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

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July 19, 2016 
ACT for Youth

Drawing on surveys and focus groups, Somjen Frazer discusses how LGBT youth describe school, home, and health care climates across New York State, as well as connections to health.
The ACT Youth Network NYC is a panel of young adult and teen consultants that meets monthly to provide youth perspectives on health-related media and research projects. Led by Sara Birnel Henderson and Michele Luc of ACT for Youth, meetings are held at the offices of Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City. The Network is available for consultation - contact act4youth@cornell.edu to discuss your project!

Professional Development

Webinar: August 10, 4:00 ET
The Dibble Institute: Working directly with teens to robustly build healthy relationship skills gives a unique and positive approach for primary and secondary dating violence prevention with males and females. This webinar will review the research on comprehensive relationship education as it relates to teen dating violence; explore how relationship education positively impacts other outcomes for adolescents; and share strategies that participants can use to bring evidence-based relationship skills to their schools and communities.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: This online course introduces program managers and youth workers to the symptoms and effects of trauma on youth and families. Participants will learn to recognize the signs of trauma, identify factors that make young people more or less resilient, and how to provide care tailored to individual needs.

Research and Resources                                  

CDC: The results of the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are now online.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation: This report finds that today's youth are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. With smart policies and investments in prevention, a record number of teens are making positive choices. The 2016 report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for policymakers.
SIECUS:  This Toolkit combines the many excellent existing resources about PrEP and HIV with new content developed by experts in the field. The Expert Work Group, convened by SIECUS, focused on addressing issues surrounding PrEP delivery and contributed to the development of this online resource to support primary care providers in educating, counseling, and offering PrEP to their young patients.
Child Trends: The proportion of 12th-graders who report having abstained from cigarettes, alcohol, or illicit drugs for the last 30 days is the highest ever recorded, as of 2014 (latest data available). See additional trends in this databank report.
US Department of Agriculture: USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children aged 18 and under continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This resource sheet includes a range of resources for involvement, including a link to the summer meal site locator tool, which can help children, parents, and community leaders locate sites serving summer meals near them.
University of Minnesota Extension: This issue brief examines the relationship between youth program quality and the development of social and emotional skills. The brief outlines the complementary and highly compatible nature of these two efforts in youth programs, and suggests that youth program quality assessments are often a good proxy for a program's ability to provide environments and experiences where positive social and emotional skills and beliefs can be developed.
SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative: This infographic provides key statistics and information to help the public recognize the signs of child traumatic stress.
Child Trends: Employment rates for youth (ages 16-24) have rebounded slightly since 2010, but mainly for those youth not in school. Rates of employment for those enrolled in high school or college have shown little change since the recent economic recession. See additional trends in this databank report


Department of Housing and Urban Development: The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.
Deadline: September 14

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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