2016 | United States
Integrating positive youth development and clinical care to enhance mental health and improve high school graduation rates of young men of color
High school completion is one of the strongest predictors of health and well-being. There is increased public attention on the challenges faced by young people of color and educational achievement. In particular, young men of color must navigate myriad stressors which often undermine their mental health, as well as their academic performance, including likelihood of graduation from high school that fare worse in academic outcomes than their female counterparts. The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of Step-Up, a positive youth development and mental health promotion program, created in collaboration with young people of color on their high school achievement as measured by grade point average (GPA).
Parchment, T.M., Jones, J., Del-Villar, Z., Small, L., & McKay, M. (2016). Integrating positive youth development and clinical care to enhance mental health and improve high school graduation rates of young men of color. Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 15 Iss: 1, pp.50 – 62.