This toolkit from the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Capacity Building Center for States provides guidance and examples that illustrate the Youth Welfare approach for working with youth in foster care. The Youth Welfare approach recommends shifting from a child-focused system that is reactive, case plan-driven, and protection-focused to a more youth-focused system that is proactive, youth-driven, developmentally-framed, and normalcy-oriented. Learn more.
The Youth Engaged 4 Change website has a fresh, new look with content that continues to inspire and empower young people to improve their lives and the world around them. The newly-redesigned site will help youth who want to:
- FIND OPPORTUNITIES, including volunteering, internships, jobs, and leadership opportunities, and other ways to change their lives and their world.
- FIND ANSWERS and explore resources on topics they care about, like mental health, relationships, education, and more.
- FIND INSPIRATION and learn from Change Makers who are volunteering, acting as leaders and role models, advocating, and making an impact in the lives of others.
This publication provides the first results of the NPSAS:16, the most comprehensive nationally representative survey of student financing of postsecondary education in the U.S. It describes the percentages of students receiving various types of financial aid and average amounts received, by type of institution attended, attendance pattern, dependency status, and income level. Learn more.
This policy brief (PDF, 12 pages), developed by the American Youth Policy Forum, the National Reentry Resource Center, and the Council of State Governments Justice Center, provides information to state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders about how to use requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth in long-term juvenile justice facilities. Learn more (PDF, 12 pages).
These updates to the Statistical Briefing Book include access to National Incident-Based Reporting System data and provide new answers to frequently asked questions that describe the annual number and rates of juvenile arrests, juvenile arrest rates by offense and race, and petitioned status offense cases handled in juvenile court. Learn more.
This blog post provides parents with tips on how to start a conversation with their child about cyberbullying and walks them through potential problems or risks their child might experience. It provides guidance on how to stay informed about the rapidly changing technology used for online interactions and cyberbullying. This blog post was developed in follow up to a post on Tools for Parents regarding cyberbullying. Learn more.
This literature review (PDF, 31 pages), a product of the Model Programs Guide, discusses the research relevant to interactions between police and youth. It describes the prevalence of police-youth interactions, factors that influence such interactions, the role of law enforcement in the juvenile justice system, and the outcome evidence of programs developed to help improve police-youth encounters. Professionals and policymakers can use this resource as they work to develop and improve prevention programs, police-led diversion programs, and community-based policing programs. Learn more (PDF, 31 pages).
This distance learning video, presented by the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health, explores the criteria for juvenile anxiety disorders, how they differ from adult anxiety disorders, the evidence-based treatments for juvenile anxiety disorders, and the differential diagnoses. Mental health practitioners, professionals who work with youth, policymakers, and families can use this video to learn how to recognize anxiety disorders in youth, identify the right treatment, and support young people in recovery. Learn more.
This webpage provides an overview of parent engagement in schools, a promising protective factor that has been linked to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills. It also features fact sheets and other resources on parent engagement for school districts, school administrators, teachers, other school staff, parents, and families. Learn more.
Are you interested in applying for federal funds to support your youth program, but not sure where to start? In June 2018, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs hosted a webinar on finding and applying for federal grants for youth programs. Tour the youth.gov funding information “center” to learn how the custom Grants.gov search tool, step-by-step guide, existing program mapping feature, and youth topics sections can benefit your federal funding search. Learn more.