meet the needs of young people during this pandemic while following guidance from health professionals. We know all too well that youth often feel the brunt of national emergencies and we must call upon our […]

7 ways American racism is alive and well today

By Sandra Feter, Futurity Racism is a deeply American problem and, based on a review of prior research, there are seven factors contributing to racism in the US today, researchers argue in a new paper. “People often define racism as disliking or mistreating others on the basis of race. That definition is wrong,” says coauthor […]

How mentors and mentoring programs can support mentees’ ethnic/racial identity

By Bernadette Sánchez & Aerika Brittian Loyd  In light of recent media coverage on murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd (and many others) and the resulting protests across the nation, supporting the positive ethnic/racial identity of youth of color, especially Black youth, is more urgent than ever. The senseless killing of Black […]

New study on barriers to forming natural mentoring relationships in Latinx youth

Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y., Sánchez, B., & Smith Carter, J. (2020). Developing natural mentoring relationships among latinx youth: the roles of trust in adults and stressors. Applied Developmental Science, 1-12. Summarized by Cyanea Poon   Notes of Interest: Latinx youth face social inequalities that may impede them from becoming adults who can achieve their educational and career […]