Positive Youth Development

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.

Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities

Search sites like Google, social networking sites like Facebook, and micro-blogging sites like Twitter have added a new element to disability disclosure. Now it is possible to disclose disability status on the internet without even being aware of it.  The goal of this document is to provide youth suggestions on how to make informed decisions about their own disability disclosure and to manage their disclosures online. This is a supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities.

Community-School Partnerships to Support Youth Development

Drawing on a larger evaluation of the Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program, this issue brief examines lessons learned about how to foster school-community partnerships to support youth development.

Changing Lives, Saving Lives Guide

This guide is designed to help afterschool programs implement field-tested practices in healthy eating, physical activity and food security.  Strongly based in youth development principles.

Cooperative Extension-4-H Youth Development

Every state in the USA has a Cooperative Extension that is part of their Land Grant College and USDA. It has a wide variety of information and programs available, and is different in every state. 4-H started in 1902 and has been going strong ever since.

Cool Conduct- 100 Ways To Make A Positive Impression

Cool Conduct 100 Ways To Make A Positive Impression is a fun and educational question and answer book. Cool Conduct is helping children feel good about themselves while teaching kindness and respect. Cool Conduct encourages role playing and creative thinking. Why do children bully? Because the feel they don't belong or they don't know where they fit in at school, home or their world. These children were not taught kind behaviors. WIth Cool Conduct as a reference, children will learn how to be respectful in school, at home and in their communities.