Bullying in grade school is a well-researched topic. There are tons of campaigns aimed at reducing bullying at schools, creating a safe and welcoming environment, and ensuring that the adverse consequences of bullying are avoided. On this episode, Kacey and Carl talk about an interesting project the team at Ology is currently working on, which will be presented through the New York State Public Health Association’s Best Practices & Innovations Webinar Series on November 20th of this year. In this conversation, they discuss their motivations behind choosing the topic, statistical methods and what’s desired as they contribute the study to the fields of public health and education, research and practice.
According to the website YouthMentor.org, 1 in 4 public school children drop out before finishing high school, and African-American and Hispanic students have a 65% likelihood of finishing high school on time. The website also states that 76% of at-risk youth who had a mentor aspire to enroll in college, have lower rates of depression symptoms, are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. On this episode, we want to take a moment to acknowledge mentors during National Mentoring Month (January) and discuss the importance of mentorship in improving individuals and our neighborhoods.