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Black Youth Excel with Research-Informed Policies and Practices

May 19, 2022

Racial disparities in many indicators of child well-being illustrate the need to improve Black children’s and adolescents’ experiences and outcomes across multiple domains, including education, health, child welfare, and criminal justice. To promote a deeper and more varied understanding of youth, Child Trends recently published the report “Black Children and Adolescents Can Achieve Greater Heights With Research-informed Policies and Practices.” The brief provides demographic data, presents recent accomplishments by young Black people in a variety of fields/areas, and discusses policies and practices that have expanded or diminished their opportunities. It also identifies areas for further research that can drive the institutional and organizational change necessary to maintain or improve their well-being. This brief is part of a larger effort by Child Trends researchers to expand knowledge about Black children and families.