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Mentoring

Youth-produced Media in Community Change Efforts

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief examines best practices for using youth-produced media as part of a community change effort.

Youth in Decision Making: A Study on the Impacts of Youth on Adults and Organizations

Based on interviews with yout and adults from 15 organizations, the 61-page research report reflects the first significant research on the impacts young people have on adults and organizations when they are involved in significant decision-making roles.

Transitions: Turning Risks into Opportunities for Student Support

This Introductory Packet provides readings and related activities on support for transitions to address barriers to student learning covering both research and best practices. It explores why transitions are dangerous opportunities that can disrupt or promote development.

Tunnels & Cliffs: A Guide for Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs

This guide provides practical information and resources for youth service professionals and policymakers, from the program to the state level, with information to help them address system and policy obstacles in order to improve service delivery systems for youth with mental health needs. The guide provides the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Mental Health Needs which includes all the elements of the original Guideposts as well as additional specific needs relating to youth with mental health needs.

Using Camp to Bolster Youth-driven Community Change

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief describes how a summer camp experience can be used as a strategy to support a community change initiative.

Success for life: A call for collaborative action on behalf of Massachusetts Youth

The following report is presented by the Action Planning team as a collaborative action plan on behalf of Massachusetts youth. Developed with input, advice and ideas from more than 100 citizens from across the state as well as the resources, studies and best practices of countless youth organizations and initiatives, this call for collaborative action is responsive to the needs and challenges of individuals, communities and the Commonwealth.

Toward Making Good on All Youth

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief examines ways to engage underrepresented youth populations in community youth development. A set of key principles is developed based on lessons from field research. 

Teaching Mental and Emotional Fitness

There are three life skills from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy that we could and should be teaching young people that we aren't. 1) To have Unconditional Self and Other Acceptance 2) To have an Internal Locus of Control 3) To recognize and correct irrational thinking.

Peacing it Together: The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities

The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum supports students (K-6) in developing the social and emotional competencies that are key to their success in the classroom and beyond. The musical curriculum and accompanying experiential activities teach students vital skills about conflict resolution, social justice, community, diversity, interconnectedness, and peacemaking.

RENEW

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) is a community-based, person centered planning and secondary transition model for youth with emotional and behavioral disporders. Using the principles of wraparound, RENEW has helped over 300 youth in New Hampshire to finish high school, go to college and obtain employment. A project of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, RENEW is currently being implemented as the intensive level intervention in high schools that are implementing PBIS, and in community mental health centers.