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    Health advisory on social media use in adolescence

    May 2023

    Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., co-authored a health advisory on social media use in adolescence released by the American Psychological Association.

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    Journeys in Youth Development Podcast, Episode 4

    APRIL 2023

    NIOST director Georgia Hall, Ph.D., talks to Terrance Cauley, Senior Director in the Department of Youth, Family & Clinical Services at Better Family Life, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. Terrance highlights the importance of offering historically marginalized Black youth opportunities for self-definition, and discusses how he does this through his work in out-of-school time programming.

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    WCW Collaborates on $5 Million Project to Promote Sustainability in Liberia

    February 2023

    WCW will lead the design of a social inclusion strategy to empower women and young people in the Liberian forestry sector.

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    Having 'The Talk' with Teens

    February 2023

    Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., shares findings from interviews with fathers about how they try to make conversations with their teens about sex and dating less awkward.


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    The Wage Gap: The Motherhood Penalty and the Fatherhood Premium

    December 2022

    Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., discusses how the pay gap changes for parents throughout their careers.

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News: 2022

Journeys in Youth Development Podcast

December 1, 2022

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director of NIOST, talks to Marisela Montoya of Austin, TX, and Kourtney Andrada of Oakland, CA, about their experiences as youth development workers.

Summer camp activity with parachute November 11, 2022

NIOST will continue its partnership with the Education Development Center, Inc. to guide the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment.

theater audience November 9, 2022

WCW and the League of Resident Theatres will investigate systemic barriers to leadership positions and influence in the American theater.

Wellesley College student interns 2022-2023 October 24, 2022

At the start of the academic year, five Wellesley College students began internships at WCW through the Class of 1967 Internship Program.

student at school September 26, 2022

Mood Check offers resources that increase the school community’s mental health awareness and literacy, which serves as a prevention tool for adolescent depression.

2022 summer digital wellbeing workshop presenters August 28, 2022

The five-day program allowed students to co-design an app to promote positive social media use and featured Wellesley College students and expert speakers on STEM.

Anna Grimes and her daughter July 1, 2022

In partnership with the Urban Institute and supported by a $1.1 million grant from ECMC Foundation, the Wellesley Centers for Women is launching the Data-to-Action Campaign for Pregnant and Parenting Student Success.

Student parent resource center at an Oregon higher education institution June 24, 2022

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we at the Wellesley Centers for Women stand with women and all pregnant people’s personal decisions about their reproductive health and their bodies.

middle school age girl uses laptop while holding pet dog May 23, 2022

Adolescents’ relationships with their pets can be very important, since adolescents are at a developmental stage when they’re relying less on their families and more on other relationships in their lives—both human and animal.

girl in STEM May 1, 2022

New funding will support clubs in Pennsylvania's Venango and Clarion Counties, particularly in Franklin, Oil City, and Knox.

lady justice statue April 26, 2022

The white paper from the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative offers policy and practice recommendations to achieve justice for victims, families, and communities.

Girls in STEM illustration April 21, 2022

Researchers are looking for middle school girls to participate in a free workshop on designing healthier social media experiences.

Youth Advisory Board April 1, 2022

The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab recently created a Youth Advisory Board to inform the development of its virtual digital wellbeing workshops.

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