Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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March 3, 2016 
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.

Professional Development

Workshop: March 31, Corning, NY 
Planned Parenthood 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 inclusive environments.
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.

Research and Resources                                  

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.  
Futures Without 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 potential.
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
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