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Featured Research

Here we showcase a sample of current research conducted within and about communities.

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Kids Need More from School? Utilize Assistant Teachers!

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags:
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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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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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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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What is Life Like in an Immigrant Detention Center?

Posted in: Marginalized Groups, Public Policy, Sense of Community | Tags:
The inhumanity of detention has far reaching effects on communities outside of the detention facility.

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Teach the Children Well: Social Justice in College Predicts Preference for Socially Responsible Jobs

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Taking a social justice focused course or participating in extracurricular volunteering made it more likely for students to want to work for a socially responsible company.

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Why Chatting with your Best Friend about how much Fun you had at the Party is Good for You and Your Community’s Health

Posted in: Prevention Science, Sense of Community | Tags:
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How much people experience and share positive experiences varies day-to-day.and translating these experiences to resilient cognition differs person-to-person.

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Untested Rape Kits…Why?

Posted in: Criminal Justice | Tags:
In 2009, approximately 11,000 sexual assault kits (also called “rape kits”) were found in a remote police property storage facility in Detroit, Michigan. The vast majority of these kits had never been tested by a crime laboratory for forensic DNA evidence. This meant that about 11,000 rape victims had sexual assault kits collected at a […]

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Preventing Human Trafficking Using Data-driven, Community-based Strategies

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A policy brief developed by the Research-to-Policy Collaboration with support from the Society for Community Research and Action. Approximately 40 million people worldwide, including many in the United States, are estimated to be victims of human trafficking — a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control both adults […]

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The Effects of Deportation on Families and Communities

Posted in: Aging, Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy | Tags:
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Deportation has numerous detrimental impacts on individuals who are deported, and on the families and communities they are forced to leave behind. This policy statement reviews the empirical literature to describe the effects of deportation on the individual, families, and the broader community, in order to inform policy and practice recommendations.

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