Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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September 6, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

How Do LGBT Youth in New York State Talk about Gender and Sexual Orientation?
LGBT youth in New York State go beyond male, female, straight and gay when asked about their own gender and sexual orientation identities.  In this article, the authors discuss the fluid nature of identity labeling and provide examples 
Professional Development

This engaging and informative webinar focuses on strategies for effective contraceptive counseling. The webinar, which was presented live in June, 2016, was facilitated by Dr. Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, and sponsored by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
Answer's dynamic and highly interactive online professional development workshops allow you to set your own pace while learning about teen sexuality. You have one month to complete each workshop at times that are convenient for your busy schedule. 

Research and Resources                                  

Search Institute: These discussion starters encourage youth to think about who they are becoming and how they can be intentional in working toward a positive future. They can be used with youth in your school, organization, home, or community, and in one-on-one or group settings.
Questions on How to Support Homeless Students?
America's Promise summarizes new protections for homeless students taking effect this year under the Every Student Succeeds Act.  
What does it mean to share power with young people? According to Search Institute's research on developmental relationships, it might involve something as simple as showing mutual respect to a young person or as tangible as giving youth a voice in decision-making, collaborating with young people in solving problems, and giving them leadership opportunities. Here are Search Institute's 11 ways to start sharing power with the young people you know.
Thousands of young people are targets of bullying and cyberbullying every day, putting many at risk for outcomes such as depression or school absenteeism. Working with kids to create ways to address these issues is an important responsibility for adults.  This blog from StopBullying.gov discusses the effects of cyberbullying, and offers strategies to limit them.  
New Toolkit Helps Providers Prepare Transgender Youth for Employment
You may have experience helping youth develop job skills, but are you familiar with the unique needs of transgender youth for employment preparation? This NCFY post introduces the new Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit created by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.   

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence
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