Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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Professional Development
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September 28, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

For a statistical profile of adolescents in the U.S., visit the popular Demographics section on the ACT for Youth website. All topics are newly updated for 2016 and include the latest data from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
When you are looking for data specific to New York State or your NYS region, county, or community, we've curated data sources to get you started.
Professional Development

LARCs: Access, Coercion and Reproductive Justice
Webinar: October 5th, 1:00 ET 
SisterSong and National Women's Health Network:This webinar will look at the increased focus on long acting, reversible contraception (LARC) as it relates to the way people are counseled, who is targeted for LARCs, and the barriers that exist for some people who want to use these methods. 

Research and Resources                                  

To Give and Receive
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth: Gina Martin, director of outreach services at Covenant House New Orleans, shares advice about how she, and others, can make sure they're making an impact on youth they serve in this new podcast. 
Five Must-Haves for Disaster Preparedness at Youth- and Family-Serving Organizations 
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth: Natural disasters can  
upend even the most stable lives. They hit particularly hard for people whose lives are difficult even in non-disastrous times. In recognition of National Disaster Preparedness Month, here are five important tips you can use to help prevent catastrophe from further harming the youth and families you work with.

Search Institute:  When it comes to nurturing young people, we struggle individually and collectively both to protect them from harm, and to empower them. This blog post explores the challenges and ways in which caretakers can strike this difficult balance. 
Child Trends:  In some regards, societal norms are shifting toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. But a new study from the CDC found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students (the report didn't include transgender youth) still face significant obstacles to their well-being. This blog post makes the case for better assessments of LGBT youth, and the steps researchers are already taking.
Michigan State University maintains this compilation of resources for nonprofits seeking funding opportunities related to children and youth.

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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