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Youth Development Program Toolkit: Resources for Program Planning

Good programs don't just happen. Here, ACT for Youth collects resources to help youth development professionals and organizations think through and plan for effective programming.

Youth Engagement

Meaningful youth engagement will take you miles toward the positive outcomes you seek. Here you will find resources for:

Logic Models

A logic model is a powerful tool and process for program design, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement.

Youth Development Activity Toolkits

Activity Toolkits direct youth program planners to curricula, program practices, activities, and other resources in the following areas:


Creating a program environment that fosters a sense of belonging takes intentionality and active preparation.

Using a Trauma-Informed Approach

A trauma-informed approach to programming means understanding, recognizing, preparing for, and responding to the effects trauma may have on program participants — and staff. Resources for sexual health educators are included.

Evidence-Based Programs

If you are looking for an evidence-based program or practice that will help you achieve positive outcomes with youth participants, these guides and clearinghouse sites may help.