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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

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Published in May 2019, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth is a consensus study report from the National Academies Press that focuses its attention on the opportunity gap. Organized into two main sections, this lengthy report first "examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development," finding that adolescents have a unique capacity for neurological adaptation and resilience, but also that their neurological advantages can be undermined by structural and socioeconomic disadvantages. The second section of this report offers numerous recommendations for "how this knowledge can be applied, both to promote adolescent well-being, resilience, and development, and to rectify structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity, enabling all adolescents to flourish." These include recommendations for the education system, the health system, the child welfare system, and the juvenile justice system. Those who are interested can read the full 470-page report online or download it as a PDF for free at the above link, where readers can also find the report's press release and a 4-page summary of its highlights.
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2019-10-18
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