Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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April 13, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth and Friends

The quality of youth programming depends on a well-trained, well-supported staff. In this new edition of Research fACTs and Findings, Mary Maley describes what we know about best practices for technical assistance.
Check out this video PSA produced by Community Place of Greater Rochester youth peer leaders.
In this podcast, Karl Pillemer, director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell, interviews Andrew Turner, who heads the 4-H Youth Development Program in New York State, about his work with 4-H and the future of youth development.

Professional Development

The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery: Do you know someone who might benefit from some specialized education in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in youth? The instructor-led version of the new NSSI 101 Training Course debuts on May 1 and is enrolling students now. This course was designed especially for professionals who work in schools or other youth-serving settings and who are looking for detailed information on the who, what, where, when and why of self-injury as well as information related to detection and intervention, treatment, and prevention. Work through the content with a trained facilitator - enroll for the course beginning May 1st here.
Webinar: May 6, 12:00 ET
NYPATH: FPBP is a public health insurance program for New Yorkers that helps them access family planning services they may not be able to afford and can provide adolescents with insurance coverage for confidential sexual and reproductive health services.  Learn about program details, eligibility requirements and covered services, confidentiality as it relates to enrollment and coverage, and more. 

Research and Resources                                  

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse: This research brief provides information and resources to help fathers improve their own health and well-being, and the health and well-being of their children. Specifically, the brief focuses on healthy eating and sleeping habits and provides tips for healthy physical activity. It also highlights how fathers can take advantage of the preventive services provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to promote their health and the health of their children.
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services: The Office of Adolescent Health has highlighted 3 tips and resources to help adolescents make the most of their out-of-school time. Topics include: leadership and skill development; access to high quality health care; and healthy eating and exercise.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: This toolkit will help you find screening and assessment tools you can use to decide what types of interventions and services each young person in your care needs. It contains information on more than 50 tools of possible interest to runaway and homeless youth programs.
My JumpVault is a Web-based and mobile application that gives foster youth and their allies a place to upload, store, and manage their documents. In addition to housing personal records, the tool includes information about young people's rights in foster care and a list of available services. Inquire about using My JumpVault in your community through a link on this National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth page. 


State Farm: The Youth Advisory Board is currently funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the root cause of one of the following issue areas: access to higher education and closing the achievement gap; economic empowerment and financial literacy; community safety and justice; health and wellness; environmental responsibility; and arts and culture.
Deadline: April 29
The Citi Foundation and America's Promise Alliance are looking for organizations eager to launch or expand innovative programs that prepare low-income young adults, 16 to 24, for continuing education, careers, and lifelong success. The Youth Opportunity Fund will award one-year grants of up to $250,000 to nonprofits in 10 major U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Programs should: use strategies including, but not limited to, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, service/leadership opportunities, and/or internships; partner with municipal governments; leverage technology and collaborate across key sectors; and serve as models for replication and scalability.
Deadline: May 2

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
actforyouth.net and the ACT Youth Network at nysyouth.net
The Center of Excellence is a partnership among:

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