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Children, Youth and Families

Children, youth, and families are members of many communities which may include neighborhoods, schools, and religious and civic groups. Community Psychologists study the interests of child and adolescents within these communities. Particular attention is paid to development in high risk contexts and especially the impact of urban poverty and community structures on child and family development.

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Inclusion and Collaborative Design: School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education
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Collaboration between school-based health centers and community nonprofits through a shared-staffing model provides organizational enhancement, assists in academic attainment, improves health outcomes, and affirms belonging, a crucial developmental attribute for historically marginalized youth.

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Faith and Black Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Prevention Science
Religion and religious institutions provide a wide range of resources including support to reduce sexual risk behavior.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood-Which One?

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
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Youth may define their neighborhood differently than where they reside and may feel greater community engagement and ownership in the neighborhood that hosts their activities. Interventions can more effectively target youth within their perceived community space.

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Creating Spaces for Young People to Collaborate

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Coalition Building | Tags:
Youth need support and guidance from skilled facilitators and adult facilitators need opportunities to engage in ongoing learning with their peers.

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Kids Need More from School? Utilize Assistant Teachers!

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education
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Communities across the United States are expanding early childhood education with the goal of promoting children’s development. Read more on how to improve ECE.

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Safe, Secure, and Loved: Parent Education

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Community-led parent education focused on managing parenting stress, clarifying parenting goals, and strengthening nurturing parenting can engage and mobilize a volunteer community workforce.

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Supporting After-School Staff and Programs

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Supporting staff can strengthen program quality and youth development. We recommend staff look for teachable moments that occur naturally during sports and recreation.

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Impact of Community Violence on Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Community violence impacts all youth, not just youth who are directly exposed to the violence.

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The Psychological Value of Activism

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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LGBTQ & GNC youth experience economic hardships and social stress in ways that continue to pose a threat to their health and well-being. Engaging in activist efforts can potentially improve their health in addition to furthering social change.

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Improving After-School Programming

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Sense of Community | Tags:
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We can improve the effectiveness of afterschool programs by setting high expectations for youth, encouraging staff teamwork and engagement, and providing opportunities for staff to personally identify with youth they are serving.

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