Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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ACT for Youth Resource
Professional Development
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January 13, 2017  
New from ACT for Youth

ACT for Youth is excited to announce a new web-based learning opportunity. Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 Online is a series of short courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals, volunteers, and advocates. These stand-alone, interactive courses may be taken in any order. Each course can be completed in about 30 minutes. Courses are open to all; registration is required. There are currently four courses available: Principles of PYD, Puberty and Adolescence, Youth and Technology, and Youth Voice and Engagement

Professional Development

Webinar: January 30, 2017 2:00 ET
OJJDP, in conjunction with MANY and the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT), will present an interactive webinar to deepen participants' understanding of commercial sexual exploitation. This 90-minute workshop will discuss specific circumstances that put individuals at risk of victimization and what helps them survive, and even thrive, despite experiences of abuse and exploitation.

Planned Parenthood of New York City's Training Institute
provides training and resources to professionals who want to stay up-to-date on sexual and reproductive health topics.
Research and Resources                                  

Answer: This report covers 19 sexual and reproductive health apps and web-based tools and offers recommendations for how best to reach young people online with sexual health information.

Confidentiality Concerns and Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Among Adolescents and Young Adults Aged 15-25
NCHS: This report describes two measures related to confidentiality concerns and sexual and reproductive health care. Confidentiality concerns can impact adolescent and young adults' access to sexual and reproductive health services. 
Child Trends: These 5 critical facts about racial and ethnic disparities in special education can help educators, school communities, and education officials understand the issues facing students of color with disabilities.

Digital Storytelling for Change
AIDS.gov: A new video series from the HHS Office of Minority Health uses digital storytelling to personalize the issue of health disparities and encourage a collective response to help end them.

What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens website provides youth-friendly facts, activities, and other resources on prescription drug abuse.
Does the Twitterverse Know About Your Event?
This blog from AIDS.gov discusses ways to use Twitter in order to share information and awareness about issues relating to HIV/AIDS and any other topic that might be relevant to your organization.
Deadline: February 17, 2017
New York Life Foundation: Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for a new competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs help their middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade.

Deadline: February 17, 2017
The HRSA, MCHB, and DSCH, are funding a State Public Health Coordinating Center for Autism to support and assist 50 states and nine jurisdictions in developing state-wide systems of care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or are at risk for developing autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

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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