Tools & Guides

Resource: Improving Retention Through Trauma-Informed Approach

This tip sheet addresses one of the main reasons that participants disengage from apprenticeship programs: the behavioral effects of past or present trauma.

Resource: Framing Adolescent Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This guide shares five ways to talk more effectively about adolescent development in the era of COVID-19.

School-Based Strategies for Addressing the Mental Health and Well-Being of Youth in the Wake of COVID-19

This guidance identifies school-based strategies for addressing the mental health and well-being challenges among youth that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Measuring Co-Regulation: A Draft Tool for Observing Educators in Youth-Serving Programs

This brief describes a draft observation tool that was developed and piloted as part of a formative study to translate theory about co-regulation into practice in youth-serving Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs.

Resource: Information for Student Loan Borrowers

This infographic and webpage share information for student loan borrowers about recent changes made to repayment terms due to the pandemic.

Resource: The Value of Relationships: Improving Human Services Participant Outcomes through Social Capital Handbook

This handbook provides the opportunity to better understand the concept and value of social capital, explore a constellation of guiding principles that underlie social-capital-related work, and implement specific practices to help program participants build and use social capital to improve their future through potential reductions in poverty, increases in employment, and improvements in well-being.

Share with Youth: Your Financial Path to Graduation

This tool can help students and caregivers understand financial aid offers, plan to cover the remaining costs, estimate how much is owed and if that debt is affordable, compare offers from different schools, and decide what to do next.

Resource: Reaching Youth At Risk for Substance Use and Misuse: Strategies for Early Intervention

This resource guide (PDF, 128 pages) was compiled to address the need for comprehensive, evidence-based information to help states implement new early intervention programs or expand and improve existing ones. The document provides a set of principles of effective early intervention services; in-depth case studies of five different innovative state programs; a state-by-state description of early intervention services; and examples of programs and tools.