Positive Youth Development

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.

School Attendance Problems: Are Current Policies & Practices Going in the Right Direction?

Reducing school absences is one of the most challenging matters facing schools. In addressing the problem, it is important to begin by exploring two questions: What factors lead to student absences? How can schools more effectively address the problem? This brief provides a quick overview of issues related to school attendance problems and then frames directions for policy and practice. 

Mobilizing a Cross-Sector Collaborative for Systemic Change

This report details the major phases of Project U-Turn, a cross-sector collaborative in Philadelphia focusing on reducing dropouts and improving youth outcomes.

Parent Resources - Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center

These brochures help parents understand bullying, cyberbullying, children's use of social networking websites, bullying of GLBT children, and other similar topics.  The brochures help parents have conversations with their children about these issues to promote improved education and awareness.  

It's Your Life

It's Your Life helps LGBTQ youth in foster care navigate the child welfare system. Explore this site to understand your rights and receive the care and attention you are entitled to.

Making the Juvenile Justice-Workforce System Connection for Re-Entering Young Offenders

This guidebook is designed to provide advice from the field to communities interested in pursuing more formal connections, or strengthening existing connections, between the workforce and justice systems. It focuses on specific challenges and how selected communities addressed them. The information was gathered via two surveys and site visits.

ParentFurther

ParentFurther.com provides research-based information and tools that have been put to the test in the real world, as well as a panel of experts in parenting, child psychology, and related fields. The site provides practical, everyday parenting tips and helpful advice for difficult situations.