Positive Youth Development

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.

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career Focused Mentoring

This guide is intended for individuals designing mentoring programs for youth, including youth with disabilities, in the transition phase to adulthood.Mentoring is recognized as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. Despite all of the information available on mentoring, there is very little about mentoring youth with disabilities or about career-focused mentoring of older youth.

IN THE MIX: STOP BULLYING NOW...TAKE A STAND!

In this  hour solution-oriented video from the Emmy award winning PBS series, In the Mix, Miss America Erika Harold and teens share their compelling stories about being bullied. It highlights Project Change where HS peer educators work with MS students to produce PSAs showing what bystanders can do when they see someone being bullied. Everyone involved gains awareness about the various forms of bullying and changes their own attitude and behavior. Another segment focuses on cyberbullying, with expert advice on how to deal with online harassment.

One Million Acts Of Kindness

One Million Acts Of Kindness is a grassroots mission which teaches students the importance of having an individual ,lifetime goal of kindness. Each child performing and wanting kindness for everyone they interact with every day of their lives. One Million Acts Of Kindness Week is an annual event which is always begins the second Monday in February for 7 days. One Million Acts Of Kindness Certificates are on the homepage of the website. They are an inspiration for every child to remind them that they have taken a lifetime pledge of kindness.

Key Considerations for Serving Disconnected Youth

This paper provides a description of the youth population that is disconnected from education and the workforce and describes a set of key considerations for improving outcomes for this population. Programmatic examples that demonstrate how effective supports for youth look in practice are discussed. The paper concludes with policy recommendations for serving youth at the federal, state and local levels.