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Toolkit: For Youth Programs

For Youth ProgramsKnowledge of adolescence impacts the development and delivery of youth programs. Resources included in this section address how adolescents learn and dimensions of program quality, and also identify good programs for different teen populations. Also included are activities that can be integrated into youth programming, and resources that can be used for parent and community education.

Learning

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

CASEL reports on the evidence and impact of social and emotional learning in schools and after-school settings. They also provide examples of effective practice, as well as tools for parents.

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Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches "growth mindset" -- the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this TED talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that's slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it...or have you just not solved it yet?

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How Youth Learn: Ned's GR8 8

This brief, entertaining animation highlights eight conditions of learning based on recent findings in neuroscience. What Kids Can Do.

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Mind, Brain, and Education

What does brain research tell us about how we learn and how learning, in turn, shapes the architecture of the brain? What is the connection between the stress of poverty and the impact of emotions on learning? This paper draws on cognitive science and brain research, highlighting the positive impact of student-centered learning approaches. Students at the Center.

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Teachers at Work: Six Exemplars of Everyday Practice

Taking the reader inside six high schools widely regarded as exemplars of deep student learning, the authors unpack teaching practices and school structures at the heart of student-centered learning. Additional resources include interviews and audio clips.

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Raising Teens

On this website, the Raising Teens Project makes research in adolescent development more accessible to practitioners and parents. The publication Raising Teens: A Synthesis of Research and a Foundation for Action is also available on the site for download in English and Spanish. MIT.

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Activities

Building Skills for Adulthood

This popular section of the ACT for Youth website features activities, curricula, and other resources designed to support young people in transitioning to adulthood. Skill areas include healthy development, relationships skills, parent-child communication, life skills, financial literacy, and career exploration and success. Resources for youth are also included. ACT for Youth Center of Excellence.

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ReCAPP Learning Activities

The Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention offers many learning activities, complete with handouts, for parent and/or teen education. Understanding Adolescent Development describes in detail how to organize and carry out a workshop for parents on adolescent development. Several other learning activities focus on parent-child communication. Other activities include Gender Lifelines, Importance of Friendship, and The Culture Connection. ETR Associates.

WebActivity: Understanding Adolescent Development

WebActivity: Gender Lifelines

WebActivity: Importance of Friendship

WebActivity: The Culture Connection

Youth Communication

Youth Communication publishes stories written by New York City teens about the issues they face. The stories can be used as tools to engage young people in conversations about a range of topics and challenges. Resource kits for educators include girls' issues, resilience, and diversity and cultural competence, among others. Lessons and leader guides are available as well.

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Evidence-Based Programs and Program Design

Helping Teens Develop Healthy Social Skills and Relationships

This review of over 360 research studies examines social competency in adolescence. The findings have implications for families, peers, and programs. Child Trends.

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The Family Environment and Adolescent Well-being

This report highlights research into adolescents' experiences in their families across different social groups. In particular it looks at parenting skills, shared family activities, and positive parental role modeling. The authors discuss implications for program development and parent education. Child Trends and the National Adolescent Health Information Center.

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What Works for Promoting and Enhancing Positive Social Skills

This fact sheet highlights what works to promote positive social skills among children and adolescents. It is based on a review of 38 rigorously evaluated programs. Child Trends.

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What Works for African American Children and Adolescents

This report identifies programs and program features that improve outcomes for African American youth. Outcome areas reviewed include reproductive health, substance use, literacy, physical health and nutrition, social skills, school readiness, externalizing behavior, and academic achievement. Findings are based on a review of 53 rigorously evaluated programs. Child Trends.

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What Works for Female Children and Adolescents

This research brief synthesizes findings from over 100 evaluations of interventions for girls and young women. Outcome areas reviewed include academic achievement, delinquency, externalizing behaviors, mental health, physical health and nutrition, reproductive health and sexuality, self-sufficiency, social skills, and substance use. Child Trends.

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What Works for Male Children and Adolescents

This research brief synthesizes findings from over 100 evaluations of interventions for boys and young men. Outcome areas reviewed include academic achievement, delinquency, externalizing behaviors, mental health, physical health and nutrition, reproductive health and sexuality, social skills, and substance use. Child Trends.

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Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS)

Regularly updated, the LINKS database provides examples of programs that work or don't work in enhancing children's development. LINKS effectiveness charts and reports are also included. Child Trends.

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Out-Of-School Time Program Research & Evaluation Database & Bibliography

This database profiles research studies and evaluations of out-of-school time programs to support the development of high quality evaluations and programs. Harvard Family Research Project.

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