Social Services TAG Resources

Encourage Positive Connections Between Adolescents and Supportive Adults

Ensure Services and Programs Are Welcoming and Developmentally Appropriate

Encourage Adolescents to Learn About Their Health and Connect Them with Trusted Healthcare Professionals

  • Health Services Locator
    These health service locators can help providers and others find services in their community. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health) 
  • Health Young Adults
    Resource pages describing the Affordable Care Act and services available to adolescents. (U.S Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Health Insurance Basics
    This resource is designed for teens to help them understand the basics of health insurance. (Nemours Foundation)
  • Health Reform Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    Answers to frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act, including a Q&A about marketplace eligibility, enrollment periods, plans, and premiums. (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) 
  • Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training
    This free, online course is available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. It provides scenarios, interactive exercises, and information from leading experts. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Adolescent Health Resources for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care - PDF
    As youth transition out of foster care, they need extra support and may need guidance on how they can access health services. This one-page document lists free resources that social service workers can use to help youth aging out of foster care in their transition. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)

Provide Opportunities for Youth to Offer Input and Build Leadership Skills Into Program Design and Activities

Join with Others in Your Community to Improve and Coordinate Service Delivery

Stay Abreast of the Latest Research and Implement Best Practices

  • Adolescent Development
    Research-based summaries on a wide range of adolescent health topics, including national and state fact sheets.  (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)  
  • TAG Talks
    Video presentations by key experts showcasing the latest research on a range of topics relevant to adolescent development. Video presentations are strengths-based and include companion resources such as discussion guides for professionals and parents. (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)   
  • Advancing the Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being of At-Risk Youth: A Conceptual Framework - PDF
    This report explores how programs can help advance the self-sufficiency and well-being of at-risk youth. (HHS, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation) 
  • Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action - PDF
    This report and its companion guide provide information and action steps to help communities, public health professionals, families, and young people take steps today to stop youth violence before it starts. (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements to Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Diversion Program for Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions
    This report describes a trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion approach with examples of how some states are addressing and implementing trauma-informed systems of care for youth and their families. (National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, Inc., and the Technical Assistance Collaborative)
  • Brain Frames
    Five printable handouts highlighting the latest research insights about adolescent brain development. These are geared for youth-serving professionals and include key facts, sample conversations, and quick references.  (Annie E. Casey Foundation) 

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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).