Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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February 2, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This national effort to raise awareness about violence in teen relationships aims to promote prevention and education programs, support survivors, and increase safety among adolescents. Find these resources on ACT for Youth sites:
NEW: ACT for Youth's Dora Welker has compiled many key resources on teen dating violence for educators, parents, and youth. Included in the roundup are hotlines, fact sheets, curricula, and tools for understanding warning signs and making safety plans, as well as tips on how to help a person in a troubled relationship. Links are also provided to resources on helping youth build healthy relationships.
In this section of our youth site, young people can take the "relationship checkup quiz," consider whether they are compatible with a boyfriend or girlfriend, and learn the warning signs of real danger. This resource was developed by Marline Pearson, author of the popular curricula Love Notes 2.0 and Love U2®.

Professional Development

CDC: This is a free, online training available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. Follow a school administrator throughout his day as he highlights what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it through graphic novel scenarios, interactive exercises, and information gathered from leading experts.

Research and Resources                                  

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: These compilations of resources are intended for healthcare providers and youth serving professionals. Each one contains clinical care guidelines and resources such as training materials, screening tools, videos, webinars, and toolkits. Topics include:

Offer these one-pagers to adolescents, young adults, parents, and caregivers who are looking for online resources, support groups, peer networks, helplines, treatment locators, and advocacy opportunities.
The Office of Adolescent Health: Adolescents are generally healthy; however, they face challenges to their health and well-being that are different from those of children and adults. This new feature of the OAH website profiles who America's adolescents are, what they do, and what health issues they face. 
CDC: This tool features an interactive module that enables users to compare the risks of different sexual activities and to see how one or a combination of prevention methods could reduce the risk of HIV. Users can customize the information to be individually tailored to their needs. The tool also includes an HIV Testing Site Locater.
Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality: This field guide of best practices sheds new light on how out-of-school programs can equip teens with valuable social and emotional learning skills they need to succeed.
Advocates for Youth: This first-ever free online K-12 sexuality education curriculum fosters responsibility by respecting young people's rights to honest sexuality education and is intended to give teachers a dynamic, up-to-date, and inclusive curriculum. Key features include that it: has been reviewed by youth activists; contains 80 lesson plans; contains family homework activities; meets National Sex Ed Standards; has a flexible design to supplement, expand, and/or update current curricula; and contains extensive teacher support materials including a 25-page Teacher's Guide.
Child Trends and Casey Family Programs: This database includes state-level statistics and policies on foster care and adoption, domestic violence, financing, and more.
Healthy Teen Network: Volt is an initiative to generate energy around adolescent and young adult men's (AYAM) health and well-being. It seeks to increase AYAM knowledge on, access to, and utilization of, health care services. The volt resource suite includes materials for youth, youth work professionals, and parents.
Population Institute: The 2015 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights gives an overview of what's happening in the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Use this interactive map to download the report for your state to find out if it is making the grade on effectiveness, prevention, affordability, and access.


The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications for this program that will support the successful and safe transition of young fathers and young mothers from detention, out-of-home placement, or incarceration to their families and communities. This program will fund coordinated and comprehensive strategies that incorporate mentoring and transitional reentry services proven to reduce recidivism, effective parenting skills development and parent/child relationship engagement for young fathers or mothers, and private and community service partnerships that promote public safety and support added positive outcomes for young parents and their children.
Deadline: 3/3/2016

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
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