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Summer 2023: Mental, Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Needs for Youth in Greater Boston

April 4th, 2023
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
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Philanthropic trends
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders in the field of youth development are sounding the alarm on the mental, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of school-aged youth. Months of isolation, virtual learning, and reduced socialization have taken a steep toll on the cognitive development of young people. These effects are acutely palpable during the summer months, when school-based mental health supports are not accessible.

Research has shown us that young people of color from low-income families are far less likely to engage with clinical mental health supports, which can often be attributed to a lack of trust. Community-based youth enrichment programs serve as trusted brokers of knowledge within family networks, but they often lack the capacity and technical knowledge to effectively support the behavioral health needs of young people. These dynamics have meant that in Boston, a city renowned for its healthcare infrastructure, young people still struggle to access clinical mental health supports.

In this program, we will explore opportunities to unlock the capacity of Greater Boston’s nonprofits to identify the mental health needs young people, develop trust-based interventions, and more effectively connect families to clinical supports. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about these intersections by hearing from funders, nonprofit leaders, and youth development experts about how leaders are working to embed mental health supports into their summer enrichment programming. We will also hear how The Summer Fund, a 51 year old donor collaborative and pooled fund is addressing these needs by working with community-based youth enrichment programs who serve as trusted brokers of knowledge within family networks.

Please join us for this important conversation as we turn our attention to Summer 2023.

Registration type: 
Normal registration

Zoom Instructions:

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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