Strengths-Based Assets of Black Adolescents

Youth Development

Our work explores how black youth draw on personal and cultural resources to thrive despite challenges to their identities from institutional racism. The research considers how youths’ self-efficacy and racial group identity beliefs function to promote academic and psycho-social adjustment. A greater understanding of such processes has the potential to improve black adolescents’ lives in a variety of tangible ways, from increases in their school grades and higher rates of higher education attainment, to enhanced psychological and socio-emotional well-being.


Lissa Johnson

Lissa Johnson

CSD Associate Director; Director of Administration and Research;
Co-Director Financial Capability and Asset Building