This webpage provides the full recording, an interactive transcript, the slide presentation, and additional resources from a live webinar conversation exploring how the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) helps federal agencies approach positive youth development and emerging ways that the IWGYP is tackling its mission. Federal agencies offer a wide range of services and supports for children and young people, to help them grow into thriving adults. On any given day, youth's lives can touch on the work of multiple federal agencies. Recognizing the vital importance of collaboration among federal youth-serving agencies to better support the whole child, the Interagency Working Group was founded in 2008 to promote achievement of positive results for at-risk youth through coordination and collaboration, evidence-based and innovative strategies, and youth engagement and partnerships. Learn more.
This webpage provides information on how FNS is responding to COVID-19, including Child Nutrition Programs, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, and USDA Foods Programs. USDA intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve program participants across their 15 nutrition programs. They have already begun to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants. Learn more.
The Department of Education has created a webpage to house COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") information and resources for schools and school personnel. Through collaboration and coordination with State and local health departments, State and local educational agencies, other education officials, and elected officials, schools can disseminate critical information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff, and community. Learn more.
Students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request (PDF, 2 pages), the Department of Education will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year. Learn more (PDF, 2 pages).
The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multi-sector effort to improve health literacy. The plan includes seven broad goals with multiple high level strategies for various stakeholders and provides a focal point for the field. Learn more.
This tip sheet (PDF, 4 pages) provides information about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also describes feelings and thoughts people may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation and suggests resources and ways to care for behavioral health during these experiences. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages).
CDC’s Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) updated Guidance for School Settings is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease and will be updated as needed and as additional information becomes available. This updated guidance now includes a school closure decision tree. Learn more.
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This Request for Proposals (PDF, 8 pages) from Arnold Ventures seeks grant applications to conduct randomized controlled trials of criminal justice programs and practices. The ultimate goal of this effort is to build credible evidence about “what works” to improve criminal justice outcomes and, in particular, grow the number of criminal justice interventions rigorously shown to better people’s lives. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), which merged with the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) in June 2019, was recognized for excellence in marketing, communication, and the creation of digital health resources. OAH won awards for two videos in the Health Promotion/Disease and Injury Prevention class of the Fall 2019 Annual National Health Information Awards (PDF, 14 pages), organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC). “Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment: A TAG Talk" video with Sarah Bagley, M.D., received a silver award and the “TAG: How You Can Help” video received a bronze award. HIRC, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields, judges entries based on content, format, success in reaching the targeted audience, and overall quality. Learn more (PDF, 14 pages).
The U.S. Census Bureau provides free classroom materials across multiple subjects for students in pre-K through 12th grade. New activities, designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year, spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. Learn more.
OJJDP’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces are highlighting Safer Internet Day, which is an awareness-raising campaign to promote the safe and respectful use of digital technology, especially among children and youth. The ICAC Task Force Program is promoting the February 2020 Safer Internet Day by offering videos and resources for learning and teaching how to safely use the Internet. Learn more.
This newly-updated tool provides students and families with information to guide their college search and compare their options. This tool was expanded to include potential debt and earnings information based on students’ courses of study, as well as information about graduation rates and apprenticeships. Learn more.
Recently $482,000 was awarded to four housing authorities to assist young people aging out of foster care and who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Funded through HUD's new Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative, this fundingwill offer housing vouchers to local public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to go to. FYI requires that communities provide supportive services for the length of assistance to help youth achieve self-sufficiency. These activities center around basic life skills, landlord outreach and job preparation. Additionally, they will receive educational and career counseling, as well as counseling on program and lease compliance. These supportive services are critical given that the assistance is time limited. Learn more.
This review takes stock of the research that addresses the potential for mentoring to serve as a strategy for preventing and reducing substance use and the negative effects on personal health and well-being that may stem from this behavior. The review suggests several take-home messages for mentoring researchers and practitioners. Learn more.
This national campaign, now in its 15th year, promotes adoption from foster care and raises awareness of the more than 123,000 children and teens who are waiting to be adopted. This year’s campaign includes videos, radio, digital, and print ads that highlight stories from families who have adopted from foster care and showcase the many moments that make adopting a teen rewarding. Learn more.