High School/Young Adult: 14 to 24 years

Strength of Us

Developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), this is an online community for young adults transitioning to adulthood. Youth can share their stories and advice.  Discussion topics include mental health, campus life, relationships, employment, financial matters, and social networking.

StrengthofUs.org: Live a Better Life Through Community

StrengthofUs.org is an online resource center and social networking website for young adults (ages 18-30) living with mental health conditions. It exists to empower young adults to live out their dreams and goals through peer support and resource sharing.     Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org allows users to connect with their peers and share stories, creativity and resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups, posting updates and sharing videos, photos and news.

Solution Team

Solution Team is a series of structured meetings in which an educator or counselor brings together a team of students to solve the bullying of one of their peers. The leader tells the team that they are not in trouble, describes how it feels to be in the target's shoes and asks the team to solve this situation. In 2010 a pilot study found that Solution Team ends bullying in 80 to 90% of cases, and that this still held true three months later, making it one of the most effective anti-bullying interventions ever.

Special Needs Resource Directory

The Special Needs Resource Directory, created by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is a comprehensive accumulation of resources for families of CYSHCN.  Parents, caregivers and health care providers can find local, regional and national web site links to:        * Locate information on specific disabilities      * Identify strategies to help you advocate for your child      * Develop community connections for ongoing support      * Overcome barriers to access health care resources  

Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students

This guide provides information for anyone who helps youth from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth to secure financial aid for postsecondary education or training programs. It describes how to respond to new FAFSA questions 55-60 that will determine federal financial aid status for these students. A section on sensitive communications is also included.

Project U-Turn

Project U-Turn is a partnership-led campaign to raise awareness of, and develop strategies to address, the City's dropout crisis. It is designed to enhance the career prospects of struggling students and out-of-school youth by expanding the availability of high-quality education and training options.

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.

Professional Development of Youth Service Professionals: Why Professional Development?

Youth service professionals, including intake workers, case managers, job developers, teachers, transition coordinators, counselors, youth development group leaders, and independent living specialists, are often the first contact or 'face' of the workforce development system. They play an important role in connecting all youth to workforce preparation opportunities and support.

SaySo, Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out)

SaySo,Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) is a youth driven advocacy organization for youth ages 14-24 who are or have been in substitute care. This includes foster care, kinship care, group homes, mental health placements and others. The mission of SaySo is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care. The website provides information, resources and tools to help youth who are in transition.

Represent: The Voice of Youth in Care:

A magazine published by Youth Communications, Represent is written by and for young people in the foster care system. Through personal narratives and reported stories, the magazine's teen staff provides an inside look at life in the system giving other teens in care the opportunity to connect with their peers' stories.