Calendar of Events

Youth-Nex hosts a series of events throughout the year, some that are open to the publics and others that are by invitation. Please see the calendar here for up to date information on each event. You can read more about the Youth-Nex opportunities on our events website or see a summary of this semester's events below.


Spring 2021 Event Summary

More information about these events, including presenter and topics, are available on our website. Below is a quick summary of dates, times, locations and downloadable iCal/Outlook links.

Talks, Panels & Webinars (open to all):

Friday February 5th, 2021 at 12 PM EST

  • Dr. Jean Rhodes, University of Massachusetts Boston, will be giving a talk.
  • Title: Older and Wiser: New Ideas for Youth Mentoring in the 21st Century (Watch Online)
  • Abstract: Although youth mentoring is one of the most popular and frequently suggested volunteer activities in the U.S., programs are not nearly as effective as most people assume. The results of hundreds of evaluations present a disappointing bottom line.Yet, because the term “mentoring” is so intuitively appealing, and because this approach has been backed by such powerful constituents—from former U.S. presidents to Wall Street executives and professional athletes—the field has been granted unusual license to improvise and avoid the consequences of disappointing findings. Programs could do much better. Yet most remain wedded to an outdated “friendship” model that has remained essentially unchanged since the early 1900s. They rest on the assumption that forming close bonds through conversations and activities can promote a broad range of positive outcomes while preventing the progression of problems. In fact, according to a large-scale national survey, the most commonly reported mentor activity is “making time to have fun,” followed by talking, engaging in athletic, cultural, and creative activities. To more effectively promote positive youth outcomes, these friendships should be leveraged to deliver culturally-responsive evidence-based interventions that address the significant mental health, behavioral, and educational challenges facing today’s mentees. In this talk, I will synthesize years of research and suggest promising new directions for the field of youth mentoring.
  • Bio: Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social-emotional, educational, and career development of marginalized youth. She has on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, as well as a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the Distinguished Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students of UMass Boston Award. Rhodes completed her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology at DePaul University and her clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical School. Her book, Older and Wiser: New ideas for youth mentoring in the 21st Century (Harvard University Press) was published in August, 2020.

Virtual Works-In-Progress Meetings (open to all from 12:30-1:30 PM EST):

All WIP meetings will use Zoom link, meeting ID 952 6481 6550 and passcode "YN2021".

  • UPDATED: Tuesday February 23rd, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST, joint with CRPES. Download UPDATED iCal/Outlook link.
    • Dr. Tiffany Mitchell-Patterson from WVU will be presenting with post-doc Dr. Chris Seeger on "Teaching 2020: The Experiences of Social Justice Educators."
    • At the end of the 2020 school year, Tiffany Mitchell-Patterson and Chris Seeger surveyed self-identified ‘social justice educators’ to learn about their experiences during the transition to remote learning and the BLM uprising.
  • March 18th, 2021. Download iCal/Outlook link.
    • Dr. Seanna Leath, an assistant professor of psychology, will be presenting to get feedback on the survey items or interview protocol on a new study she is planning entitled "A Mixed Methods Investigation of Black Parents’ Socialization on Misogynoir against Black Women and Girls."
    • Abstract from project in development: Given the historic and persistent crisis of state-sanctioned violence against Black people in the U.S., Black parents have unique considerations in trying to prepare their children to cope with racial discrimination (i.e., prejudicial treatment of individuals due to their racial group membership) and racially-motivated violence in schools, neighborhoods, and community settings. While research indicates that a child’s gender influences parents’ racial socialization messages, fewer scholars have considered the unique messaging that Black parents offer to their daughters about misogynoir (i.e., the ways in which racism and sexism intersect to produce racialized gendered violence and harm against Black women and girls; Trudy, 2014), or how Black parents’ social identities (e.g., gender, ethnicity, and social class) influence their discourse on these topics. In a recent paper on Black mothers’ racial socialization on racial discrimination and violence, Leath et al. (2020) found that Black mothers’ economic, cultural, and sociopolitical contexts, influenced the messages that they provided to their daughters on race. For example, Black mothers in predominantly Black neighborhoods provided more messages on policing surveillance compared to mothers who lived in mostly White areas. The proposed mixed methods project will build on these findings by investigating Black parents’ awareness of the gendered racial discrimination that Black women and girls face, with a geographically and socioeconomically diverse sample of Black families.
  • April 22nd, 2021. Download iCal/Outlook link.

BYOLunch & Learn Meetings (for internal Youth-Nex faculty, staff, students and affiliates):

Youth-Nex will not be hosting virtual BYOLunch & Learns. Check back later for more information about Spring 2021.