RHY Resources

Higher Education Is Still Worth It, Especially for Low-Income Students

A new article from Hechinger Report comments on the risks of avoiding college based on popular opinion that it isn’t a good investment. Though many now doubt a four-year degree will lead to good jobs and higher income, the fact remains that, for young people growing up in poverty or without family support, a college degree is the most reliable path to upward economic mobility. The author describes strategies for reducing financial risks and maximizing long-term benefits of college for young people.

Download the full report at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/emerging-strategies-for-engaging-young-people.pdf

 

Improving Mental Health Systems for Transition-age Youth

A recent interview with therapist Patricia Cobb-Richardson highlights the importance of trauma-informed care for transition-age youth experiencing mental health issues. Posted by Psychology Today, the transcript describes Cobb-Richardson’s insight into how mental health systems can be better designed to meet the needs of youth and young adults, including examples of youth-driven innovative approaches to integrated care in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Read the interview at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dangerous-ideas/201904/interview-trauma-informed-care-transition-age-youth?eml

 

The Positive Power of Youth Organizing

The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing aims to promote leadership development among young people of color and youth living in poverty by supporting youth-led social justice initiatives. FCYO’s website features video interviews with young organizers describing ways that involvement impacted their communities and personal development, as well as organizing toolkits and related research.

Find free resources at https://fcyo.org/info/youth-organizing/

 

Mental Health Risks for RHY in New York City

This blog post from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness reports on the mental health status of homeless high school students in NYC. Among NYC high schoolers experiencing homelessness, 50% report depression and 32% report self-harm behavior. Those living in shelters were most at-risk of hurting themselves—50% of sheltered youth reported attempting suicide.

Read more details and discussion about the data at https://www.icphusa.org/blog/mentalhealth19/

 

Famous Faces Help Destigmatize Mental Health Disorders

In May 2019 Child Mind Institute launched its #MyYoungerSelf campaign, featuring over 100 video messages from athletes, actors, musicians, journalists and other influencers discussing their personal experiences with learning and mental health disorders. The goal of the campaign is to counter stigma and fear associated with mental health and learning challenges.

Learn about the campaign and view videos at https://childmind.org/myyoungerself/

 

 
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