New from ACT for Youth
Despite the need -- and widespread support for sex education -- condom demonstrations are often treated as controversial. This article makes the case for condom demonstrations and practice as part of a larger sexual health program.
Featuring a video made by and for youth, this page also includes condom-related resources for educators and teens.
Workshop: March 31, Corning, NY
of the Southern Finger Lakes: This 3-hour workshop for professionals who
work with youth will highlight best practices and key policy
considerations for supporting, and addressing the needs of, transgender
young people. Participants will gain up to date information, resources,
tools, and tips to create respectful and
Registration deadline: March 18
Bullying Prevention Training Course
Stopbullying.gov: This online course
provides guidance on how to take a public health approach to bullying
prevention through the use of long-term, community-wide prevention
strategies. Participants can take quizzes to test their knowledge and
earn continuing education credits at their own pace.
Child Trends: The U.S. teen pregnancy rate has plummeted in recent years. This Child Trends On Topic video explores ways to keep the momentum going. Hear from three experts in this compilation of key moments from the 2015 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture on teen pregnancy prevention.
Daily Cigarette Use
Child Trends: The
rates of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders that smoke cigarettes daily are
dramatically lower than they were in the mid-90s. But there's evidence
young people have simply switched to a different method of tobacco use:
e-cigarettes (vaping). Read about the trends in this databank report.
Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime: This nine-part video series
is designed to help raise awareness of human trafficking. The series
addresses sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to
serving victims of human trafficking, juvenile victims of human
trafficking, effective victim services, victims' legal needs, and voices
of survivors. A discussion guide, fact sheets, and posters accompany the video series and can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion.
Child Trends: Research
has shown that family meals are an important opportunity to develop
strong parent-child relationships and family connectedness. Children in
families with lower incomes, and those whose parents have less
education, are more likely to share meals. Read about the trends in this databank report.
Fact Sheets on Promoting Protective Factors for ACYF Populations
US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families: A new series of fact sheets for practitioners
reviews current research linking protective factors to well-being for
five at-risk populations served by the Administration on Children,
Youth, and Families (ACYF):
US Department of
Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health: Social media
platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are prominent in the
lives of adolescents, and they're not just for talking with friends:
adolescents use social media to express themselves and find information.
This summary looks at their habits, the risks and benefits of social media use, and identifies resources to keep youth safe online.
Violence in partnership with the Department of Justice's Office on
Violence Against Women and the Advertising Council: That's Not Cool is a
national public education initiative speaking to youth about healthy
relationships and helping them recognize, avoid, and prevent dating
violence in their lives. The website provides tools to
help youth draw their digital line about what is, or is not, okay in
their relationships. There is also a section for adult allies.
The Office of Minority Health is seeking
applicants for this initiative, which tests the effectiveness of
innovative approaches to promoting healthy behaviors among minority
and/or disadvantaged youth at risk for poor outcomes due to childhood
trauma. Successful applicants will serve youth and families who
live in communities where they are exposed to repeated traumatic
situations, such as violence, domestic violence, some forms of physical
abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, disasters, or other emotionally harmful
experiences. The initiative also promotes the goals of My
Brother's Keeper, which works to ensure that all young people,
including boys and young men of color, can reach their full
Deadline: April 18
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
The Center of Excellence is a partnership among:
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