Update from ACT for Youth
Youth Development Research, Resources, Opportunities
September 2022
Featured Resources
Young People and Abortion in New York State
Do young New Yorkers know that abortion continues to be their legal right in New York State? Here ACT for Youth provides the basics on the post-Roe landscape in NYS and links to resources for finding and paying for abortion services.

Building on Community Strengths for Health and Justice
The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health (BWIAH) convened a virtual Provider Meeting in July of 2022. Recordings from the 3-day event are available on the ACT for Youth website. Highlights included Building More Than Trust, an exciting keynote panel from Vera House on how anti-oppression and anti-racism work are vital to relationships with community partners, and Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg's keynote Integrating Self-Care with Our Real Lives.

Research and Resources
Monkeypox FAQs: Schools & Childcare

Centers for Disease Control: At this time, the risk of Monkeypox to children and adolescents in the United States is low. However, this resource answers frequently asked questions about Monkeypox for administrators and staff of K-12 schools, early care and education programs, camps, and other community settings serving children or adolescents.
Six Facts About the Teenage Brain

We Think Twice: A new article sharing six brain facts to help teens understand how many of their experiences can be explained by the physical changes going on inside their heads.
The Impact of Juvenile Justice System Involvement on the Health and Well-Being of Communities of Color

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Involvement with the juvenile justice system can impact young people's physical and mental health and well-being throughout their lives, as well as the health and well-being of their families and communities. Youth of color are more likely to become involved with the juvenile justice system, and suffer worse outcomes in sentencing, during incarceration, and after release. Follow the link below for workshop proceedings from a roundtable of experts that convened to discuss this important topic.

Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey

Youth-serving staff and volunteers are making a difference every day. Through the Power of Us Workforce Survey, youth-serving staff and volunteers can contribute to a national effort to explore, define, and elevate the youth fields workforce and their essential work with youth.
Elevate Youth Programming Podcast

Family and Youth Services Bureau: Elevate Youth Programming is a podcast for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention programs and other youth-serving agencies. Each episode discusses best practices, tips, and strategies to strengthen programming.

Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty

Child Trends has released a new report that explores the historic decline in child poverty in the U.S. Along side this groundbreaking report is an interactive data tool that allows you to explore your state's trends.
Professional Development
Grounded Program Design: Anti-Oppression Approaches

Seachange Collective: This workshop will introduce you to a six-step approach that helps you develop and implement projects, programs, and initiatives based in community needs and justice – rather than assumed knowledge and charity. Facilitators will guide participants in reflecting on their experiences, the first four steps of the grounded program design process, and the complexities of anti-oppression work and social justice practice.

When: Wed, Oct 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – Wed, Nov 2, 2022, 4:00 PM EDT

Youth Justice Action Month Webinar

Join the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), and the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) to learn more about the history of Youth Justice Action Month and actions we can each take during October and beyond to create brighter futures for the nation's youth.

When: October 3, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
This newsletter was developed with funding provided by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the ACT for Youth Center for Community Action and do not necessarily represent the views of the New York State Department of Health.