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America's Promise Alliance Community Convention 2016
Too many young people experience a severe level of adversity in their homes, schools, and communities. More than one-quarter of those from families living in poverty experience enough adversity to negatively affect their long-term health and educational outcomes. Science and practice tells us that relationships with caring, supportive adults and peers can buffer the impacts of adversity, encourage the social and emotional competencies a young person needs to succeed in school and life, and help a young person navigate the complexities of life. For this session discussed the role of adversity in young people’s lives and how the most scalable solution, people, can be leveraged to support young people through these adversities.
Dr. Jonathan Zaff, Center for Promise