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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2016 Roth Award
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
(Assets Coming Together) for Youth connects positive youth development
resources and research to practice in New York State and beyond.
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The Center of Excellence is a partnership among:
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