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Let's face it, young people are often overlooked. I guess adults don't remember that it's frustrating to be ignored. Young people have some really brilliant ideas, but if no one pays attention, there's no way for them to be heard. That's why adults need to let young people be more involved and have a greater say in how things work.

- Zach, ACT Youth Network

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Featured Resources
Jane Powers, director of ACT for Youth, was interviewed for the Doing Translational Research podcast this summer. In this engaging conversation, she discusses ACT for Youth and her passion for promoting positive youth development in communities throughout New York State.
In this issue of Research fACTs and Findings, Vanessa Amankwaa focuses on how heterosexual Black American youth, who comprise one of the groups disproportionately affected by STIs, describe factors that influence their sexual health.
What do adolescents and young adults have to say about the norms, attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs that impact their risk of STIs? ACT for Youth reviewed interview, focus group, and survey research to find out. This report highlights the voices of youth as they discuss the social and personal pressures on sexual decision making.
Young people who are or will soon be parents face a multitude of unique challenges, from basic health care needs to education, employment, relationships, and parenting. This toolkit of online resources is for professionals who are helping young families address their most pressing challenges and needs.
Young people with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or trauma do not always disclose these conditions in program settings. Fortunately, even when facilitators lack this personal information about participants, there are ways to make programs more inclusive. Creating Inclusive Program Environments for Youth with Different Abilities, a new curriculum from Jutta Dotterweich, provides youth work professionals with information, practices, and activities to promote inclusion and engagement for all young people.
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