Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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March 25, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

Young people's progress toward goals may be helped or hindered by their "mindsets." In this new article, Kristen Elmore discusses the research into "growth" and "fixed" mindsets as it applies to adolescents.
This new video briefly introduces social and emotional learning (SEL) and explains why SEL is relevant to practitioners in the field of positive youth development.

Professional Development

Cornell University's Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery launched a new set of web-based education and training courses for those interested in understanding nonsuicidal self-injury (also sometimes referred to as "cutting") in youth. Targeted for those who work directly with youth in the schools or community, they can be taken for continuing education credits (CEUs) from Cornell University or from the National Association of Social Workers. It is available as a self-paced course or as a 3 week facilitated course.
Cardea: Because more than 8 in 10 American teens look for health information online, family planning and other health clinics have an opportunity to develop a vibrant and robust online presence to successfully reach adolescents. This online training will increase knowledge about how adolescents access health information and enable participants to identify considerations in creating a social media outreach strategy. It will also provide tools and guidance to create a safe and engaging social media presence.

Webinar: March 31, 12:00 ET
New York State Department of Health: This webinar will provide updated information on Zika virus, as well as a review of Zika virus and microcephaly and sexual transmission of Zika virus. New eligibility for Zika virus testing in pregnant women in NYS and an overview of the NYS testing processes will also be covered.

Research and Resources                                  

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute: The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. This report offers key findings from this year's Rankings release and includes answers to the following questions: How Does Health Vary Across Rural and Urban Counties? How Do Health Gaps Among Counties Differ by State? What Are the New Measures of Each County's Health?
Promundo and UNFPA: This report reviews current research on boys' and young men's specific risks and realities--and the implications for women and girls--in relation to their general health status, violence, sexuality and sexual and reproductive health, media violence, sexual exploitation, and other vulnerabilities. The report also reviews concrete ways to work with adolescent boys and young men on sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education, fatherhood and caregiving, and the elimination of violence against women and girls.
CDC: Researchers from CDC and FDA analyzed data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey to determine how frequently middle school and high school students in the United States used cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products. Read their findings in this report.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: The financial aid process can be confusing for homeless young people and the service providers guiding them through the process. Flip through this slideshow for five tips and resources, from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, which can help youth workers point students in the right direction.
Child Trends: Even the best research-based programs can flounder if they're not implemented well. Here are six steps to help program leaders implement programs successfully.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: If you work with homeless youth or families, you know they don't always have access to fresh, nutritious food. In honor of National Nutrition Month, check out this slideshow for six tips for providing and promoting good nutrition without breaking the bank, and then learn more about each suggestion using the additional resources provided.
Child Trends: Despite their role in childbearing, men are often overlooked in discussions about family planning. It's commonly assumed that men and boys get in the way of effective contraception use by women and girls. This is partly true. But to address issues such as preventing unwanted pregnancies, contraceptive coercion, and sexual violence, working with men and boys is essential. Engaging them in family planning may even be a matter of human rights. Read more in our latest blog post.


The New York State Department of Health is issuing this RFA to announce the availability of funding for eligible organizations to implement the CAPP initiative in priority communities in NYS. The purpose of the CAPP initiative is to educate youth 10-21 years of age on both abstinence and contraception through the implementation of effective evidence-based programs (EBPs) and the promotion of sexual health among adolescents through local community projects.  Projects will implement evidence based, evidence informed, and/or best practice strategies for performance standards to foster positive adolescent health outcomes. Locate the CAPP RFA on the second page of this grant portal. 
Letter of Intent Due: 3/29/16
Application Deadline: 5/4/16
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
The New York State Department of Health is issuing this RFA to announce the availability of funding to implement the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) initiative to priority populations throughout New York State. The purpose of the PREP initiative is to educate youth on both abstinence and contraception through the implementation of effective EBPs that also include at least three adult preparation subjects. Locate the PREP RFA on the second page of this grant portal. 
Letter of Intent Due: 4/5/16
Application Deadline: 5/11/16

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence
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