Positive Youth Development

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.

Project U-Turn

Project U-Turn is a partnership-led campaign to raise awareness of, and develop strategies to address, the City's dropout crisis. It is designed to enhance the career prospects of struggling students and out-of-school youth by expanding the availability of high-quality education and training options.

RENEW

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural supports, Education and Work) is a community-based, person centered planning and secondary transition model for youth with emotional and behavioral disporders. Using the principles of wraparound, RENEW has helped over 300 youth in New Hampshire to finish high school, go to college and obtain employment. A project of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, RENEW is currently being implemented as the intensive level intervention in high schools that are implementing PBIS, and in community mental health centers.

Rain Brings Frogs- A Little Book of Hope

Rain Brings Frogs - A Little Book of HOPE  is a children's book with message of hope, kindness, tolerance, appreciation & generosity.  This book is geared toward Pre-school to age 8 and  compliments current anti-bullying campaigns. Early education is important in prevention of bullying and this simple book serves as a spring board for discussion of kindness and inclusion and tolerance. Thank you for your consideration.  www.maryanncoccaleffler.com  (603) 672-8991. I would be happy to send copies for your review.

Professional Development of Youth Service Professionals: Why Professional Development?

Youth service professionals, including intake workers, case managers, job developers, teachers, transition coordinators, counselors, youth development group leaders, and independent living specialists, are often the first contact or 'face' of the workforce development system. They play an important role in connecting all youth to workforce preparation opportunities and support.

SaySo, Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out)

SaySo,Inc. (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) is a youth driven advocacy organization for youth ages 14-24 who are or have been in substitute care. This includes foster care, kinship care, group homes, mental health placements and others. The mission of SaySo is to work to improve the substitute care system by educating the community, speaking out about needed changes, and providing support to youth who are or have been in substitute care. The website provides information, resources and tools to help youth who are in transition.

Rights and Expectations for Children and Youth in Shelter or Foster Care

This document is intended to help foster and shelter care youth know what their rights are and what they can expect from the Department of Children and Families.

Planning and Evaluation Resource Center

The Planning and Evaluation Resource Center web site is an online tutorial and clearinghouse of evaluation and planning tools. This dynamic site includes evaluation and planning tools, tips, and opportunities to link with others looking to use evaluation to strengthen community youth-development programs.

School Dropout Prevention: A Civil Rights and Public Health Imperative

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.