Mental health professionals

Youth Participation: Making It Real

Thanks to advocacy for and by youth leaders, it is now commonplace at meetings across the country for several folks to stress 'If we are going to plan for young people, we need their voices at this table.' However, reasons for bringing young people to the table vary.

Youth Today

Newspaper on youth work.  

Youth Subcultures: Understanding Subgroups to Better Address Barriers to Learning & Improve Schools

Public health and education policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and educators need to know as much as they can about the factors that lead youth to manifest behaviors stemming from group defined values, beliefs, attitudes, and interests. Such understanding is basic to promoting healthy development, preventing problems, intervening as soon as problems arise, and enhancing intervention impact on severe and chronic problems.

Youth Gangs and Schools

Few schools escape dynamics and behaviors that are associated with gangs. Think, for example, about bullying, disruptive intergroup conflicts, drug sales and abuse, and vandalism such as theft, graffiti, and other forms of property damage. From both a policy and practice perspective, it is essential for schools to understand and address gang-related problems that interfere with productive schooling. Fortunately, there are many useful resources on the topic

Transitions from Adolescence

A Center-developed Clearinghouse with a variety of resources on adolescent transitioning. 

Transitions: Turning Risks into Opportunities for Student Support

This Introductory Packet provides readings and related activities on support for transitions to address barriers to student learning covering both research and best practices. It explores why transitions are dangerous opportunities that can disrupt or promote development.

Tunnels & Cliffs: A Guide for Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs

This guide provides practical information and resources for youth service professionals and policymakers, from the program to the state level, with information to help them address system and policy obstacles in order to improve service delivery systems for youth with mental health needs. The guide provides the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Mental Health Needs which includes all the elements of the original Guideposts as well as additional specific needs relating to youth with mental health needs.

Under construction: Linkages between youth and adult systems after expanding transition services

This report summarizes changes between 2003 and 2007 in relationships among organizations that offer services to individuals in transition to adulthood, ages 14-25, who have serious mental health conditions in Clark County, Washington.

Training and Technical Assistance on Youth Justice

Global Youth Justice resources support local communities to reduce juvenile crime through programs utilizing positive peer pressure which can be harnessed and redirected to become a positive force and lead other youth to adhere to the rule of law and become more productive citizens.   These "youth court" and "teen court" voluntary diversion programs harness positive peer pressure and utilize it in a peer judgment setting to help address the anti-social and delinquent behavior of youth.

Transitioning from High School into Adulthood: Schools Helping Youth in Foster Care Achieve Success

A brief developed for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention on best practices for preparing high school age youth to transition out of the child welfare system by providing information and resources on graduating high school, preparing for post-secondary education or vocational training, transitioning into the workforce, and preparing for independence.