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Posted: November 29, 2021

Application Deadline: December 13, 2021
Info Session Webinar: December 1, 2021, 3-4 pm ET
The Youth Catalyst Team (YCT) is a national leadership initiative for youth and young adults (ages 16-24) with lived expertise. YCT members operate as paid consultants: using their knowledge, skills, and vision to provide training and coaching, develop tools and resources, propel national awareness efforts, and create transformative change in youth programs, services, and systems. Learn more and apply.

Posted: November 18, 2021
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This Advisory reviews the evidence on prescription stimulant misuse among youth and young adults. It establishes prescription stimulant misuse as a public health problem, identifies associated risk and protective factors, and provides programs and action steps for stakeholders to prevent misuse. Learn more.

Posted: November 12, 2021
Agencies & Departments:
Americorps

AmeriCorps has been recognized for outstanding performance in the Results for America’s 2021 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence. This award recognizes agencies which use data-driven decision making to get results for young people, their families, and communities and improve the impact of federal investments. AmeriCorps was highlighted for the agency’s use of data and evidence to increase the impact of national service grants in more than 40,000 communities to make our government as effective and efficient as possible. Learn more.

Posted: October 28, 2021
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This toolkit includes instructional resources you can use when teaching your workforce how to apply health literacy practices. Developed by Health Literacy Texas, the toolkit’s materials can be used when teaching in person or remotely. Learn more.

Posted: October 20, 2021
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This factsheet shares how agencies and offices across HHS are working together to advance behavioral health for children, youth, and their families, with an emphasis on youth mental health and substance use since taking office, including: ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, investing in community-based youth mental health and substance use care, increasing school-based behavioral health supports, and laying the groundwork for future improvements in youth mental health and substance use prevention and treatment. Learn more.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Multiple Federal Departments and Agencies and Non-Federal Organizations

If someone's life is in danger, call 911 or your local emergency number.

Below are crisis support services for specific needs: 

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This webpage shares how anniversaries of disasters and other trigger events may renew symptoms of emotional distress in survivors and provides tips to help cope with renewed stress as an anniversary approaches or when trigger events suddenly occur. Learn more.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

This report builds from a body of work that describes how self-regulation can be applied as a framework for promoting health and well-being for youth through ’co-regulation’, which includes Caring, Consistent, & Responsive Relationships; Co-Creation of Supportive Environments; and Intentional and Developmentally-Informed Day-to-Day Interactions. It specifically addresses previously identified research gaps including a lack of effective self-regulation interventions for adolescents, particularly for youth who have experienced an accumulation of acute and chronic stressors. Learn more and access the report.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

This series contains step-by-step instructions to implement six evidence-informed and theory-based co-regulation strategies. Practitioners can intentionally layer these strategies onto pre-existing youth programs to support self-regulation without changing their current curriculum. Each strategy can be tailored to a workshop or one-on-one youth service setting and/or can be used among co-workers to foster co-regulation in the workplace. Learn more and access the series.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Supportive services, one of the 14 program elements for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) youth program, are services that enable an individual to participate in WIOA activities. These services enable an individual to participate in WIOA activities (such as, but not limited to, assistance with transportation, child care, housing, health care, educational testing, and work-related tools). Access Part 1 here. Access Part 2 here.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

This WorkforceGPS case study describes how federally-funded technical assistance helped the Children's Services Council (CSC) parlay lessons learned from past programs serving disconnected youth into a more expansive effort to align funding for this population across all county systems and services. Learn more and access the case study.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

This WorkforceGPS tip sheet addresses one of the main reasons that participants disengage from apprenticeship programs: the behavioral effects of past or present trauma. By implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) practices, YARG grantees can better mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), thereby supporting recovery from trauma and motivating a higher level of commitment to career path goals. Learn more and access the tip sheet.

Posted: September 10, 2021

The CRAFFT 2.1+N HONC screening tool can assist health professionals with assessing substance use and vaping. Learn more and access this and other validated screening tools.

Posted: September 10, 2021

Researchers from Florida International University's Center for Children and Families recently published an article in Adolescent Health. They found that all e-cigarette users and approximately 85 percent of alcohol and marijuana users in their sample of 129 participants reported that their use either decreased or stayed the same since the COVID-19 lockdown. Researchers also recommend encouraging teens to engage in healthy coping strategies like eating healthy, keeping a consistent schedule and exercising to help offset mental health problems. Learn more.

Posted: September 10, 2021

This framing guide (PDF, 7 pages) from the FrameWorks Institute and Funders for Adolescent Science Translation shares five ways to talk more effectively about adolescent development in the era of COVID-19, as some of the necessary conditions for healthy adolescent development have been disrupted by the pandemic. Learn more (PDF, 7 pages).

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Health and Human Services: National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services

This interactive module provides examples of successful ways to talk with young people about their strengths, as well as examples of some not-so-successful ways. Learn more and access the module.

Posted: September 10, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Department of Health and Human Services: National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services

This recorded consultation covered how to support young people to make healthy, safe decisions that are consistent with their own interests and preferences. Learn more and access the recording.

Posted: August 31, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP)

Application Deadline: September 19, 2021
IWGYP's YE4C is looking for youth ages 16-24 to join the youth Editorial Board! Young people will develop meaningful and engaging content for the YE4C website and social media in this virtual opportunity. Learn more and apply.

Youth must be:

  • Age 16 to 24
  • Able to commit at least 20 hours per month to the role from October 2021 through August 2022
  • Able to access reliable internet service
  • Open to giving and receiving honest and direct feedback on work related to YE4C
  • Willing and able to communicate regularly with YE4C staff and other YE4C Editorial Board members
Posted: August 31, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP)

Application Deadline: September 19, 2021
IWGYP's YE4C is looking for youth ages 16-24 to join the youth Editorial Board! Young people will develop meaningful and engaging content for the YE4C website and social media in this virtual opportunity. Learn more and apply.

Posted: August 4, 2021
Agencies & Departments:

U.S. Department of Education, Region 9 Comprehensive Center

This archived webinar features their instrumental recommendations to help all students achieve educational success and incorporate student voices in decision-making. Topics include addressing the post COVID-19 achievement gap; student safety and emotional well-being; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. These young leaders have presented their ideas to the Illinois P–20 Council, Push Excel’s National Education Summit, and the Illinois State Board of Education. Learn more.