Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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December 16, 2016 
New from ACT for Youth

Zika: What You Need to Know
Zika continues to be a serious concern in parts of the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and the Pacific Islands. Young people who live in or travel to these areas may not be aware that Zika virus can be transmitted sexually weeks after exposure. Written for youth, this handout emphasizes the risks of sexual transmission.
Professional Development

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Training
Join the instructor to review self-injury contexts, epidemiology, function, vectors for contagion and spread, and strategies for detection, intervention and prevention. The focus is on self-injury in community (non-clinical) populations of youth.

Research and Resources                                  

Ending Youth Homelessness: A Guidebook Series
HUD Exchange: This Guidebook Series is designed for Continuum of Care (CoC) stakeholders and practitioners to use directly and to engage essential local partners in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Violence Reduction Clearinghouse
The Department of Justice Violence Reduction Network has introduced an online
clearinghouse that allows users to build and download a custom toolkit of evidence-based strategies, best practices, training, technical assistance, publications, and more to help reduce violence.     

An Open Letter To Young people Across America
America's Promise Alliance was joined by hundreds of other youth-serving organizations in its open letter to American youth.

Birth Control Delivery Service
The Pill Club: A new online pharmacy that prescribes and delivers birth control to women.

Advancing LGBT Health and Well-being
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): This report highlights some of the most noteworthy HHS accomplishments in this area over the past six years, as well as steps the Department will continue to take in addressing LGBT health disparities moving forward.

Keys to Student Motivation
Search Institute: In this blog, Eric Kalenze,Search's Director of Education Solutions, discusses some of the keys to keeping students motivated. 

Help Fight Campus Sexual Assault With This App
Capptivation, Inc.: This app helps campus sexual assault survivors connect with the appropriate resources for information and support. 
Birth Control Choices Fact Sheet
Reproductive Health Access Project: This infographic compares different birth control choices including pros, cons, and side effects.  
A grant from the Department of Justice to help agencies develop effective responses to technology-facilitated crimes against children.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Carol M. White Physical Education Program
Department of Education: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including before school, after school, and summer programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
 Deadline: Rolling 

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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