Upcoming Events

Invitation Only: Cross-cohort Socialization of Youth: What Social Workers Need to Know (2 CEUs)

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

Free, invitation only

UBSSW Alumni Association

Dr. Christopher St. Vil

Sarah Watson, (716) 645-1259 (sjwatson@buffalo.edu)

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INVITATION ONLY to UB School of Social Work alumni mentors, and unpaid field educators from past two years.

Registration: 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

A consistent and well supported finding in the literature is the importance of significant others in the lives of youth and adolescents, particularly older individuals who serve as conventional models to aid in their development. Many of the conventional role models identified in research literature include, teachers, coaches, uncles, parents, and same-age peers. One group that has received less attention is the role that older adolescent/young adult role models play in the lives of youth. Despite research suggesting that adolescents from disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to spend time with older individuals than adolescents from less disadvantaged neighborhoods especially Black males in the U.S., relatively little research has been conducted on who these individuals are and what impact they are having on the development of youth and adolescents, specifically young boys. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the concept of cross-cohort socialization to the field of social work and explore its potential causes and the consequences associated with it. This workshop will propose several practice and policy recommendations aimed at reducing the negative effects of cross-cohort socialization among young Black males from disadvantaged communities.