ACT for Youth

Working with Adolescents

Understanding Adolescence

Adolescent Development

Adolescent Development Toolkit
ACT for Youth: The Toolkit connects to articles, presentations, and other resources in the areas of Domains of Development (cognitive, social, emotional, and physical/sexual development), Risk Taking, and Identity Development.

Gender and Sexuality

Understanding Sexual Development
ACT for Youth: Healthy sexual development involves biological, psychological, and socio-cultural processes. This article provides a brief overview of healthy sexual development.

Demographics: Sexual Health
ACT for Youth: Updated annually, Demographics: Sexual Health provides selected statistics on sexual orientation, romantic relationships and sexual experience, risky behaviors, and more.

How Do LGBT Youth in New York State Talk about Gender and Sexual Orientation?
ACT for Youth: LGBT youth in New York State go beyond male and female, straight and gay when asked about their own gender and sexual orientation identities. In this article, the authors discuss the fluid nature of identity labelling and provide examples.

How Are Youth Using Technology to Explore Sexuality Today?
ACT for Youth: This article summarizes what research tells us about three ways young people use technology to explore sexuality: pornography, sexting, and mobile dating applications.

Redefining Gender
National Geographic Magazine: This glossary was prepared in consultation with the coauthors of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit.

The Lounge: Professionals and Providers
Gender Spectrum: This online forum is for all service providers who seek to create gender-inclusive environments for all youth. To join, you must register on the website and request group membership. Similar groups are available for teens and parents.

The Positive Youth Development Approach

Principles of Youth Development
ACT for Youth: Positive youth development is not just another program. It is a framework that guides communities in the way they organize services, opportunities, and supports so that young people can develop to their full potential.

PYD 101 Online Courses
Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 Online is a series of short courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals. Each course can be completed in about 30 minutes. Six courses are available: Principles of PYD; Puberty and Adolescence; Youth and Technology; Youth Development Programming; Youth Voice and Engagement; and Youth Work Ethics.

What is Youth Engagement, Really?
ACT for Youth: Youth engagement is the result when young people take responsible, challenging actions to create positive social change.

Youth-Adult Partnership for Change
ACT for Youth: Here we provide several resources to clarify what youth-adult partnership is and how to create and manage a successful partnership.

Understanding HIV/STD/HCV Among Adolescents


HIV Among Youth
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Here the CDC provides the most recent statistics on youth and HIV/AIDS.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: This comprehensive site includes all the basics of HIV transmission, testing, and treatment, as well as prevention marketing resources, funding and learning opportunities, and more. Visit blog posts and other resources tagged Youth.

ACT for Youth: Here you can review the basics of HIV/AIDS, including information on PEP and PrEP and a presentation for health educators.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Adolescents and Young Adults
CDC: The CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one-quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. Here the CDC provides information about the impact of STDs on youth as well as resources for reaching this population.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
ACT for Youth: This article reviews common STDs and gives basic information about prevention. It also provides links to additional resources.

STD Basics for Health Educators
ACT for Youth: This presentation by Dr. Taylor Starr provides an overview of common STDs, including statistics for the U.S. and New York State, modes of transmission, symptoms, testing, treatment, long-term complications, and prevention strategies.

HCV and Injection Drug Use

Viral Hepatitis--A Very Real Consequence of Substance Use
National Institute on Drug Abuse: This article provides an introduction to hepatitis and the relationship between drug use and these diseases.

Hepatitis C & Injection Drug Use (PDF)
CDC: This fact sheet briefly covers HCV symptoms, transmission, and prevention.

Hepatitis C and Young People Who Inject Drugs (PDF)
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors: This fact sheet reviews HCV statistics and trends among youth.

Compounding Risk: Sexual Minority Youth & Injection Drug Use
AIDS United: This blog post discusses the CDC finding that a much higher percentage of sexual minority male high school students have injected drugs than their heterosexual counterparts. For the original research, visit Conference Reports for NATAP. This study of high school students also documents that while heterosexual males are more likely to have had intercourse, male students who have had sex with other males are more likely to have had sex with four or more partners and less likely to use condoms.