Positive Youth Development

Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Support

This introductory packet provides basic references, internet resources, model programs, a few names from our Consultation Cadre, and other resources related to the topic.

Thresholds' Young Adult Program

This Young Adult Program hopes to engage and empower young adults in their journey toward recovery through individualized, developmentally appropriate service ans upports designed to achieve members' maximum capacity for independence as they transition to adulthood. Thresholds' Young Adult Program utilizes the innovative Transition to Independence (TIP) System, which provides the framework that drives staff interactions with young adults, program services and activities.

Strength of Us

Developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), this is an online community for young adults transitioning to adulthood. Youth can share their stories and advice.  Discussion topics include mental health, campus life, relationships, employment, financial matters, and social networking.

StrengthofUs.org: Live a Better Life Through Community

StrengthofUs.org is an online resource center and social networking website for young adults (ages 18-30) living with mental health conditions. It exists to empower young adults to live out their dreams and goals through peer support and resource sharing.     Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org allows users to connect with their peers and share stories, creativity and resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups, posting updates and sharing videos, photos and news.

Transition to College

This is a Center-developed Clearinghouse of resources, research, and articles about transitioning into college. 

Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention

Schools using a social and emotional learning (SEL) framework can foster an overall climate of inclusion, warmth, and respect, and promote the development of core social and emotional skills among both students and staff. Because bullying prevention is entirely congruent with SEL, it can be embedded in a school's SEL framework.

Peacing it Together: The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities

The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum supports students (K-6) in developing the social and emotional competencies that are key to their success in the classroom and beyond. The musical curriculum and accompanying experiential activities teach students vital skills about conflict resolution, social justice, community, diversity, interconnectedness, and peacemaking.

Sexual Minority Students

Sampling of concerns facing sexual minority students and staff, including: violence, homophobia and prejudice, social and psychological issues, suicide and health, coming out. Also included are programs for supporting sexual minority students and enhancing school policy. 

School Engagement, Disengagement, Learning Supports, & School Climate

Student engagement involves not only engaging and maintaining engagement, but also re-engaging those who have disconnected from classroom instruction. For school personnel to do all this effectively, they must broaden their understanding of motivation, especially intrinsic mitivation, and the complex relationship between extrinsics and intrinsics.   Our Center continuously stresses the importance of a focus on motivation, especially intrinsic motivation, in all facets of our work.

School Dropout Prevention: A Public Health Role for Primary Health Care Providers

As the true dropout figures emerge across the nation, the crisis nature of the problem is apparent. Recent reports indicate that more than half a million young people drop out of high school each year, and the rate at which they drop out has remained about the same for the last 30 years (Dynarski, et al., 2008). The data confirm that in far too many school districts a majority of students do not have sufficient supports to enable them to succeed at school and will not graduate.