State and local policymakers

DrawSuccess 4 Students

DrawSuccess 4 Students is a newly-formed non-profit organization dedicated to helping students change their world in a fun and rewarding way.  In Latin "to educate" means "to draw out."  In the same way, DrawSuccess 4 Students uses a unique, experiential process (the DrawSuccess Game) that "draws out" ideas and solutions from student participants in a wide variety of areas, including bullying, career preparation and more.   In addition, participants learn how to improve relationships by discovering their 'inner genius' personality style.

Engaging Parents in a Community Youth Development Initiative

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief describes lessons learned about how to best engage parents in a community youth development initiative. It emphasizes the benefits of engaging parents who are not typically well connected to schools or other community institutions, including those who do not speak English. 

Engaging Youth in Community Change

This report provides lessons learned from comparing how seven communities engaged youth in community change efforts in the greater Sacramento region. It provides an introduction to the goals of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth development program, documents program outcomes for individual youth and adults, organizations, and communities, and draws lessons for coalition development, youth engagement practice, and foundation practices to support community youth development.

Facts about young adults, mental health, & online information seeking

This factsheet explains some reasons why young adults search for mental health information on the internet.

Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders

This toolkit aims to build off of the work of the OJJDP's task force on employment and training opportunities for youth offenders to identify what works in promoting economic self-sufficency for this population.

Building Capacity for Better Results

This strategy brief discusses four approaches that leaders of youth-serving nonprofit organizations can pursue to help support and strengthen their  organizational capacity: build accurate overhead rates into contracts and grants, access funding to directly support capacity building, access technical assistance to support or improve organizational capacity, and form partnerships to share administrative services. The brief highlights the experiences of youth-serving nonprofits in using these strategies to build their own organizational capacity.

Designing a Recovery-Oriented Care Model for Adolescents & Transition Age Youth with Substance...

On November 13 and 14, 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) invited family members, youth in treatment or posttreatment for substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders, providers, researchers, and Federal and State-level policy-makers to participate in a consultative session designed to develop a recovery-oriented care model for adolescents and transition age youth with substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders (SU/COD)

Assessing the Effects of Foster Care

This report presents findings from the Casey National Alumni Study. The study examined data from those who were in the care of Casey Family Programs between 1968 and 1998.

At the Table: Making the Case for Youth in Decision Making

Summary of key research findings from Youth In Decision Making research study on the impacts young people have on adults and organizations when they are involved in significant decision-making roles.

Benefits and Challenges in Building a Community Youth Development Coalition

Drawing on a broader evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief describes lessons learned about how to build a community coalition that engages youth and adults together in working toward community change.