Update from ACT for Youth
Youth Development Research, Resources, Opportunities
January 2022
Featured Resources
Youth Programming Resources
If we want to deliver effective youth programming, it's important to take adolescent development into account. This toolkit includes resources about how youth learn, program planning, activities and strategies that can be integrated into programming, and how to find evidence-based curricula.
To set the stage for learning and development, our program environments must be safe and inclusive. Here we offer resources to help professionals assess their own biases, address bias and inclusion in programming and classrooms, and create inclusive environments.
Research and Resources
Race, Identity, & Belonging at Work: A Virtual Summit

America's Promise: When young people think about what it looks like to bring their full selves to work, they picture workplaces that practice empathy, respect, good communication, and honesty. This youth summit focuses on creating diverse and inclusive workplaces for all.
Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation

HHS.gov: The Surgeon General’s Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation provides specific guidance and resources for health care providers, educators, librarians, faith leaders, and trusted community members to understand, identify, and stop the spread of health misinformation in their communities.
A Call to Action to Ensure All Young People Thrive

Search Institute: This learning opportunity will help schools and out-of-school programs identify and reflect on the components of a relationship-rich culture critical to supporting and sustaining youth-adult relationships.
Using Photos to Capture Young Adults’ Experiences with Positive Youth Development

Child Trends: While some job training programs have employed Positive Youth Development (PYD) as an approach for working with young adult clients and their unique situations, qualitative research on PYD has generally not incorporated these young people’s own perspectives. For this project, Child Trends has used photovoice—a method that draws out youth voice through photo-based prompts—to learn how young people themselves feel about their experiences with Positive Youth Development.
Redesigned Tribal Youth Resource Center Website

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has launched a new website that provides enhanced features and serves as a portal to tribal youth-specific prevention and intervention resources to support OJJDP tribal grantees and interested communities.
Professional Development
Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Reactions to COVID-19-Related Deaths

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 800,000 deaths in the United States, with more than 140,000 children losing a parent or primary caregiver to COVID-19-related deaths. Due to the nature of these deaths, many children may develop traumatic stress reactions that contribute to problematic grief responses. This webinar will describe aspects of COVID-19-related deaths that can contribute to children’s traumatic stress reactions, with an emphasis on developmental considerations and behavioral health disparities.

Date: January 20, 12:00 PM EST
Creating a Safe School and Community Environment for Youth, Part 2: Mitigating Microaggressions and Implicit Bias

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host this webinar as part of OJJDP’s Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative webinar series.

Date: January 20, 2:00 PM EST
The Helping Project, Black American
Engineering Scholarship

The Helping Project Corp. is dedicated to creating diversity in the field of engineering and further dismantling institutional racism toward Black Americans in STEM careers.This scholarship aims to provide a pathway to achievement for Black Americans pursuing careers in civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering.

Deadline: January 31, 2022
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.