Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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March 1, 2017  
New from ACT for Youth

Janis Whitlock and colleagues summarize what research tells us about three ways young people use technology to explore sexuality: pornography, sexting, and mobile dating applications.
In this article, Elizabeth Schroeder discusses the need for conversations about consent "early and often," and offers tips for educating children and youth on the topic.

Here ACT for Youth has curated resources regarding teen dating violence and how to help youth build positive relationships.
Professional Development

Webinar: March 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Healthy People 2020: Learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health Leading Health Indicators. You'll also hear how one community organization is implementing the Sources of Strength Program to prevent suicide among youth.
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 Breaking Down the Components of Quality Relationships
Search Institute: This info-graphic creates a framework for building developmental relationships.

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States: The Basics
Kaiser FF: This fact sheet covers some of the basic figures of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.

Department of Justice Launches Changing Minds Campaign
DOJ: New research shows that witnessing traumatic events, like domestic violence, shootings, or even fighting, can impact the physical development of a child's brain - potentially leading to lifelong health and social issues. But you can help reverse the effects. This Changing Minds interactive info-graphic will teach you about the science of childhood trauma, and how five everyday gestures can make a world of difference.

Urban Institute: This report focuses on LGBTQ youth who become involved in the commercial sex market to meet basic survival needs, describing their physical, mental, and sexual health issues, substance use, and experiences with service providers.
Turning data into policy: Child Trends' recommendations
Child Trends: This blog post covers the ways in which programs can use data to implement changes in policy.

MyPlate is Here for You During National Nutrition Month!®
MyPlate: March is National Nutrition Month┬«, and MyPlate.gov is offering tools, tip sheets, videos, and other resources for improving nutrition. 
Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
DHHS: This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children.
Deadline: 5/7/2020 
Minority Youth Violence Prevention II (MYVP II): Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Community Policing Approaches
 DHHS: MYVP is intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating public health and community policing approaches to reduce disparities in access to public health services, reduce violent crimes, and improve the health and well-being of at-risk minority male youth in targeted communities of color through a joint collaborative that includes a public health agency and law enforcement agency.
Deadline: 4/4/2017

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
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