Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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June 20, 2016 
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LGBTQ Inclusion in Youth Program Environments
Those who work with youth have an opportunity and a responsibility to address the needs of LGBTQ young people. In this edition of PrACTice Matters, L. Maurer outlines strategies for making program environments more inclusive.

Competencies in Youth Work
What does it take to be a good youth worker? Here we discuss core competency areas and the need to build expertise through deliberate practice.

Professional Development

Answer sex ed, honestly: This online workshop will provide the most up-to-date information available about teen and adolescent pregnancy, as well as how the risk and reality of teen and adolescent pregnancy affects young people's lives. The goal of this workshop is to increase knowledge, comfort, and competency for health education professionals working with middle- and high school-age students regarding teen and adolescent pregnancy.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: This online course highlights the symptoms and impact of traumatic experiences on children and youth. It introduces users to the realities of traumatic stress, factors that make young people more or less resilient to traumatic experiences, and steps for providing care tailored to individual needs. The course also shows family- and youth-serving professionals how to recognize and minimize the signs of secondary trauma that can occur when hearing about the traumatic experiences of others.

Research and Resources                                  

Youth.gov: Family and community engagement comprises parents and youth-service providers, school staff, and community members working together to actively support and improve the academic achievement, social and behavioral development, and health of young people. Read more about, and access resources on, this youth topic here.
The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with other federal agencies, has created a comprehensive toolkit to help with the transition out of foster care. These young people need to be able to make independent decisions, advocate for themselves, manage financial or health concerns, and secure housing and transportation. The toolkit was created to help them overcome the significant barriers that can get in the way.
America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and Hart Research Associates: This report examines the growing problem of student homelessness by interviewing and surveying currently and formerly homeless students and the state coordinators and local liaisons assigned to help them. Read the full report, executive summary, and fact sheet here.
Greater than AIDS: Top social media stars educate young people in this YouTube series about HIV prevention and treatment.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: A recent study finds that sexually active teens are more likely to have discussed sex and relationships with their extended family than with their parents. Read about the biggest takeaways for youth programming in this research brief.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Try these activities and conversation starters to help youth develop money skills, habits, and attitudes that can serve them well as adults.
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services: The Office of Adolescent Health has highlighted 4 key resources for adolescent health. Topics include connecting youth to work experiences, service-learning opportunities, out-of-school time programs, and health services.
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse: This toolkit draws on lessons learned and resources used by fatherhood programs in diverse locales throughout the nation. Whether you have been supporting fathers for years, or are just beginning a program, the resources provided here can strengthen your efforts to improve the lives of families in your communities.


The Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB's) Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is accepting applications for its Basic Center Program. The purpose of the Basic Center Program is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians; have been forced to leave home; or other homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.
Deadline: July 5
The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families' (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces a 24 month demonstration project period to implement, enhance, and/or support a framework or model to promote the effective transition from homeless youth to self-sufficient young adults. The target populations are LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness between the ages of 16 to 21 and young adults who have left foster care after the age of 18 up to age 21, but may need alternative housing and services. Based on an assessment of community needs, prospective applicants may choose which population to serve or serve both.
Deadline: August 1

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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