Positive Youth Development

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the availability of funds under the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program. The purpose of the SRAE Program is to fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teach participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. The services are targeted to participants that reside in areas with high rates of teen births and/or are at greatest risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Quality Improvement Center: Engaging Youth in Finding Permanency

This funding opportunity announcement is for a 5-year project to provide a Quality Improvement Center (QIC) that will pilot efforts in 6-8 jurisdictions across the nation to develop, implement, and evaluate methods of successful engagement of youth in finding their own permanency. Identifying the barriers and developing effective, comprehensive, and consistent strategies across the nation while engaging youth in the process is the focus for this funding opportunity.

RFI: Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through Government

OMB seeks input, information, and recommendations from a broad array of stakeholders in the public, private, advocacy, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors on available methods, approaches, and tools that could assist in identifying effective methods for assessing whether agency policies and actions equitably serve all eligible individuals and communities, particularly those that are currently and historically underserved.

Building Staff Co-Regulation to Support Healthy Relationships in Youth: A Guide for Practitioners

This guide begins by explaining how self-regulation underlies success in many areas of life and why adolescence is a crucial time for caring adults—like HMRE and other youth-serving practitioners—to offer self-regulation support.

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.

Help Youth Reach their Full Potential during National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM)

his May, celebrate NTPPM and download OPA’s toolkit to learn how your organization can engage teens in ways that utilize and enhance their strengths.

Resource: Dear Adult Leaders: #ListenToYouth

This four-week series from America's Promise Alliance and The 74 shares open letters from high school students to decision-makers in their states and communities that call for specific actions to address issues that arose from a recent town hall as top-of-mind for young people. One call to action was abundantly clear: young people want decision-makers to take their ideas and experiences into consideration. Not only because it’s the right thing to do—it’s also the smart thing to do.

Resource: Tip Sheets on Everyday Parenting Topics

These tip sheets are designed for service providers to share with parents and caregivers in the context of a particular concern or question. They can be downloaded individually or as a packet in English and Spanish.

Resource: Youth Development Across the Federal Government: A Thought Leader Conversation with Cheri Hoffman

This webpage provides the full recording, an interactive transcript, the slide presentation, and additional resources from a live webinar conversation exploring how the IWGYP helps federal agencies approach positive youth development and emerging ways that the IWGYP is tackling its mission.