Youth of Color
Youth in high poverty communities face significant obstacles. Our work explores the depth of the disadvantaged youth problem in some of the nation's most challenged communities, with particular emphasis on youth of color. We highlight data on youth risk and outcomes in poor communities, elevate sound policy changes to benefit this population, and help communities to take advantage of opportunities at the federal and state level to expand and coordinate services.
Keeping youth on track and broadening their future opportunities requires flexible federal and state policies, adequate funding to meet immense need, and a community-wide approach to implementation that is attentive to the varied needs of a heterogeneous population. Young males of color, in particular, need targeted supports that are both robust and culturally relevant. Establishing a common goal for all youth and coordinating resources and systems to support all aspects of their development will put more young people on a path to solid education, meaningful careers, and eventual self-sufficiency. Being intentional about strategies to successfully reach and serve youth of color ensures that the system meets the needs of all youth in the community equitably.
Jun 5, 2017 | PERMALINK »
Go-Throughs to Get Through: New report and infographics foreground the mental health experiences of young adults living in poverty
Young adults living in poverty face high exposure to “go throughs”: lived experiences of structural disadvantage and trauma with lasting implications for educational, economic, and other life outcomes. They frequently “get through” these challenges without formal mental health supports, relying on community-based programs and peer networks to cope with their experiences.
“Everybody Got Their Go Throughs”: Young Adults on the Frontlines of Mental Health summarizes findings from focus groups and analysis of data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The accompanying infographics visually represent young adults’ understanding of mental health and provide an overview of the national data included in the report.
The report’s major findings are a call to action, underlining the importance of an assets-based approach to mental health supports for youth and young adults. Such an approach recognizes and validates strengths, resilience, and young adults’ drive to fully achieve their education, employment, and life goals.
In the context of the current federal health care fight, “Everybody Got Their Go Throughs” highlights the racial and economic justice implications of the Medicaid expansion and full implementation of the mental health parity and prevention provisions of the Affordable Care Act for low-income young adults. Beyond the current political moment, the report also outlines a set of principles for framing mental health policy and practice.
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- CLASP Youth Team | Mar 25, 2014 Improving Education Outcomes for African American Youth: Issues for Consideration and Discussion
- Zane Jennings and Kisha Bird | Jan 17, 2014 The High Cost of Youth Unemployment
- Kisha Bird | Jun 28, 2013 Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Lower Court
- Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant | Jun 10, 2013 Education, Employment, and Health Outcomes for Black Boys and Young Men: Opportunities for Research and Advocacy Collaboration
- Nia West-Bey and Jessica Gehr | Jun 21, 2017 Health Justice Fact Sheet
- CLASP | Jun 16, 2017 Requests for Comments: Collateral Consequences
- Nia West-Bey and Stephanie Flores | Jun 05, 2017 "Everybody Got Their Go Throughs"
- Nia West-Bey and Stephanie Flores | Jun 05, 2017 Go-Throughs to Get Through: New report and infographics foreground the mental health experiences of young adults living in poverty
- Nia West-Bey | Jun 05, 2017 Infographic: Mental Health Defined - Go Throughs to Get Through