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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 […]

What’s lost when black children are socialized into a white world

Dani McClain, The Atlantic  I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome. Jessica Black is a Pittsburg, California, mother of two black teenagers, both of whom have been disciplined multiple times at their middle and high schools. […]

New study: Doing good for other people is contagious

By UT Austin, Futurity Seeing someone do something good for someone else motivates people to perform their own helpful acts, researchers report. The finding could help drive cooperative behavior in communities navigating through the health crisis. In their new study, researchers confirmed that people can be heavily influenced by others, especially when it comes to taking on […]

Research highlights the importance of peer mentoring for youth offenders

Creaney, S. (2020) Children’s Voices—are we Listening? Progressing Peer Mentoring in the Youth Justice System, Child Care in Practice, 26:1, 22-37, DOI:10.1080/13575279.2018.1521381 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although there is evidence that indicates the importance and effectiveness of mentoring, there is still a lack of empirical research on peer mentoring within the Youth Justice System […]

The serious business of play

By Rebecca A. Clay, APA The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to encourage unstructured play and promote children’s healthy development, psychologists say. Guides for parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic are full of advice about how to help children navigate the transition to virtual classes, how to keep children busy and avoid boredom, and why schedules […]

Enhancing online learning

By Ashley Abramson, APA The COVID-19 pandemic has moved education online for most students. Psychologists are offering ways to maximize that shift Many instructors were on spring break when they learned their schools were closing to stop the spread of the coronavirus—and they had less than a week to move all their course content online. […]

Ways to support your graduating senior in 2020

By Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Today’s high school seniors were born in the midst of 9/11 and will graduate during COVID-19, an unprecedented time in our history. For many Boys & Girls Clubs kids and teens, the days in between have been equally uncertain. Although, for some, […]

The power of the pause: Helping your child learn about mindfulness in this stressful time

By Frank Sileo, Magination Press Family Families all over the world are experiencing increased stress and anxiety. As we all practice social distancing, our daily routines have been disrupted. While this is stressful, it also provides an opportunity to slow down, to pause, and learn new coping strategies. The post below explores the power of […]

Why teens may never be the same after the pandemic

By Scottie Andrew, There will be no graduation for the Class of 2020 — at least not one that would’ve forced seniors to wake up early and file into an auditorium with their peers, dressed in flimsy gowns and caps they’ve been told they can’t throw. Prom is canceled, too — so the budget that […]