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With an emphasis on equity and inclusion, this white paper outlines promising practices for engaging families in STEM as a means of increasing youth participation and retention in STEM pathways. Parents play a critical role in engaging youth in STEM activities and careers, especially for girls, youth of color, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities.
This report aims to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children from one that overemphasizes limitations and deficits to one that draws upon strengths, assets, and resilience.
This important report from the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development explores how the development of social emotional skills and competencies are essential for children and youth to thrive in school, career, and life.
This resource guide is designed to help community-based organizations (CBOs) understand and develop cultural competency—the ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. It offers a framework for understanding cultural competency, including sections such as: choosing interventions, conducting a needs assessment, workforce diversity, budgeting and costs for intervention.
This report highlights the importance of healthy, supportive relationships to positive youth outcomes.
This quality outcomes study of a summer program in Seattle Public Schools provides evaluative evidence for an instructional model that showed positive change in academic performance and high quality instructional practices.
This report provides a framework for understanding social and emotional learning (SEL). Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs can use it as a reference to compare the content and evidence of effectiveness of 25 SEL programs for elementary-age children. It includes a section on how to adapt SEL resources for Out-of-School Time Programs. This resource supports resilience.
This article defines parent engagement and why it benefits children, families, and afterschool programs. It provides 15 examples of promising practices. Sample outreach materials and parent surveys are included. This resource supports resilience.
This report is based on a study of 1,085 parents of children age 3-13. It suggests six changes in how schools, organizations, and networks engage families based on a framework of developmental relationships with five features: (1) express care; (2) challenge growth; (3) provide support, (4) share power, and (5) expand possibilities.
This study is focused on older youth aged 13-18; it shows that 1 in 10 young adults aged 18-25, and 1 in 30 youth aged 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or a guardian. At higher risk of homelessness are youth with mental health and substance use issues, as well as youth of color and LGBTQ youth. The report includes recommendations for prevention.