Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
In This Issue
ACT for Youth Resource
Professional Development
Research and Resources
Nonprofit Management

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May 4, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

How are teens using new technologies and social media? How are they affected by media? And how can adults use new technologies to engage adolescents? This newly updated page connects to resources that help answer these questions.
We have updated and added new statistics to this page, which provides selected stats on teens' use of digital media.

Professional Development

Webinar: May 9, 3:00 ET
America's Promise Alliance: Following the release of the 2016 Building a Grad Nation report on May 9th, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University will present a webinar to answer questions about the new report, and discuss where the nation and states stand on reaching the 90 percent by 2020 goal, threats to achieving the goal, setting the record straight on graduation rates, and recommendations for moving forward.
Webinar: May 5, 3:00 ET
Preparing Youth to Thrive: In the SEL Challenge, supports for staff were found to be one of the foundational elements of a successful social emotional learning program. These include ensuring that there is adequate staff coverage, a collaborative approach to planning and debriefing the program, supports for professional growth and rejuvenation, and reflection during a continuous improvement process. Learn more about how an SEL Challenge partner put these practices into action and ways for you to build in further supports for your staff.
Two Part Webinar: May 20 and June 10, 12:00 ET
NYPATH: This webinar is designed for clinicians who provide healthcare services to adolescents and young adults. Specific objectives are to: define adolescent relationship abuse (ARA); identify how ARA affects adolescent health; learn about counseling about healthy relationships through universal education; increase provider comfort level with assessment and management of ARA; identify communities that are particularly vulnerable to ARA; identify reproductive coercion in the health care setting and develop strategies to support patients.

Research and Resources                                  

The Annie E Casey Foundation: More than 5 million U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child's well-being as abuse or domestic violence. This report details the number of children who've experienced parental incarceration, by state, and recommends actions to help them.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: Despite historic declines in teen pregnancy in the United States, teens in foster care experience disproportionately high rates of teen pregnancy and childbearing compared to their peers. This report identifies 10 key ways to begin to make progress on reducing teen pregnancy among youth in foster care.
Five Ways Trauma-Informed Care Supports Children's Development
Child Trends: Childhood trauma is common. More than two thirds of children in the United States experience a traumatic event or circumstances--such as abuse or neglect, death of a loved one, or community violence--by the time they turn 16. Trauma-informed care (TIC) encompasses a variety of approaches to working with children exposed to traumatic events or conditions and research suggests that it is associated with considerable benefits for children and their families. This informational post highlights five ways TIC supports children's healthy development.
Check out OAH resources, tools, and ideas to help you support teen pregnancy prevention and raise awareness in your community. 
Family and Youth Services Bureau: This Tip Sheet was developed for programs working with youth to help them design, implement, and maintain an effective referral system for youth-friendly sexual health services.
Center for Sex Education: A new study from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute found that the percentage of teens who have received a formal sex education dropped significantly between 2006 and 2013. In response, this blog posting explores where teens are self-educating about sexual health. And since we know that online media plays such a large role, also check out this list of top sexual health websites for teens.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service: USDA's summer meal programs, including the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option, rely on innovative and collaborative efforts to reach children in need. This Toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations interested in serving as Summer Meal champions in their communities at any level of program administration. It includes tips for getting the word out through community-based outreach, information on Program policy and administration, ideas for planning and collaborating with stakeholders, and shares Program resources and best practices.
The Guttmacher Institute: This report contains statistics for 2011 on the incidence of teenage pregnancy, birth, and abortion for the United States as a whole, with trends since 1973.

Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Technology Network and M+R: This report focuses on benchmarks for digital communications in the nonprofit domain. Registration is required for download.

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
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