Child-focused Prevention

Mentoring: A Key Part of the Conversation at White House Summit

Mentoring: A Key Part of the Conversation at White House Summit

By: Noelle Hurd I am just returning from a day-long summit at the White House. The summit was sponsored by FLOTUS’s office and was titled Beating the Odds: Successful Strategies from Schools & Youth Agencies that Build Ladders of Opportunity. The summit was part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative(https://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher) which broadly focuses on […]

So you support your gay teen, great: You still have to parent (and mentor) them
By February 6, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

So you support your gay teen, great: You still have to parent (and mentor) them

By Terri Peters When gay teens come out to their parents, it’s an experience often rife with emotion and candor that can’t help but change the kid–parent dynamic. But experts say that processing a child’s proclamation of their sexuality is only the beginning of the journey for moms and dads. And while there are an […]

Guest Contributor Niobe Way: Why we should celebrate all mentors, male and female
By January 12, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

Guest Contributor Niobe Way: Why we should celebrate all mentors, male and female

by Niobe Way, Ed.D., Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at NYU and Author of Deep Secrets Matching boys with caring mentors should be the goal of any mentoring program regardless of the sex of the mentor. My research with Black, Latino, White, and Asian American boys over the past two decades indicates that boys want […]

Grit, John Henryism, and the hidden toll of promoting “character” over social justice
By January 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Grit, John Henryism, and the hidden toll of promoting “character” over social justice

By Joan Brasher-Vanderbilt Past research shows that black college students draw on “grit”—mental toughness and perseverance—to achieve in predominantly white academic institutions. But a new study says that idea fails to recognize an emerging mental health crisis for these students. “Weathering the cumulative effects of living in a society characterized by white dominance and privilege […]

Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color
By December 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Creating a Culturally Relevant Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

By Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D. Not too long ago, my colleagues and I created a mentoring program, called GirlPOWER!, for African American and Latina early adolescent girls. Our goal was to ensure that the program was gender specific as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. We created the program in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters […]

What is toxic stress and why does it matter for youth mentoring programs
By November 16, 2015 3 Comments Read More →

What is toxic stress and why does it matter for youth mentoring programs

  By Venessa Marks and Julie Novak This blog is part of a three-post series on toxic stress. The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, the second highlights what professional staff need to know about toxic stress, and the third discusses recent programmatic innovations related to toxic […]

Parents Aren’t Teachers — They’re Parents
By October 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Parents Aren’t Teachers — They’re Parents

Kent Pekel President and CEO, Search Institute At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children’s learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement […]

Why “there’s simply no real substitute for physical presence”
By September 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Why “there’s simply no real substitute for physical presence”

Editor’s Note: Many of us can relate to this thoughtful New York Times column by Frank Bruni (excerpted below) as he reflects on the value of long expanses of time with family and friends.As he notes, young people’s disclosures about important topics don’t always fit neatly into the designated meeting time. Together time provides more opportunities for them […]

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education
By August 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education

By ALFIE KOHN reposted from Salon.com One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).  Here’s the sentence: Kids tend to fare better when they regard intelligence and other abilities not as fixed traits that they either have or […]

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

BY MADELINE OSTRANDER For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin. Barrier Status: ‘none’ The brain’s foundation, frame, and walls are built in the womb. As an embryo grows into a fetus, some of its dividing cells turn into neurons, arranging themselves into layers and forming the first synapses, the […]