Positive Youth Development

Mental, Emotional and Verbal "Karate"

Most bullying prevention involves conveying to kids how hurtful it can be and hoping those doing it will stop, and having consequences if they don't.  Teaching young people to have Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA) and an Internal Locus of Control are often missing from such prevention programs.  Our thoughts about our life events cause how we feel, not the events. We all have cognitive choices that we make that really determine how we feel about ourselves and anything else, that we alone make.

Negotiating the Curves toward Employment: A Guide About Youth Involved in the Foster Care System

This guide provides facts and statistics about youth involved in the foster care system; gives examples of states and communities that are changing policy and practices; identifies areas requiring further attention by policymakers and providers of services; and identifies resources and tools to assist cross-system collaborative efforts.

Insulating the Education Pipeline to Increase Postsecondary Success

The first in a new Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series, this issue brief explores why postsecondary completion is an important goal and looks at how the U.S. is currently faring. It identifies partners that need to be mobilized and policy approaches that need to be enacted in order to significantly increase completion rates and help more young people successfully transition to adulthood.

Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs

This paper introduces a framework for major juvenile justice reform-theintegration of a forward-looking administrative model with evidence-based programming. Such a system is focused on basing program placements and supervision levels upon objective risk and needs assessments and in constructing case management plans focused on improving future behavior rather than punishing past behavior.

High Expectations & Strong Supports Yield Postsecondary Success

This new brief demonstrates that it is in fact possible to insulate the education pipeline for older, vulnerable youth, by providing the supports necessary for their success. This brief describes how YouthBuild Brockton, as part of YouthBuild USA's Postsecondary Education Initiative, is partnering with Massasoit Community College to move from dropout recovery into postsecondary completion. It also summarizes research on student supports in higher education and features a conversation with Ann Coles, senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy

Frequently Asked Questions for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

This document provides an overview of information and resources for foster youth transitioning to adulthood in Florida.

Guideposts for Success

The Guideposts for Success are what research tells us all youth, including youth with disabilities, need to succeed.

Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense

This article discusses the effect that various types of trauma can have on youth and why identifying and treating traumatized youth is so important. The article points out current problems with how our health and justice systems interact with traumatized youth and offers recommendations for moving forward.

Guideposts for Employer Success

The Guideposts for Employer Success are organized with the explicit purpose of helping workforce development policy makers and program providers reduce identified barriers. There are two categories within the framework. The first focuses on what system designers (state and local) need to do. The second looks at what individual programs which include a wide array of education and training institutions such as community rehabilitation centers, secondary and post secondary institutions, apprenticeship programs, and One-Stop Centers need to do.