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Young adults are being hit hard by the pandemic

By Kassandra Martinchek, Urban Institute Roughly one-quarter of adults believe they are financially worse off now than at the beginning of the pandemic. However, not all generations have experienced the COVID-19 economic recession equally. In March and April, nearly 60 percent of Gen Z adults reported they or their families experienced job-related losses, and more […]

Building a Strong, Sustainable Future Requires a Foundation of Dialogue, Empathy and Inclusion

By Pavan Bhatia and Ashok Regmi, International Youth Foundation After the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, 2021, people across the globe will have, against the odds, made it through one of the most trying years of the 21st century. As that hour draws near, practitioners across fields—policymakers, health workers, educators, business leaders, and grassroots […]

Top child development researcher explains who COVID-19 jeopardizes Child Well-Being

By Anna Gassman-Pines, Ph.D. & Lisa A. Gennetian, Ph.D., Society for Research in Child Development Edited by Rebekah Levine Coley, Ph.D. Within just the first three months of the COVID-19 financial fallout, one in five children in the United States experienced the job loss of an adult in their household.1 As the pandemic continues and […]

Relationships with Caring Adults and Social and Emotional Strengths Are Related to High School Academic Achievement

By Vanessa Sacks, Rebecca M. Jones, Hannah Rackers, Zakia Redd, & Kristin Anderson Moore, Child Trends youthCONNECT is an integrated student supports initiative, developed by Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP), that is being implemented in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in partnership with the Prince George’s County government and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). At Suitland […]

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, […]

The Fear of Speaking Out About Mental Health Is Persistent. We Need to Reach Out to Each Other

By : Cecile Stone, 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 […]

Research-Policymaker COVID-19 Collaboration: Lessons from Boston’s Summer Jobs Program

By Loretta Goodwin, American Policy Forum How can research inform policy during a pandemic? In Spring 2020, Alicia Modestino, a professor at Northeastern University, and Midori Morikawa, Director of Business Strategy at the City of Boston, rose to the occasion. Their successful partnership and collaborative relationship helped to save and then expand Boston’s summer jobs […]

Actions to “Gift” Youth Experiencing Homelessness This Holiday Season

By Maria Duarte, American Youth Policy Forum Setting the Context Missed Opportunities, a first-of-its-kind report by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, found that 1 in 10 young adults ages 18-25 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period. Approximately 3.5 million young people are largely invisible to society. Particular subpopulations more likely […]

More After-school Suppers Are Key Support For Food-insecure Households, Report Says

By Stell Simonton, Youth Today More kids in after-school programs are getting an evening meal through the program, according to a recent report from Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). An additional 86,900 children received supper through the federal Afterschool Meals Program in October 2019 compared with October in the previous year — a 6.5% […]

[Webinar] Mental health and well-being of adolescents around the world during COVID-19

Date: Dec 10, 2020 10:00 AM CT  COVID-19 is having a huge impact on adolescents around the world. With the ongoing push for lockdowns, social distancing, and online/remote learning, the pandemic is taking a toll on peoples’ well-being. This webinar will present research on adolescent mental health from Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Click […]