Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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May 23, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

Growth mindsets support learning, while fixed mindsets can make us reluctant to challenge ourselves. How can youth work professionals encourage growth mindsets among adolescents?

Professional Development

Web Conference: May 31, 3:00 ET
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB): This DataSpeak program will present recent data from national surveys and data sets on access, health status, and mortality patterns for children and youth in rural areas, along with resources and information on improving the health of these populations.

Research and Resources                                  

Child Trends: The transition from childhood to adulthood is a challenge in the best of circumstances. Find out what the research tells us about the unique circumstances of this transition for foster care youth.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: As fewer people use desktops and mobile use increases, apps can help youth avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in innovative ways. This slideshow shares a handful of free apps doing just that.
Baltimore City Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative: Choosing a birth control method is no easy task, especially for teens who may be nervous or unsure how to learn about their available options. This website, designed to empower youth to make informed decisions about sex, gives youth access to medically based, teen-friendly information.
SAMHSA, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative: This playlist of videos includes public service announcements (PSAs) that help people to better understand child traumatic stress and the importance of support in a child's recovery. There are two versions, and both are available in English and Spanish.
University of Michigan Health System, Adolescent Health Initiative: Parents of teens usually agree that it's important to build independence in their teens, but many don't have a clear picture of how to do this in a healthcare setting and how to prepare their teens for a lifetime of investing in their own health. This series of videos is for teens, parents, and providers to help teens navigate their healthcare.
SAMHSA, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative: This infographic provides key statistics and information to help the public recognize the signs of child traumatic stress.
Youth.gov: Youth who have aged out of foster care no longer receive services provided through the child welfare system because they have reached the state's legal age of adulthood -- this age ranges from 18 to 25 years, with most states defining adulthood as beginning at age 18. Read about the challenges that these youth face, as well as solutions to these challenges, in this research brief.


The Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the availability of funding for approximately 38 grants to programs providing street-based prevention services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at-risk of, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. Grantees of the Street Outreach Program provide services in areas where street youth congregate, in order to help them make healthy choices and provide them access to shelter. This funding opportunity is a 36-month project with three 12-month budget periods.
Application Deadline: July 5, 2016

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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