The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed a new resource series, Brain Frames, to help child welfare practitioners, parents, the legal community, teachers, mentors and other caring adults use the findings of adolescent brain science to promote healthy outlooks and behaviors through their interactions with young people.
Brain Frames consist of five printable handouts that take a deeper look at the recommendations from the report, with quick bullet points, fact boxes and sample conversations that are easy to use.
These recommendations, organized by focus areas, have an emphasis on racial and ethnic equity and inclusion.
Focus areas include:
1.Cultivate permanent families for young people. (Brain Frame: Keeping the Family Conversation Alive)
2.Help young people understand their experiences, especially through the lenses of racism and trauma, and develop effective strategies for healing and growth. (Brain Frame: Healing Comes First)
3.Promote college and career pathways. (Brain Frame: Successful Connections to School and Work)
4.Ensure adequate and safe housing for youth while also encouraging their personal choices. (Brain Frame: Promoting Safe and Stable Housing for Young People)
5.Support young parents’ progress toward self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyles and relationships. (Brain Frame: Supporting Young Parents)
Each Brain Frame can be downloaded and printed as a two-sided 11×17-inch placemat for use in trainings or for quick reference