Positive Youth Development

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development and Leadership: Youth Call-to-Action

The eight-page, youth-friendly Youth Call-to-Action outlines ten actions that youth can take to enhance their development and become leaders in their community and the nation, including learning about their rights and responsibilities, becoming a self-advocate, learning about disability history, researching scholarships, participating in work experiences, training youth workers, and more. This document is based on findings from the Blazing the Trail national youth summit organized by the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for youth (NCWD/Youth) in August 2007. 

Assessing the Effects of Foster Care

This report presents findings from the Casey National Alumni Study. The study examined data from those who were in the care of Casey Family Programs between 1968 and 1998.

At the Table: Making the Case for Youth in Decision Making

Summary of key research findings from Youth In Decision Making research study on the impacts young people have on adults and organizations when they are involved in significant decision-making roles.

Benefits and Challenges in Building a Community Youth Development Coalition

Drawing on a broader evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief describes lessons learned about how to build a community coalition that engages youth and adults together in working toward community change.

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development and Leadership: Summit Report

The 2007 Blazing the Trail summit facilitated national dialogue on actions that need to be taken to improve policy and practice in the youth development and leadership field, and to ensure that youth with disabilities (including those with mental health needs), are included in opportunities available to all youth. The report details the dialogue that took place among youth with and without disabilities, state and federal policy makers, and community, state, and federal organization leaders including the important priority action steps identified by the participants.

Bullying Safety Resource Page

A resource page listing free articles, videos,and podcasts about bullying prevention safety skills - as well as low cost publications for sale and training resources. Kidpower is a nonprofit organization that takes a skills-based approach to preparing children and their adults to address bullying, abuse, and other safety problems in a positive, proactive way. 

Career Planning Begins with Assessment

To successfully make the transition from school to adult life and the world of work, adolescents and young adults need guidance and encouragement from caring, supportive adults. The best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual.

Defining Multiple Pathways for High School Graduation

With a specific focus on the need for high school reform, there is a growing movement for revisiting multiple pathway approaches in preparing 21st century students for college, career and civic participation. Saunders and Chrisman argue this is based on the fundamental insight that career and technical education  previously called vocational education  can be academically rigorous.The following excerpt from their writings on the topic illustrates their argument.

Brain Works & Coping Skills for Kids

This resource is based on research on pre-teens' coping challenges during the critical transition period from elementary to middle school. A national group of educators, emotional health and teacher education experts helped to create an open-access, "virtual classroom" where 9-12 yr. olds learn about brain and behavior changes during early adolescence. This nonprofit, free resource is based on research with over 700 students in elementary grades 4-6.