Update from ACT for Youth
Youth Development Research, Resources, Opportunities
June 2022
Featured Resources

Youth Statistics:
Internet and Social Media

How do the stats break down when it comes to youth online? We've compiled the latest information here.
Toolkit: Teens and Media

In this part of the Adolescent Development Toolkit, we link to resources on digital media, youth development, and health; digital safety and citizenship; incorporating tech into programming, and more.
Research and Resources
Me and My Emotions

The Dibble Institute: Me and My Emotions - A free resource for teens to use independently to deal with the stresses in their lives, including the pandemic. From Dibble: “Me and My Emotions empowers people ages 13+ by building resilience skills. Its lessons and activities are adapted for the web from The Dibble Institute’s Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience program.
How to Talk to Kids about Bullying: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Stopbullying.gov: Children who experienced or witnessed bullying may want to discuss it with their parents, but not know how to bring it up. Some children may be afraid that they’ll be “in trouble” for what happened. Others may feel embarrassment or shame. A parent may notice changes in their child’s behavior and find it difficult to talk about it in a way that doesn’t make their child feel uncomfortable. These tips will help parents and caregivers better navigate those challenging conversations.
The Trevor Project: National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

The Trevor Project: The third annual survey provides new data on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care disparities, discrimination, food insecurity, conversion therapy, and suicide on LGBTQ youth. It also includes data on the benefits of LGBTQ-affirming spaces and respecting the pronouns of transgender and nonbinary youth.
Mental Health of Black Girls: The Case for Gender-Specific and Culturally Affirming Services

National Black Women's Justice Institute: Racism has critical implications for Black adolescent girls’ mental health. Instead of addressing the mental health needs of Black girls, they are punished and criminalized. This fact sheet makes the case for services that are meant to address the important and specific needs of this population.
Relationships and Equitable Environments: Meeting Young People Where They Are

Search Institute: Creating more equitable climates in our classrooms and programs takes knowledge, investment, and resources. Search Institute’s Rooted in Relationships model is a research-based approach for understanding how to build a strong web of relationships that includes youth, teachers, program leaders and staff, families, and other adults. Read more to learn how relationships can thrive in this fertile ground.
Full-Service Community Schools Are Critical Investments for Children and Families in Poverty

Child Trends: Full-service community schools (FSCSs)—schools that integrate social and health services, extended learning opportunities, family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership—were able to effectively provide many families in challenging financial circumstances with meals and other basic needs during the pandemic. Read more to learn about the importance of FSCSs from Child Trends.
Professional Development
2022 PASE Annual Conference - Workshop Proposal

PASE: PASE's 2022 summer conference is back in person and they are looking for experienced facilitators to present relevant, timely, and engaging content. Their primary audience is afterschool educators and leaders, and the conference is an opportunity to re-energize the field and highlight strategies, practices, and partnerships to foster quality afterschool programs. Sessions are 90 minutes, and will focus on a range of topics including anti-racism and equity, staff hiring, onboarding, and retention, building effective teams, restorative approaches to addressing conflict, effective interventions for literacy and math, and more!

When: July 30, 2022

Brown Girls Do College Scholarship

Do you know a college student that could use some extra financial support? The annual Brown Girls Do Inc College Scholarship is a $1,000.00 scholarship awarded to full-time college undergraduate students across any field of study*. Priority will be given to a first-generation student from a racial/ethnic minority background, who demonstrates financial need however, we invite all who qualify to apply. This scholarship is open to U.S. residents only.

Deadline: June 30, 2022
Enhancing School Capacity To Address Youth Violence

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Fiscal Year 2022 Enhancing School Capacity To Address Youth Violence program supports efforts to address youth violence through evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts in a school-based setting.

Deadline: June 28, 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.