The ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis looms large, creating deep and disparate consequences for young people and their families. The Center for Promise's nationally representative survey of high school youth reveals their perceptions of the pandemic’s impact on their learning and their lives. The findings suggest that students are experiencing a collective trauma, and that they and their families would benefit from immediate and ongoing support. Learn more.
Many young people have had their summer internship plans canceled by the pandemic. The Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) team is collecting a listing of paid and unpaid internships to help teens and young adults ages 16-24 build their skills during this time. You can help by sharing opportunities that will be listed on the YE4C website. Share internship opportunities.
These tip sheets from the Child Welfare Information Gateway are designed for service providers to share with parents and caregivers in the context of a particular concern or question. They are not intended to tell the whole story; they merely provide a starting point for a discussion between parent and provider that is grounded in the protective factors. The information is easy to read and focuses on concrete steps that parents can take to strengthen their family. Tip sheets can be downloaded individually or as a packet in English and Spanish. Learn more.
This resource from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides scenarios that illustrate how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families who are experiencing stress. These vignettes may be used during training for new family support workers, as a learning tool when working one-on-one with parents, or to stimulate discussion at a parent or community café. Learn more.
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.