State and local policymakers

What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood

This synthesis examines the role that programs designed to serve older youth can play in promoting positive development and subsequent self-sufficiency in adulthood.

Youth-produced Media in Community Change Efforts

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief examines best practices for using youth-produced media as part of a community change effort.

What young adults with mental health conditions search for online.

In 2010, researchers from Pathways to Positive Futures conducted three focus groups of young adults (ages 18-28) with serious mental health conditions and asked them how they used the internet to access information about their mental health. Based on our focus group results, here are questions young adults have about their mental health that cause them to seek answers online.

Young People's Health Care: A National Imperative

This issue paper highlights the unique health issues faced by this age group, as well as the vastly different socioeconomic, cultural and demographic factors influencing their health status, access to care and utilization of services. The paper advocates for tailored solutions to prevent a crisis in the health status and access to care of young adults and documents current innovative state, county and local programs targeted to meet the needs of the young adult population.

Youth in Decision Making: A Study on the Impacts of Youth on Adults and Organizations

Based on interviews with yout and adults from 15 organizations, the 61-page research report reflects the first significant research on the impacts young people have on adults and organizations when they are involved in significant decision-making roles.

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.

Voices on Violence

The Voices on Violence report illustrated the types of violence and harassment girls in Boston face.

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