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10 healthy strategies youth can use to cope with racial discrimination

10 healthy strategies youth can use to cope with racial discrimination

By Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. A number of years ago, my colleagues David L. DuBois, Naida Silverthorn, and Julia Pryce, and I developed an evidence-based intervention curriculum, GirlPOWER!, for adolescent, African American and Latina female mentees and their adult female mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. I contributed to parts of the intervention […]

Overcoming cultural mistrust in youth mentoring relationships

Overcoming cultural mistrust in youth mentoring relationships

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. Adolescents of color report experiencing racial discrimination by adults, and they report increasing levels of discrimination as they get older (Greene, Way, & Pahl, 2006). These chronic experiences of discrimination coupled with the recent high profile cases in which Black youth are murdered by police officers and citizens are reason enough […]

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

4 strategies (and 2 tools) to improve cultural competency in youth mentoring

by Bernadette Sánchez, PhD. How can we overcome cultural mistrust in mentoring relationships? (see related post) First, as staff get to know youth when they enter a mentoring program, it will be helpful to screen whether youth have cultural mistrust.  Practitioners can use this Cultural Mistrust Measure-Interpersonal Scale that we adapted to use with adolescents. This may […]

Encourage relationship building between youth & adults with these 10 youth-inspired changes to your organization’s environment

Encourage relationship building between youth & adults with these 10 youth-inspired changes to your organization’s environment

By Bernadette Sánchez, Tené Gray, and Elsa Rodriguez We have been working on a research project with Hive Chicago to understand relationship building between youth and adults. Hive Chicago is a diverse network of civic and cultural institutions that is focused on transforming the learning landscape by empowering youth and educators to enact Connected Learning. […]