Flipping the Script on Parentification

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Children are taking on a parental role and their mental health is suffering as a result.

Children are regularly assuming parenting positions, but not in the ways you may think. Instead of being parented themselves, many kids actually have to become the parental figure in their family unit when guardians are unable to do so.

Nonetheless, when you think of the term “family,” many things may come to mind. You might associate it with extended kin including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more. Or you may think of a smaller unit with just parents/guardians and their children. These are very…


Building Social and Emotional Learning through Reverse-Mentoring

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According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” At Youth Empowering Parents (YEP), we’re attempting to incorporate SEL into everything that we do so youth can build the soft skills they need for their futures.

What are the Benefits of SEL?

Within the literature, the common consensus among scholars is that young people who receive SEL training perform considerably better…


Many young people aren’t able to find meaningful volunteering

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… but does he really?

Imagine seeing this ad for a volunteer position: “Wanted: youth volunteers to give out free lunches at the local community center to families and homeless individuals.” You think it sounds like a great opportunity and a meaningful way to give back to your society! But then you read the fine print below and it says, “Volunteers from more affluent neighbourhoods will work upfront with customers, volunteers from poorer neighbourhoods will do menial tasks in the back.” Most likely, you’d be shocked and upset, questioning why there’s a difference in the volunteer experience between high- and low-income youth within the same…


Using ‘Scaffolding’ to Improve Confidence in Kids

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If you woke up tomorrow wanting to become a teacher or tutor, you’d have to dedicate hours, weeks, or even years to training before stepping into a classroom. However, at Youth Empowering Parents (YEP), we’re able to get young volunteers, i.e. students in elementary to high school, to become tutors in under 5 minutes. We do this with a technique known as ‘scaffolding’.

Our Program

While this may sound like young teachers are jumping into the deep-end with little to no training, our approach has been extremely fruitful for our young volunteers and adult recipients alike. So how have we…


The Positive Benefits of Reverse Mentorship in Youths and Adults

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What is Reverse Mentorship?

Reverse mentorship was first popularized in 1999 by former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch, in a program that enlisted younger employees to teach senior executives about the internet. Because young people have vast exposure to and skills in the latest technology, social media, music, and more, they can be the best teachers to adults who have little to no experience in these fields. This process quickly became a new, innovative way of teaching and learning, and an alternative to traditional senior-on-junior mentorship. …


The Protégé Effect: How Teaching Adults Helps Improve Your Academics

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Ever wondered why you just couldn’t remember that one thing you needed to ace the test? Next time, try teaching it to a friend, classmate, parent or sibling! In fact, the very best way to understand a concept or subject is to actually to explain it to someone else.

The Protégé Effect

The protégé effect is what happens when you learn while teaching others. It’s especially useful for young people and results in myriad benefits for both tutors and tutees alike!

The Benefits

Here are some examples of the ways teaching others can actually help youth learn a subject while…

Youth Empowering Parents

One of only a handful to receive the United Nations’ Innovation Award, we’re turning young people from ‘educated’ to ‘educators’. www.yepeducation.com

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