This section includes principles of positive youth development, fact sheets for parents, teachers and school social workers; information on the 5 harmful risk behaviors for children and teens to avoid; information on funding, programming, and research in the youth development field; and technical assistance for youth participation in decision-making within programs.
21st Century Community Learning Centers
This program supports the development of community learning centers with academic enrichment opportunities for youth in the out of school time hours. Obtain information on eligibility, applicant information, awards, performance, funding status, laws, regulations, and guidelines, and resources.
Taking Center Stage- ACT II ( TCSII), promotes academic achievement and youth development with three chapter recommendations:
-Chapter 4- Meets the needs of middle grades students by developing a rich set of courses and enrichment opportunities.
-Chapter 5 (Relationships) –Foster close relationships for accountability and engagement among students and with adults who share extended time through grade-level, subject area or interdisciplinary small learning communities.
-Chapter 8- ( Safety Resilience and Health) Create and sustain a fair, safe and healthy school environment through a policy of positive discipline, civic and character education, safe and engaging facilities, access to adult mentors and counseling and school and community health and social services.
Academy for Educational Development
AED is a nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, civil society, and economic development. AED aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives by working on partnership to create and implement innovative solutions to critical social and economic problems.
ACT For Youth
Resources explain the principles of positive youth development (PYD) and address practical issues that communities and programs may face.
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
Offers a comprehensive, up-to date, easy to use collection of more than 15,000 resources from many disciplines related to child care and early education.
CYFERNET Youth Development
CYFERnet offers children, youth, and family resources of all public land-grant universities in the country. The website is designed to be used by anyone who needs comprehensive children, youth, or family information.
Promotes a girls right to individuality and offers articles, club news, games, advice, and information.
Keys to Quality Youth Development
Discusses the elemental keys for youth development success.
Institute for Youth Development
IYD is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes a comprehensive message to youth in the U.S. and around the world to avoid five harmful risk behaviors that are inextricably linked: alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco and violence. IYD believes that children and teens, provided with consistent and sound messages, are capable of making the choice to avoid these risk behaviors altogether, especially if they are empowered by strong parent and family connections.
National Association of Social Workers
One Teen at a Time campaign provides downloadable fact sheets for parents, teachers and school social workers on bullying, self-esteem, diversity and more. The campaign is part of the national Partnership in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH) Program.
The National Resource for Youth Development
Working in concert with other members of the Children’s Bureau’s T/TA Network, NRCYD assists States and Tribes to implement, develop, engage, and utilize youth.
National Youth Development Information Center
Site provides information for funding, programming, research, policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC also provides current news to the youth development field and has a large online library, providing practice-related information at low-cost or no cost. NYDIC is an initiative of The National Collaboration for Youth.
Positive Youth Development in the United States
Research findings on evaluations of positive youth development programs.
San Diego Youth Development Center
SDYDC’s mission is to reach out and minister to youth ages 5-12 and families in meaningful and practical ways that helps the campers and their families grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
Youth on Board
Website offers books, videos, trainings, and consulting on youth participation in decision-making process and free materials and technical assistance to young people on how to move their ideas into action.
Youth Work Central
This site serves as a forum for sharing ideas, a place to learn about approaches, strategies and research critical to youth work, and a source of information about upcoming events and opportunities.