Update from ACT for Youth
Youth Development Research, Resources, Opportunities
June 2021
Featured Resources
Dating Violence
ACT for Youth: Here we connect educators, parents, and youth to key resources on teen dating violence. Included in the roundup are hotlines, fact sheets, curricula, tools for understanding warning signs and making safety plans, and tips on how to help a person in a troubled relationship. Links are also provided to resources on helping youth build healthy relationships.
Research and Resources
Why Aren't Kids a Policy Priority?

FrameWorks: The United States ranks 37 out of 41 on UNICEF’s 2020 report card that measures the progress of wealthy countries in meeting child-related sustainable development goals, such as clean water and sanitation and freedom from poverty and hunger. Why the U.S. ranks so poorly can, in part, be attributed to the fact that children’s issues are not often connected to larger policy agendas. This work is the first in a series of reports that will help change the way we talk about kids and the policies needed to ensure children’s rights and wellbeing.
South Bronx United: Connecting With Kids on and off the Field During COVID-19

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recognizes National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champions for their commitment to supporting safe, fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate, and accessible youth sports opportunities. This blog post is part of a series highlighting NYSS Champions that have found new and creative ways to engage their communities in physical activity and sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Educational Supports and Experiences in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program

A new report examines the education services received by youth in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program. These youth enter the program with a variety of educational experiences and often face challenges to graduating from high school before aging out of graduation eligibility in their state. However, many youth report positive experiences in schools, and program staff often use creative solutions to connect them with the services, supports, and resources they need to thrive.
What Does a Relationship-Rich Organization Look Like?

Search Institute: Can youth organizations become more intentional and inclusive in nurturing developmental relationships, particularly with and among young people in marginalized communities? Search Institute spent three years working with partners exploring strategies and testing tools that would help to answer that question.

Child Trends: Using U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey data, Child Trends researchers found that households with children are more likely than those without children to report being behind on their rent or mortgage payments. To prevent families from experiencing housing instability and homelessness, policymakers should capitalize on the critical resources for families included in the American Rescue Plan, such as emergency rental and mortgage assistance.
The State of Youth Employment

America's Promise: Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth unemployment has spiked dramatically, and the ensuing economic fallout has widened the longstanding employment gap between young people and the rest of the working population. To better understand young people’s experiences navigating these challenges, the Center for Promise at America’s Promise Alliance surveyed more than 3,500 people aged 16-24 about their professional journeys over the past year. This report outlines major findings from the study.
Professional Development
Virtual Gathering on Suicide Prevention

Child Trends and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) will host a virtual gathering of education and health leaders working to prevent youth suicide at the state level. The event will consist of a brief presentation on state actions related to suicide prevention; a panel discussion with leaders from Maryland, Utah, and Montana; and topical breakout discussion rooms that will allow participants to dig deeper into areas of interest and share questions and solutions with peers from other states.

Date: June 24, 3:00 PM EST
Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer
America's Promise: The Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer is a leadership and service opportunity provided to youth age 13-19 during summer 2021. Through this challenge, America’s Promise puts funds directly in the hands of young people who want to make a difference in their communities. To apply for a $300 mini-grant, young people should identify a need in their communities and share an idea for a service project to address it. In addition to building their own leadership, service, and career skills, grant winners will make a meaningful impact in their communities.

Deadline: Rolling
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.