Faith-Based TAG Resources

Connect Adolescents to Adults

  • Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ 
    This publication presents research-informed and practitioner-approved standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs and, consequently, effective mentoring relationships. (MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership)
  • Mentoring Resources
    Online tools, research and information, featured articles, podcasts, and other resources that help support mentorship activities.  (youth.gov) 

Provide Opportunities for Adolescents to Connect with Peers in a Safe Environment

Provide Service Opportunities

  • Civic Engagement
    A wide range of information on civic engagement opportunities for youth, including volunteerism, national service, and service learning. Information includes tools, guides, research, and links to relevant agencies. (Youth.gov) 
  • Youth Changing the World: Service Project Toolkit 
    Online toolkits to help young people develop their own service or service-learning projects from creation to completion. (Youth Serve America)
  • ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations
    Youth can take a leadership role in their congregation by promoting energy-efficient practices. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Support the Role of Families in Healthy Adolescent Development

  • Building Strong Family Relationships 
    Practical tips for fostering strong family connections. (University of Delaware Cooperative Extension) 
  • Youth Topics
    A resource library on a wide range of topics pertinent to the adolescent years. (Youth.gov)

Connect Young People to Health Information and Resources

Encourage Healthy Habits

  • Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops
    These six one-hour workshops are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Each workshop includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. (HHS, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
  • Adolescent and School Health 
    Extensive adolescent health information, including fact sheets, program tools, data and statistics, and health services information.  (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Support Adolescents’ Spiritual Growth

Offer Youth Services or Refer Youth and Their Families to Services 

  • Local Health Service Locators
    A list of local health service locator websites on topics including health insurance, healthcare, mental health, substance use, youth services, health information, and related assistance programs. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
    Locate self-help, peer support, and consumer groups for mental health disorders. (HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Facilitate Opportunities for Training and Employment

  • Job Corps for Students
    Information from Job Corps geared for students. Job Corp is a voluntary training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Resources for Young Workers
    Information on topics ranging from student volunteerism to job safety. (U.S. Department of Labor) 
  • AmeriCorps
    AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. (AmeriCorps)

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Youth Briefs

How Individualized Education Program (IEP) Transition Planning Makes a Difference for Youth with Disabilities

Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: How Holding Early Leadership Positions Can Make a Difference

Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people

How Trained Service Professionals and Self-Advocacy Makes a Difference for Youth with Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Co-occurring Issues

Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.

Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care: Challenges and Solutions

Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.

Coordinating Systems to Support Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs

Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.

Civic Engagement Strategies for Transition Age Youth

Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).