The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth
This new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds ample evidence that changes in brain structure and connectivity that happen in adolescence present young people with unique opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovery from past adversity. The report provides multiple recommendations for policy and practice that capitalize on these developmental opportunities and address inequities–such as in health care and education–that undermine the well-being of many adolescents and leave them less able to take advantage of the promise offered by this stage of life.
Report Launch The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth
August 1, 2019
Participants will hear from the report’s authors and explore how the emerging understanding of adolescent brains and behavior can be applied to systems and society to better serve youth in this exciting developmental stage. Agenda | Report Launch Slides
Public Release Webinar Statement of Task:
An ad hoc committee will examine the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development, health, well-being, resilience, and agency including the science of positive youth development. The committee will also focus on how this knowledge can be applied to institutions and systems so that adolescent well-being, resilience, and development are promoted and that systems address structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity and access. The study will aim to build off the first study in the National Academy of Medicine's Culture of Health study series and outline the implications of developmental interactions with the social distribution of risks and resources identified in the first study, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity. Read the full statement of task here.
Richard J. Bonnie, Chair Anna Aizer Margarita Alegría Claire D. Brindis Elizabeth Cauffman Mesmin Destin Angela Diaz Nancy E. Hill Michelle Jackson Arlene F. Lee Leslie Leve Jens Ludwig Susan Vivian Mangold Bruce S. McEwen Stephen T. Russell Joanna Lee Williams
Members of the Funders for Adolescent Science Translation, including:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Bezos Family Foundation The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative The Ford Foundation The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation The Raikes Foundation The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The National Public Education Support Fund