Update from ACT for Youth
Youth Development Research, Resources, Opportunities
March 2023
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Building Healthy Life Skills
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Research and Resources
Now Available: Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report

The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2011-2021 is now available. This report provides surveillance data from 2021, as well as 10-year trends from 2011 through 2021, on behaviors and experiences among high school students in the United States related to health and well-being.
Fast Frames: A New Video Series From FrameWorks

FrameWorks: A new series of mini-videos featuring quick advice that you can use to more strategically and effectively frame your messages. Regardless of the issues you care about, effective framing can make all the difference when it comes to what people hear, and how they feel and act as a result.
Mentoring in the Mountains – An Impactful Approach to Positive Youth Development

National Mentoring Resource Center: Since 1993, SOS Outreach, a national positive youth development organization, has evolved from providing youth access to skiing and snowboarding to now offering a robust multi-year group mentoring curriculum across 24 mountain resorts in 9 states. SOS engages youth from underserved communities and uses mountain sports and positive mentorship as a medium to teach core values and develop leadership skills.
Essentials for Parenting Teens

CDC: Essentials for Parenting Teens is a free online resource for parents and caregivers of youth between the ages of 11 and 17. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed extensive research to identify the best approaches to parenting teens and talked to the experts—both recognized leaders in the parenting field and parents themselves—to create articles, videos, and activities parents and caregivers can use.
Discussing Police Brutality With Young People

LiberatED: In response to the death of Tyre Nichols, LiberatED has created guidelines for how to talk about police brutality with young people.
Looking Across Sectors at Strategies for Supporting Rural Youth and Families Tool-Kit

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform: This tool kit provides an overview of barriers that rural communities face in preventing youth involvement in the juvenile justice system. It also provides examples of innovative practices serving justice-involved youth and their families in rural communities that can be adapted by other juvenile justice practitioners.
Supporting Vulnerable and At-Risk Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention seeks to support the establishment of a pilot demonstration program to develop, implement, and build replicable treatment models for residential-based innovative care, treatment, and services. The primary population served by such pilot programs will include adolescents and youth transitioning out of foster care who have experienced a history of foster care involvement, child poverty, child abuse or neglect, human trafficking, juvenile justice system involvement, substance use or misuse, or gang involvement.

Deadline: May 3, 2023
National Mentoring Programs

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention seeks to fund national mentoring organizations to enhance and expand mentoring services for children and youth who are at risk or high risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement. This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth populations that are at risk or high risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement.

Deadline: May 1, 2023
This newsletter was developed with funding provided by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Perinatal, Reproductive, and Sexual 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.