Youth Development Today is a monthly newsletter focused on youth well-being and student success. Each issue offers a balanced collection of practice-based insights, academic research, and grey literature.
Based on youth workshops held across Canada, this report highlights the key factors that Canadian youth consider critical to their well-being. They include health, relationships, belonging, equity, and engagement.
UNICEF Canada conducted the workshops and developed the report to better understand why Canada currently ranks 25th out of 41 rich nations in overall child well-being. Alli Truesdell, UNICEF Canada’s Youth Participation Lead, said that the organization is driven by the need to “better understand why that is and do more to become the country that truly reflects our shared Canadian values.”
This very comprehensive overview of research on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) offers an accessible summary for educators and parents. In a four-part series, the authors define SEL, review some of the possible learning outcomes associated with its use, outline recommendations for implementing SEL, and offer a comprehensive annotated bibliography.
According to this study, close friendships during high school are associated with better mental health in young adulthood. These types of friendships have a much better impact on mental health later in life than broader social popularity.
Research findings suggest that “forming strong close friendships is likely one of the most critical pieces of the teenage social experience. Being well-liked by a large group of people cannot take the place of forging deep, supportive friendships.”
This diagram shows six thought bubbles that link to articles relating to teenage brain development. The topics include behavioural problems, the effect of hormones, and the teenage brain’s increased vulnerability to drug abuse and psychiatric disorders.
This short article by the Search Institute highlights 8 practical techniques to use with struggling students to help improve their long-term learning outcomes and encourage a growth mindset. The article also includes a link to download a related classroom activity and worksheets.
The Finnish tradition of scheduling outdoor recess between 45-minute classes may be one of the reasons why Finnish children perform well on international tests. Neuroscience studies have shown that exercise can have a positive impact on school achievement. Even a short active break can activate the brain for 45 minutes of optimal learning.
Effective social emotional programs for children can increase the number of productive, well-adjusted adults, and yield impressive societal and economic benefits. Young people who develop strong social emotional skills tend to lead healthy lives and avoid risky behaviours that can contribute to physical and mental health problems, substance abuse, delinquency, and crime.
Youth Development Today is a monthly newsletter focused on youth well-being and student success. Each issue features 5 to 10 current resources on youth development, and offers a healthy mix of academic research, practice-based insights, and grey literature.