Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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January 12, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

All of us carry unconscious biases that hamper our ability to connect. On this web page, we offer resources to help youth work professionals continually build cultural competence so that they can better connect with youth and their families.

Professional Development

Webinar: January 27, 3:00 ET
The Forum for Youth Investment is excited to announce the upcoming release of a collaborative product: the Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social and Emotional Learning field guide. It shares best practices and collective expertise for equipping the rising generation with the social emotional skills they need to thrive. Through this webinar, you will learn more about the social emotional domains highlighted in the guide - emotion management, empathy, teamwork, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving - as well as how this guide can support you in being more intentional about social and emotional skill building in your program.
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center: VAT Online now offers five new online training modules on the following topics: assault, campus/university victims of sexual assault, child abuse, ethics, and human trafficking. Follow this link for access to these and other training modules.  

Research and Resources                                  

National Institute on Drug Abuse: The NIH's 2015 Monitoring the Future survey results were recently released and show long term decline in illicit drug use, prescription opioid abuse, and cigarette and alcohol use among the nation's youth. Find these and other survey result highlights here.
CDC: About 2.4 million middle and high school students were current (past 30-day) users of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in 2014. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes addiction, may harm brain development, and could lead to continued tobacco product use among youth. Spending to advertise e-cigarettes has increased rapidly since 2011 and exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may be contributing to increases in their use among youth. Follow this link for a short report including e-cigarette facts, data on youth exposure to e-cigarette ads, and suggestions for what states and communities can do in response.
Kenny Shults' MyMediaLife is a program for teens (or any at-risk population) that teaches participants the fundamentals of social marketing and gives them the opportunity to create a campaign of their own. Their library of social marketing campaigns contains videos that can be used as educational tools, discussion aids, and community-level behavior change efforts.
The Kaiser Family Foundation: This interactive map and data dashboard offers the latest national and state-specific information on women's health in the United States. Just hover over a state in the map to see key facts on demographics, health coverage and access to care, sexual health, and pregnancy. Click on a state to see a dashboard of charts with more comprehensive data. The profiles draw from multiple sources, including the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Census Bureau. 
Youth.gov highlights this topic with a web section containing an overview and pages devoted to prevalence, co-occurring disorders, risk and protective factors, warning signs, screening and assessment, prevention, treatment, federal resources, and federal data.
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services: The Office of Adolescent Health has highlighted 5 key resources for adolescent health. Topics include: mentoring; safe and healthy environments; access to health care; access to educational and workforce opportunities; and coordinated care. 


2016 Roth Award
The Mary Byron Project's Celebrating Solutions Awards honor innovative programs that demonstrate promise in ending the generational cycle of domestic violence. We select programs that can serve as models for the nation and offer cash awards of $10,000 in recognition of their pioneering efforts. The Roth Award was created specifically for programs that address the issue of intimate partner violence in an underserved or vulnerable population, identified as such based on characteristics that include age, race, ethnicity, gender, faith, disabilities, low socio-economic status, non-English speaking, sexual preference, and surprisingly, victims from economically-comfortable suburban areas who traditionally do not know how to avail themselves of services or who are too ashamed to find them.
Deadline: February 7
The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women is accepting applications for the Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program. The program seeks to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by organizations uniquely situated to respond to victims within culturally specific populations.
Deadline: February 2

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence
ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth connects positive youth development resources and research to practice in New York State and beyond. Visit the Center of Excellence at
actforyouth.net and the ACT Youth Network at nysyouth.net
The Center of Excellence is a partnership among:

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