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February 17, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

New report on well-being of boys and young men of color

EQUITY
The Urban Institute has released a new report that examines the risks of poor health and developmental outcomes on boys and young men of color who have been exposed to chronic stress from living in poor households. (Urban Institute, 2/2015)

Boys and young men of color are at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes beginning at birth and persisting through childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. As a result of household poverty and residence in segregated neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage, they are disproportionately bombarded by environmental threats – often without the benefits of supportive systems of prevention, protection, and care. This exposure to chronic stress undermines cognitive, social-emotional, and regulatory human development as well as the immune system. The parents of boys and young men of color are similarly affected, which affects boys directly in utero and interferes with their parents’ abilities to promote their health and development and to protect them from harm as they mature.

There are no simple or inexpensive solutions to these challenges. But investing in promising
strategies now will have long-term benefits for both the boys and young men themselves and for society as a whole.

– A new report from the D.C. Office of Human Rights shows that last year, there was a 41 percent increase in the number of reported discrimination cases in the District. (DCist, 2/13)

– Opinion: A Kaffeeklatsch on Race (NYT, 2/16)

DISTRICT | After Historic Anacostia Facade Collapses, Neighbors Charge City With “Demolition by Neglect” (WCP, 2/16)

EDUCATION | Former superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools Joshua Starr reflects on his time with the school system after three and a half years. (WAMU, 2/15)

WORKFORCE | A new study by the Migration Policy Institute reveals some significant disparities in the literacy and numeracy skills of the American workforce compared with other developed countries, as well as among racial groups in the United States. (CityLab, 2/16)

Within the U.S. workforce, there is a gap between the foreign-born and native-born populations, largely due to language barriers. Foreign-born immigrants are overrepresented in the pool of low-skilled workers in America (33 percent), compared with their share in the total U.S. adult population that participated in the survey (15 percent).

Still, the majority of American adults with low literacy and numeracy skills were born in the United States, according to the report.


Boston doesn’t want to hear about how much snow D.C. has.

– Ciara

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