Update from ACT for Youth Center of Excellence

Youth Development Opportunities, Research, and Resources 
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March 24, 2017  
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Summarizing six systematic reviews, Mary Maley outlines what is known -- and not yet known -- about the effectiveness of peer education in the field of adolescent sexual health.
Professional Development

 Providing Inclusive Care for LGBTQ Patients
Essential Access Health: This free online course covers background data on health disparities impacting LGBTQ populations and best practices for providing LGBTQ-inclusive and adolescent-friendly services, with a heavy emphasis on sexual history-taking and STD/HIV screening.

Empowering Disconnected Youth: The Protective Factors of Healthy Relationship Education
Webinar: April 12, 2017 4:00 PM ET
Dibble Institute: This webinar identifies risk factors that foster youth and runaway, homeless youth experience and how healthy relationship education offers protective factors that empower them to make healthier choices for their futures. 
Research and Resources                                  

Kaiser: This brief discusses 10 ways that women could be affected if the ACA is repealed or its provisions are otherwise eliminated or modified, including through changes proposed in the House Republican replacement bill, the American Health Care Act.

Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives for Adolescents
Journal of Adolescent Health: This review explores the scientific issues and regulatory processes involved in switching oral contraceptives to over-the-counter status for minor adolescents.

Journal of Adolescent Research:  For young men, the transition to adulthood may be a time of heightened adherence to traditional gender roles and norms of masculinity. However, recent research with young men in gender-specific contexts has indicated that some contexts support a construction of masculinity that is more inclusive. This research explores if and how participants talked about gender and its role in their lives.

Flourishing From the Start: What Is It and How Can It Be Measured?
Child Trends:  Substantial evidence indicates that early investments to foster positive child development can reap large and lasting gains. But in order to implement and sustain policies and programs that help children flourish, it is crucial to accurately define, measure, and then monitor, "flourishing." 

The New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York State Education Department write to reaffirm to students, schools, families, and communities across the State of New York that our schools will remain safe havens where all students can learn.
The purpose of this guidance is to assist school districts in fostering an educational environment for all students that is safe and free from discrimination-regardless of sex, gender identity, or expression-and to facilitate compliance with local, state and federal laws concerning bullying, harassment, discrimination, and student privacy.  

Bedsider: This newly launched service allows women to enter their zip code to receive a listing of contraception service providers who can deliver one of several birth control options (usually hormonal methods like the pill, patch, ring, or emergency contraception) directly to their home. 
Minority Youth Violence Prevention Project Grants
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health is offering grants to support programs that integrate public health and law enforcement, offer evidence-based violence prevention strategies and interventions, and incorporate culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to reduce disparities in access to public health services, reduce violent crimes, and improve the health and wellbeing of communities of color in communities with greater prevalence of youth violence.
Deadline: March 31, 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
actforyouth.net and the ACT Youth Network at nysyouth.net
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