Announcements

  • September 24, 2014
    Live Spanish Hangout on Business Tips for Young Entrepreneurs
    Agencies/Departments: Small Business Administration

    Date: September 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST
    The Small Business Administration and GobiernoUSA.gov will host a Google Hangout in Spanish to offer business tips for young entrepreneurs. The live Hangout will help budding young entrepreneurs who are looking for tips on how to start a new business. Participants will get insight from young entrepreneur who will answer questions about getting started. Hangout participants can submit questions by email to learning@sba.gov or tweet questions using hashtag #jovenesempresarios. No registration is needed to participate. Learn more. Aprender más.

  • September 23, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
    The Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program aims to increase the diversity of professionals in food and agricultural science and rural economic, community, and business development. Scholarships will be provided to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed, eligible scholars from historically underrepresented groups. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Back to School Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    NCTSN is offering resources for school personnel that can help them understand trauma and better serve children and youth who have experienced traumatic events. Topics include psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma, responding to school crises, psychological first aid, bullying and cyberbullying, the benefits of implementing trauma-informed services in schools, and more. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Substance Use and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Overview of Findings
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report contains the first release of data (PDF, 8 pages) from the “2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” The data provide estimates of the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness in the United States as well as information about the need for and barriers to treatment. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).

  • September 23, 2014
    New Information: Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services; Corporation for National and Community Service; Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Newly released information is available regarding Performance Partnership Pilots (P3), which were authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (the Act) to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth. The Frequently Asked Questions were updated, and two ”Additional Presentations” that reiterate the initial design considerations for P3 were added. The P3 solicitation is anticipated to be released in early fall 2014. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    OJJDP's Model Programs Guide Adds Three Literature Reviews
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide added three new literature reviews: (1) ”Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children/Sex Trafficking” (PDF, 16 pages); (2) ”LGBTQ Youths in the Juvenile Justice System” (PDF, 13 pages); and (3) ”Alternatives to Detention and Confinement” (PDF, 7 pages). The literature reviews provide practitioners and policymakers with relevant research and evaluations on more than 40 juvenile justice topics and programs. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Updated 2014 School Health Index
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    The 2014 School Health Index is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to guide obesity prevention and health promotion efforts. The tool is a product of CDC and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Sex Trafficking of Minors: What Schools Need to Know to Recognize and Respond to the Trafficking of Students
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education; National Center for Homeless Education

    “Sex Trafficking of Minors: What Schools Need to Know to Recognize and Respond to the Trafficking of Students” (PDF, 9 pages) aims to help educators better understand sex trafficking of minors. The report provides suggestions for how to respond and information on how State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons can assist state and school district efforts to address trafficking. Learn more (PDF, 9 pages).

  • September 23, 2014
    Share: The Framework to End Youth Homelessness
    Agencies/Departments: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

    USICH developed an infographic that illustrates the Framework to End Youth Homelessness. The framework calls on agencies and systems to collaborate to achieve better youth outcomes in housing, permanent connections, education and employment, and wellbeing. It focuses on improving data quality and collection and building capacity for service delivery. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative
    Agencies/Departments: World Health Organization

    ”Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative” provides an overview of the most recent data on suicide and suicide prevention and shares evidence-based approaches to suicide prevention. The report also promotes a collaborative, national approach to suicide prevention. Learn more, and read the new youth topic on Preventing Youth Suicide from FindYouthInfo.gov.

  • September 23, 2014
    Primary Sources: Researchers Propose Key Role for Schools in Meeting Mental Health Needs of Homeless Students
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    An article recently published in the Children and Youth Services Review argues that school systems provide an ideal place to address the mental health needs of homeless students and that schools and mental health providers should collaborate in using a multi-tiered system of support. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Focusing on ADHD
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

    Intended for parents, this article provides science-based information about children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), including types of ADHD, symptoms, the role of brain development, and effective treatment approaches. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Research Roundup: Delving Into Tough Questions About Teen Pregnancy
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    Three recent studies explore factors related to teen pregnancy. They cover such topics as experience with abuse, feelings of hopelessness; measures of self-worth and their correlation with pregnancy; and the attitudes, behaviors, and experiences that influence teen boys’ decisions to remain abstinent. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    National Violent Death Reporting System
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    The CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) is the only state-based surveillance system that gathers data on violent deaths from multiple sources and puts that data into a usable, anonymous database. States and communities can use the NVDRS to guide local violence prevention efforts and monitor progress. Learn more

  • September 23, 2014
    Sharing the Impact of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    Forty years ago, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) helped launch a system of emergency shelters for young people who are homeless. The act has expanded to include multiple programs that are now part of the federal government’s plan to end youth homelessness. During September, share via social media what the RHYA has helped you or your organization accomplish using the hashtag #BecauseofRHYA. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Building Financial Capability in Youth Employment Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF); Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

    CFPB and ACF partnered to produce Building Financial Capability in Youth Employment Programs. This report provides an overview of the valuable lessons drawn from a 2013 roundtable of national and local leaders from promising programs that CFPB convened in collaboration with other federal agencies on the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. The roundtable focused on three important components: integrating financial education into youth employment programs, establishing partnerships with employers, and identifying effective strategies to collaborate with financial institutions. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Webinar: Suicide Prevention for Alaska Native Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

    Date: September 23, 2014, 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
    Presenters will provide an overview of suicide in Alaska and describe strategies to promote mental wellness and reduce suicide among Alaska Natives. Learn more.

  • September 19, 2014
    Media-Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD)

    Application Deadline: October 24, 2014
    NICHD is accepting applications from young adults ages 15- 20 for its Media Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program. MSY is a 10-lesson curriculum that explores media, nutrition, and physical activity. Teen leaders carry out the program from start to finish. In return, they gain leadership experience, community service hours, and recognition from the NIH, plus training and $1,000 for program expenses. Applications are due October 24. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    TRAPPED SOBER: Idaho’s Success in Engaging Youth in Underage Drinking Prevention
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center

    Date: October 9, 2014, 3 - 4 p.m. EST
    This webinar will highlight the work and recommendations of the Bonneville Youth Development Council. This council has successfully engaged and sustained youth in developing underage drinking prevention activities in Bonneville County, Idaho. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Special Feature: Campus Safety
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

    In observance of National Campus Safety Awareness Month in September, NCJRS has released a special feature on topics related to campus safety. The feature includes publications and resources about crime, safety, violence prevention, and substance abuse. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    September Is National Preparedness Month
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security

    National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an opportunity to increase awareness and capacity for emergency response. This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” Get involved by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day in your community on or around September 30. Use the social media tools on the NPM website to promote your event. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Back to School Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Multiple

    Multiple federal departments and agencies have released resources to help students, parents, and education professionals transition back to school:

    • The federal government’s Back to School landing page contains resources and tips for the new school year, including information about immunizations, homework help, and healthy eating.
    • The Department of Education’s (ED) blog features a post that can assist parents as they build a strong relationship with their child’s teacher.
    • ED’s What Works Clearinghouse contains evidence-based tools and resources that educators can use to manage their classrooms and teach more effectively.
    • ED’s National Center for Education Statistics offers the most recent back-to-school statistics, including information about enrollment, teacher employment, and degree attainment.

    Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2011
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    This report provides data on young people placed in juvenile residential facilities in the United States (PDF, 16 pages). The report features information on offense profiles, demographics, and length of stay for young people in residential placement. Learn more (PDF, 16 pages).

  • September 16, 2014
    Employment and Unemployment Among Youth – Summer 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

    “Employment and Unemployment Among Youth—Summer 2014” provides a statistical overview of employed youth from April to July 2014. The data reflect an increase in youth employment compared with the same time frame in 2013. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Fact Sheet: Improving College Opportunity
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    The White House announced several events and initiatives related to improving college opportunity. On December 4, 2014, President Obama and the first lady will host the second Summit on College Opportunity. This summit will focus on sustainable collaborations in K-12 and higher education and college persistence and completion, especially for underrepresented students. The White House also announced several public and private commitments related to expanding college opportunity, including commitments by community colleges to strengthen college readiness; the development of the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, which will work to strengthen the research, evaluation, and support of college readiness efforts across the nation; and a $5 million commitment from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation, which will partner with MDRC, the Ohio Board of Regents, and City University of New York (CUNY) to replicate CUNY’s successful Accelerated Study in Associate Programs. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Don't Call Them Dropouts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    A report from America’s Promise Alliance encourages readers to think differently about youth who have left school. The report suggests a change in terminology, from “dropouts” to “nongraduates” or students who have had “interrupted enrollment.” Youth voices are featured prominently in the report. It also highlights factors that influence students to leave school and the supports that can help them to return to and remain in school. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    NCFY Voices: The Youth Dreamers Think Big
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    Two young people from Youth Dreamers share how they raised money to build a safe place for youth in their community to go after school. Youth Dreamers is a youth leadership group in Baltimore, MD. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    This report describes the overall prevalence of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization in the United States using data from 2011. It reveals that nearly 54% of all female victims and 48% of all male victims experienced their first victimizations before age 25, many of whom were first victimized during childhood or adolescence. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    ED Seeks Winter/Spring Interns
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Students, at least 16 years of age, who are interested in careers in public service are invited to apply to serve as interns with the Department of Education for the winter and spring terms. Interns will have the opportunity to explore different fields of interest, including education policy, public affairs, and digital communications, and participate in professional development activities while living and working in Washington, DC. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Second Round of WIA Youth Flash Training Series
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Youth Services

    The second round of trainings from the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Flash Training Series features eight brief lessons on specific WIA Youth program topics:

    1. Effective Front-Line Services — The Case Management Toolkit
    2. Financial Aid Toolkit
    3. Helping Out-of-School Youth Find Money for College: Dependency
    4. Helping Youth With Criminal Convictions Find Money for College
    5. Paid Vs. Unpaid Internships
    6. Supportive Services WIA Youth Flash Training
    7. WIA Youth Program WIA Youth Flash Training
    8. Youth Employment Rules WIA Youth Flash Training.

    Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Report to Congress on the Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau

    This report to Congress (PDF, 74 pages) documents the activities and accomplishments for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 of three programs authorized by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. The three programs are the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach. The report also describes the related network of support — including the National Communications System; the monitoring system; and other coordinating, training, and research activities. Learn more (PDF, 74 pages).

  • September 16, 2014
    Department of Education Strengthens Federal Student Loan Servicing
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    ED has announced several steps that will help student loan borrowers manage debt, including implementing renegotiated federal student loan service contracts and soliciting input from stakeholders on improving the federal student loan program. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Students Who Have Beaten the Odds Share Their Stories With the Secretary
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    A group of young people recently joined Secretary of ED Arne Duncan and others to tell their stories and share what helped them graduate from high school while facing great challenges. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This fact sheet helps education leaders better understand the responsibilities of states and districts in serving immigrant children from Central America and those who have recently crossed the U.S.-Mexican border. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

    According to the latest version of “Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013,” the cost of raising a child born in 2013 will be $245,340 by the time the child reaches age 18. An infographic (PDF, 1 page) breaks down the findings. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Evidence Review
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

    In the updated version of the TTP Evidence Review, four new programs have been added that meet criteria for effectiveness. The review also includes updated data for three previously reviewed programs. More information about selecting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based interventions is also available from FindYouthInfo.gov’s Guide to Evidence and Innovation. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Answering Teen Girls’ Questions About Their Bodies
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

    Updates to the body section of girlshealth.gov can help parents answer questions teen girls have about their changing bodies. The section includes information about puberty, periods, birth control, and a variety of other topics. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition: Physical Activity Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

    The Physical Activity Initiative highlights the benefits of regular exercise for youth. The website offers public service announcements from sports superstars and co-chairs Dominique Dawes and Drew Brees, as well as other resources and information about the benefits of physical activity for young people. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    The “Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014” contains recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that can help guide clinicians’ decisions related to screening, counseling, and preventive medication for children, youth, and adults. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Engaging Stakeholders to Improve the Quality of Children’s Health Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    A new guide shares tips and suggested steps for planning and implementing initiatives for improving child health care quality. Information is based on data from the national evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 Quality Demonstration Grant Program. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    2014 National Preparedness Month Toolkit Available
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Gear up by using the resources in the newly released NPM 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit to plan events in your community. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Report
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice

    A recent report provides an overview of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (PDF, 47 pages), including the program’s history, goals, and components. The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative is research-focused and aims to increase the safety of schools by developing knowledge about the most effective and sustainable safety interventions and programs. Learn more (PDF, 47 pages). 

  • September 16, 2014
    Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of State

    Through the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, 26 Iraqi high school students and their mentors traveled to Washington, DC, to conclude a four-week exchange program in the United States on civic education, leadership development, respect for diversity, and community engagement. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    New Publications to Support Juvenile Reentry
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    The National Reentry Resource Center released two new publications that can help support juvenile reentry:

    The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, BJA, and OJJDP. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    Download the KnowBullying App
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    The new KnowBullying app aims to help parents start a dialogue with their child that can lay the foundation for stronger relationships and prevent bullying. Available for free for Android and iPhone, the app includes conversation starters about bullying, tips for bullying prevention, information about warning signs of bullying, and more. Learn more.

  • September 16, 2014
    September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    On September 11, CNCS organized one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history. Volunteers participated in service activities to pay tribute to 9/11 victims and survivors and to those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    Enhancements Made to REMS TA Center
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education; Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

    The REMS TA Center has updated its website with new information and features, including an online community of practice, a tool for evaluating emergency operations plans, online courses for practitioners in the field of emergency management at schools and institutions of higher education, and state emergency management resources. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    Back-To-School Food Safety Tips for Parents
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture

    Parents can reduce their child’s risk of contracting a foodborne illness by following a few simple tips when packing lunch for school. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    Vice President Biden Congratulates Winners of National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    Vice President Joe Biden welcomed members of the University of Central Florida’s cyber defense team to the White House to congratulate them on their victory in the 2014 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    USDA Re-launching HealthierUS School Challenge
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary program that provides financial awards to schools that choose to take steps to encourage kids to make healthy choices and be more physically active. Additional tools to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks as students return for the new school year are now available. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; International Association of Chiefs of Police

    Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement” (PDF, 2 pages) offers recommendations from experts that can help law enforcement officials address and investigate cyberbullying. This resource is available in both English and Spanish languages. Learn more (PDF, 2 pages).

  • September 8, 2014
    New Video Available from The Nation’s Report Card: An Introduction to the National Indian Education Study
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

    The National Indian Education Study (NIES) explores the condition of education for American Indian and Alaska Native students in the United States. This video describes the NIES and includes information about what it evaluates and why participation in the study is important for Native students and communities. The study is being conducted as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    Get the Facts: Tattoos and Permanent Make-up
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    The FDA has developed a fact sheet (PDF, 2 pages) for women considering getting tattoos or permanent make-up. It includes information about types of tattoos, risks of getting a tattoo, tattoo removal, and the FDA’s role. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    A Summer of Opportunities and Learning
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Brandon, a summer intern at HUD’s Region 1 office in Boston, describes his internship experience and what he has learned about the importance of agency collaboration. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    "Partners in Progress" Back-to-School Bus Tour
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED) From September 8 to 10, Department of Education

    Secretary Arne Duncan and other officials from ED will participate in the "Partners in Progress” back-to-school bus tour. The tour will visit sites in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to discuss current changes and challenges in education. Learn more.

  • September 8, 2014
    Underage Binge Alcohol Use Varies Within and Across States
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    A new report from SAMHSA reveals that rates of underage binge drinking vary greatly across the United States, with sub-state regions seeing drastically different levels. Of the sub-state regions with the highest rates, five were in the Northeast, five were in the South, five were in the Midwest, and one was in the West. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    All the Pointers You Need to Help Homeless Students Finish High School--And Go on to College
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This article highlights "Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for Shelters and Service Providers," a resource developed by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. This series of tip sheets is divided into five sections which each address a different aspect of attempting to help keep homeless youth in school, including information on McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, easing homeless youths’ paths to college, and helping homeless youth access basic services. Learn more.  

  • August 25, 2014
    Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen's Health, Too
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This article highlights a recent study published in Pediatrics that found youth who come from low-income families who attend more rigorous high schools may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    State/Federal Efforts to Reduce Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Remains Effective
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    A new report on the Synar Amendment program, a federal and state partnership aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors, shows that all the states and the District of Columbia continue to meet their goals of preventing sales of tobacco to those under age 18. According to the report, only 9.6 percent of inspected retail outlets illegally sold tobacco products to youth in 2013, which is significantly lower than the 20 percent target rate set by the program. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    Toolkit to Incorporate Adolescent Relationship Abuse Prevention Into Existing Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programming
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    Developed by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program’s Training and Technical Assistance and Meeting Logistical Support project for the Family and Youth Services Bureau, this toolkit can help educators and youth workers integrate relationship violence prevention into their existing adolescent pregnancy prevention programming. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    Changing Lives: Prevention and Intervention to Reduce Serious Offending
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute of Justice

    This bulletin provides a review of effective early childhood, juvenile, and early adulthood programs that mitigate risk factors for delinquency and have demonstrated measurable impacts on offending. These programs are grouped by family, school, peers, and community, individual, and employment. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).

  • August 25, 2014
    New Commitments to Improve College Opportunity
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    This blog post outlines new developments in the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand college access for all students, including steps to strengthen college readiness for academically underprepared students, improve the effectiveness of college advising, enhance support for school counselors, and increase efforts to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to broaden participation in STEM for underrepresented groups. The White House will also host another College Opportunity Summit on December 4, 2014, which will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    Q&A: Helping Families Protect Themselves From Recurring Trauma
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This interview with Laurel Kiser, of the University of Maryland’s Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center, discusses the potential negative effects of anticipatory stress and highlights Strengthening Family Coping Resources, a multi-week program that Kiser and her colleagues facilitate that helps families deal with recurring stressors. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    10 Things That Rule about Back-to-School
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    This article provides information and resources for educators and parents as they help students with disabilities to have a healthy, successful start to the new school year. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    Jackson-Madison County Schools Demonstrate the Power of Youth Engagement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture

    This blog post highlights the Jackson-Madison County School System in Tennessee which has implemented innovative strategies to integrate students into the school nutrition program structure and empower them to make healthy food choices. Learn more.

  • August 25, 2014
    Financial Aid Not Enough? Ideas on How to Fill the Gap
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post offers ideas for students who have received federal, state, and institutional financial aid resources, but are still struggling to cover the cost of college. Learn more.

  • August 19, 2014
    Voices from the Field on Supporting First-Year College Students
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

    NCSSLE’s Voices from the Field is a place for administrators, teachers, school support staff, and community and family members to respond to and view answers to topical polling questions, learn what experts think about important issues, and share experiences. This month’s Voices from the Field is about supporting first-year college students as they adjust to new environments, including helping them avoid high-risk alcohol use. Learn more.   

  • August 19, 2014
    Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    This resource list provides information for professionals who are working with youth who have arrived in the United States without caregivers. These resources address the trauma that many unaccompanied and immigrant minors have experienced due to war or persecution, abuse, trafficking, and violence and the impact these experiences can have on their mental and physical health. Learn more.

  • August 19, 2014
    Psychological First Aid Kit
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This article provides information about Psychological First Aid (PFA), an approach to helping people of all ages deal with trauma-related stress. As the article explains, Psychological First Aid for Schools brings this model into schools to help students, staff, and family members cope with feelings of fear, trauma, and stress brought on by emergencies. Learn more.  

  • August 19, 2014
    Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Fact Sheet for Teachers and School Staff
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Developed by the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Mis­souri and funded by SAMHSA, this resource provides an overview of how media coverage of disasters may affect children and adolescents (PDF, 4 pages) and strategies that teachers, counselors, social workers, and other staff can use to help children and adolescents cope with their emotional reactions to the coverage. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages).   

  • August 19, 2014
    U.S. Department of Education Strengthens Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    ED has proposed new regulations that will update eligibility standards and improve access for student and parent borrowers under the federal Direct PLUS loan program. Learn more.  

  • August 19, 2014
    Emergency Department Visits for Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Have Increased
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    As this report illustrates, drug-related emergency department visits involving suicide attempts (PDF, 1 page) have increased in recent years, with a 58% increase seen in visits involving patients ages 18-29 between 2005 and 2011. Learn more (PDF, 1 page).  

  • August 19, 2014
    ED Intern Inspired by Stories of Teachers’ Motivations
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    Shannon, an aspiring teacher and ED intern, shares how her internship with ED’s Regional Office in Chicago has helped her connect what she’s learned in school to the real-life experiences and motivations of teachers across the country, and how it inspired her to join the fight against inequality in education. Learn more.

  • August 19, 2014
    My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Resonates Personally for ED Intern
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    Durrell, a summer intern with ED’s New York Office of Communications and Outreach, shares how his internship gave him the opportunity to be a role model and how important he believes My Brother’s Keeper is for helping young minority males reach full potential. Learn more.

  • August 19, 2014
    Celebrating 24 Years of the ADA – Keeping School Doors Open to All
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice (DOJ)

    This blog post celebrates the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires schools, localities, and state agencies to provide educational services and guarantee equal opportunity for students with disabilities. The post also highlights the work of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division in support of students with disabilities. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    Administration Honors U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees; Announces Second Annual Best Practices Tour
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    On July 22, 2014, multiple administration officials joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to honor the 48 Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. Secretary Duncan also announced the 2014 Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students Best Practices Tour. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    Privacy & Transparency: New Resources for Schools and Districts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Two new or updated resources related to privacy and student data are available from the Department of Education. The Privacy Technical Assistance Center offers guidance, recommendations, and best practices on transparency for schools and districts, specifically related to keeping parents informed about the collection and use of student data. The Family Policy Compliance Office now has an updated, more user-friendly website that will soon include an online community of practice for school officials. Learn more

  • August 11, 2014
    Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives
    Agencies/Departments: Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma

    This report illustrates how trauma-informed approaches (PDF, 77 pages) to serving women and girls have been implemented across more than a dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices through multiple projects, programs, and initiatives. Learn more (PDF, 77 pages). 

  • August 11, 2014
    Your Bill of Rights: A Collection of Rights for Youth In Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Service, Children’s Bureau; National Resource Center for Youth Development

    This resource includes information gathered from Bills of Rights for youth in care developed by states and youth advisory boards across the country. Eleven different categories of rights are described: safety, family, placement, health and well-being, case details, identity and freedoms, information and awareness, privacy, education, finances, and court proceedings. This document also contains information and tools (PDF, 25 pages) that states and youth advisory boards can use to create their own bills of rights for youth in care. Learn more (PDF, 25 pages).

  • August 11, 2014
    Supportive School Discipline Initiative Resources Available Online
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services

    A new brief describes the work of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative (PDF, 2 pages) and features links to online research, data collection, funding, and related resources, including the school discipline guidance package. Learn more (PDF, 2 pages).  

  • August 11, 2014
    Three Words Everyone With Mental Illness Should Learn
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post describes the mental and physical health struggles that activist Jessica Gimeno experienced as a young person with bipolar disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and myasthenia gravis and shares how asking for help was the key to her success in school and life. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    According to a new report from the Surgeon General, skin cancer is an increasing, major public health problem in the United States. Nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer every year, and it is one of the most common types of cancer among teens and young adults. Learn more.   

  • August 11, 2014
    Copies Available: Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Copies from the second printing of Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools are now available for order. This free toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    Preteen and Teen Vaccines
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    This recently updated website provides information about the recommended vaccines for teens and preteens and related resources for teens, parents, and clinicians. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed if We Are Investing in Our Young People.”
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    President Obama participated in a town hall with youth at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. At the event, he discussed new commitments from private sector organizations in support of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Learn more

  • August 11, 2014
    Employment and Training Administration Advisories
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

    The ETA released the following advisories in July 2014:

     

  • August 11, 2014
    U.S. Department of Education Expands Innovation in Higher Education through the Experimental Sites Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Department of Education announced a new round of experimental sites, known as “ex-sites,” that will test innovative practices for providing better, faster, and more flexible academic and career paths. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating, and Building Resilience
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Department of Education (ED)

    In this publication, FEMA, the Red Cross, and ED outline a vision for a nation of prepared youth through the mobilization of youth preparedness education (PDF, 32 pages) in communities across the country. It identifies nine key steps, each associated with one or more short- and long-term activities that are critical to fulfilling the vision of a prepared youth community. Learn more (PDF, 32 pages).

  • August 11, 2014
    Beware of Student Loan Debt Relief Offers and Credit Repair “Deals”
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post, written by the student Loan Ombudsman at Federal Student Aid, warns recent graduates to avoid student debt relief companies and, instead, reach out to their loan servicer and consult resources on the Department of Education’s websites. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    Recognizing When a Child’s Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    This guide can help first-responders and investigators distinguish between types of injuries and differentiate between injuries that result from child abuse (PDF, 28 pages) and those that are accidental. Learn more (PDF, 28 pages).  

  • August 11, 2014
    Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    This bulletin examines suicidal thoughts and behaviors among detained youth (PDF, 12 pages), using data from the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. The findings indicate that one of every 10 newly detained youth has a history of attempted suicide, meaning that detained youth may be at a greater risk of attempting suicide than young people in the general population. Learn more (PDF, 12 pages).  

  • August 11, 2014
    Why Educating Girls Matters
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post describes a recent panel discussion held at the Department of Education regarding the importance of educating girls worldwide. Learn more.

  • August 11, 2014
    TechGirls Exchange Program Brings Middle East and North Africa Teens to United States
    Agencies/Departments: Department of State

    From July 31 to August 22, girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen are participating in the third TechGirls exchange program. This program provides knowledge, resources, peer networks, and mentor relationships to encourage girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue higher education and careers in technology. Learn more.  

  • August 11, 2014
    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    On July 30, the United Nations observed the first-ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness about human trafficking. This blog post describes the Blue Campaign, a collaborative effort between DHS and law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations. The campaign strives to combat human trafficking, increase awareness, protect and support survivors, investigate trafficking cases, and assist in the prosecution of traffickers. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    Contribution of Excessive Alcohol Consumption to Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost in the United States
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    This study aimed to update the national estimates of alcohol-attributable deaths (AAD) and years of potential life lost (YPLL) in the United States. The results show that excessive drinking accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults and remains a leading cause of premature mortality nationwide. About 5% of all average annual AAD and 10% of average annual YPLL involved individuals under 21 years of age. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    New Initiative to Provide All Students Access to Great Educators
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Department of Education announced the launch of the Excellent Educators for All Initiative. This initiative will help states and school districts support great educators for the students who need them most. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    Promoting Health Through Local School Wellness Policies
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    The Bridging the Gap research program — supported by the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — developed a series of seven briefs that highlight opportunities to support wellness policies through evidence-based strategies. These briefs assess policies across school districts nationwide related to seven components of wellness. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    Serious Mental Health Challenges Among Older Adolescents and Young Adults
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report illustrates the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders among older adolescents and young adults (PDF, 14 pages).The report also describes how these challenges can affect their successful transition to adulthood in terms of residential stability, education, health insurance coverage, and involvement with the justice system. Learn more (PDF, 14 pages). 

  • August 5, 2014
    From Youth to Adulthood: Offering Help
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    The Summer 2014 edition of SAMHSA News describes the difficulties that many young people with mental health challenges face once they “age out” and are no longer eligible for children’s mental health services. This edition also highlights SAMHSA’s Emerging Adults Initiative, which aims to address these challenges by helping young people with mental health issues transition into successful adulthood. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    New Online Course from SAMHSA: Managing Anger
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This free online course uses a cognitive behavioral approach to working with angry clients. This course covers a range of topics, including how people respond to getting angry, how to manage anger from people with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, and how to assess anger and readiness for anger treatment. The course may be useful for behavioral health service providers, human resource and other managers, school teachers and administrators, and professionals working in the criminal justice system. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    E-Cigarettes Pose Risks
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This article describes the emergence of the electronic cigarette (also known as the eCig or e-cigarette). The article highlights the lack of research currently available about the long-term health risks associated with e-cigarette use and provides data on e-cigarette use among youth. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    What Does the Research Tell Us About Services for Children in Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care With Behavioral Health Issues?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report presents the key findings and recommendations of a technical expert panel convened to assess the research about services for foster care children in therapeutic or treatment care (PDF, 104 pages). Learn more (PDF, 104 pages). 

  • August 5, 2014
    The First-Ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor

    The first-ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship gathered employers, labor unions, training providers, and local workforce leaders to share their best ideas to increase apprenticeship in America. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

    This special report on young adults in the United States, ages 18-24, includes data from nationally representative, federally sponsored surveys. Data are summarized under five key themes: education; economic circumstances; family formation; civic, social, and personal behavior; and health and safety. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    Primary Sources: Social Networks as the Context for Understanding Employment Services Utilization Among Homeless Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    A study published in the Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning analyzed the degree to which homeless youths’ friends and acquaintances influence their use of employment services. The study found that homeless youth who received resources, such as money or food, from peers also living on the street were 86% less likely to use employment services, but those who received emotional support from peers living on the street were 6.4 times more likely to use employment services. The study also found that youth who reported receiving food, money, shelter, or emotional support from case workers were 2.9 times more likely to use employment services. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    Five Ways to Help Youth Stay in School and Get Jobs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This slideshow presents ways in which youth workers can support and promote the education and employment of youth. Tips include becoming familiar with education rights, preventing bullying, helping young people explore job interests, and more. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    Age of Substance Use Initiation Among Treatment Admissions Aged 18 to 30
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    A new report from SAMHSA indicates that the risk of developing drug dependence or abuse is greater for individuals who start using substances during adolescence, compared with those who start during adulthood. The report, which draws from a national data system of annual admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities, also shows that people who start using substances at a young age are at greater risk of needing treatment later and are more likely to be using more than one substance when they are admitted for treatment. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    AANAPISIs: Serving a Critical AAPI Student Population
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post outlines the issues discussed at a recent meeting that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander education stakeholders. At the meeting, attendees requested a clear statement that Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are indeed in the same class of institutions as Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions under the Higher Education Act (HEA). In response to these concerns, the Department updated its website, recommending listing AANAPISIs along with the other classes of schools delineated under HEA. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    New Online Role-Play Tool Helps Parents Talk About Underage Drinking With Children
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    As part of the “Talk. They Hear You” underage drinking prevention campaign, SAMHSA will launch a new mobile app that features a video game-like tool that can help parents practice tough conversations about underage drinking. When using the app, parents can engage in 10- to 15-minute interactive virtual role-play conversations with a responsive avatar, practicing difficult conversations about underage drinking in a risk-free environment. Learn more.   

  • August 5, 2014
    Give Students What They Are Asking For: Healthier Foods, Healthier Lives
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    This blog post, written by the CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, describes the organization’s work to help schools improve the nutritional quality of the foods they offer to students and the progress that many schools have made to meet the new school nutrition standards issued by the USDA. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    HIV and Adolescents: Guidance for HIV Testing and Counselling and Care for Adolescents Living With HIV

    Developed by the World Health Organization, this report provides specific recommendations and expert suggestions about prioritizing, planning, and providing HIV testing, counseling, treatment, and care services for adolescents. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    DoD, DOJ Improve Sexual Assault Response Advocate Training
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Defense (DoD); Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

    The DoD and DOJ’s OVC collaborated to produce the Advanced Military Sexual Assault Advocate Training curriculum. This 20-hour online course builds on the skills learned during initial certification. This course provides sexual assault advocacy skills training through role-playing scenarios that require course participation and interactivity. The development and implementation of this advanced training is part of DoD’s ongoing efforts to educate response professionals and add to the quality of support that sexual assault victims receive. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    2014 National Prevention Strategy Annual Status Report
    Agencies/Departments: The National Prevention Council

    The National Prevention Council released its 2014 Annual Status Report. The report illustrates progress in implementing the National Prevention Strategy and highlights the collective impact of the federal government and its partners to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Learn more (PDF, 88 pages).  

  • August 5, 2014
    Financial Literacy of 15-Year-Olds: Results From PISA 2012
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

    This report illustrates the findings from the 2012 administration of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) financial literacy assessment (PDF, 3 pages), which assessed students’ knowledge and understanding of fundamental elements of the financial world. The average score for the United States was 492, which was not measurably different from the overall average of 500, but the United States performed lower than the average in seven education systems. Learn more (PDF, 3 pages).  

  • August 5, 2014
    Online Professional Learning Checklist
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology

    The Online Professional Learning Checklist can be used by school district leaders to identify and evaluate online learning opportunities for educators (PDF, 14 pages). Individual educators can also use the tool to evaluate the quality of potential online learning opportunities. Learn more (PDF, 14 pages).

  • August 5, 2014
    Baccalaureate and Beyond: A First Look at the Employment Experiences and Lives of College Graduates, 4 Years On
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

    This report presents initial findings about the labor market experiences and enrollment in additional postsecondary degree programs of bachelor's degree recipients approximately four years after they completed their 2007-08 degrees. These findings are based on data from the second follow-up of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the FCC's Vote to Modernize the E-Rate Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Federal Communications Commission recently voted to modernize the E-Rate Program, meaning that an additional $2 billion will be made available to provide high-speed Wi-Fi in schools across the next two years. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan remarked on this important milestone in meeting a goal of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative to provide 99% of American students with Internet access in their classrooms and libraries. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    Using Community Volunteers to Support Prevention & Enforcement of Underage Drinking
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center

    This two-hour online course explores the value and effective means of using community volunteers to support the prevention and enforcement of underage drinking. Participants will understand how to create, implement, supervise, and assess an effective community volunteer program with a focus on prevention and enforcement of underage drinking. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    Health and Academic Achievement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    This webpage synthesizes evidence showing that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement and illustrates the critical role that schools play in promoting the health and safety of young people and the adoption of healthy behaviors. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    President Announces New AmeriCorps Partnerships to Expand Opportunities for Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service; Department of Justice; Department of Agriculture

    President Obama announced new AmeriCorps partnerships with the Departments of Justice and Agriculture, as well as the private- sector partners AT&T and Citi Foundation. These commitments are part of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and represent a $24 million investment in national service. Learn more.  

  • August 5, 2014
    Archive of KSOC-TV Webisode on “Journey to Adulthood” Now Available
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This archived webisode from KSOC-TV, as part of the Georgetown University Training Institutes 2014, explores emerging issues among young adults in transition (ages 18-25). Such issues include employment, housing, education, juvenile justice, and peer support. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    My Brother’s Keeper D.C. Data Jam
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    As part of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, Georgetown University and the Department of Education will hold a series of Data Jams to bring together diverse stakeholders — including developers, designers, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, researchers, statisticians, policymakers, educators, and students — to study the data, create visualizations of current challenges facing boys and young men of color, and develop effective tools and applications. The first Data Jam was held in Washington, D.C. Learn more. 

  • August 4, 2014
    New York City's New Guide to Working With Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    Developed by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, this guide recommends best practices for working with transgender youth and young people who don't conform to gender norms. Although specific to New York, this resource provides general but valuable information for professionals who work with transgender and gender non-confirming young people. The guide contains an overview of the challenges these children and youth face, a glossary of terms, practices to avoid, promising practices, and sample forms. Learn more.

  • July 15, 2014
    Applications Available: OAH Unpaid Graduate Student Internship Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    OAH is seeking applicants for the OAH Unpaid Graduate Student Internship Program (PDF, 4 pages) for fall 2014, winter 2014-2015, and summer 2015. Interns will work across three divisions, under the guidance of senior OAH staff, assisting with meaningful projects relevant to their area of interest and level of experience. Tasks may include working on policy papers, research briefs, literature reviews, reports, website content, meetings, and events. All interns will be expected to complete a project related to their area of interest and provide a final presentation to OAH that highlights the work they have done. Application deadlines: fall, July 21, 2014; winter, November 3, 2014; summer, March 2, 2015. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages). 

  • July 7, 2014
    Request for Information on Significant Disproportionality
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Comment Deadline: July 21, 2014
    The Department of Education is requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality in special education based on race and ethnicity. The Department would like input on actions related to (1) identifying, placing, and disciplining children with disabilities and (2) ensuring that funds reserved for comprehensive, coordinated early intervention services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are used to effectively address significant disproportionality. Learn more.

  • January 29, 2014
    Webinar: Examining Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) for Asian/Pacific Islander Youth: Strategies to Effectively Address DMC
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), State Training and Technical Assistance Center

    Date: January 30, 2014; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar will focus on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth in the juvenile justice system. Andrea Coleman, OJJDP’s DMC Coordinator, will discuss the unique characteristics of API youth, their rates of DMC and the stereotypes that lead to their contact with the system, and strategies for effectively working with this diverse population. Learn more.  

  • January 22, 2014
    Webinar: Effective Youth Diversion Strategies for Law Enforcement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Date: January 23, 2014; 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar, presented by OJJDP in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, will focus on youth diversion programs. Panelists will discuss program development, implementation challenges, and successes, and will highlight strategies that law enforcement agencies can consider when creating or enhancing a diversion program. Learn more.

  • January 14, 2014
    Webinar: Drilling Down: An Analytical Look at EBP Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center

    Date: February 6, 2014; 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar will feature a discussion of the major evidence-based practice resources available to juvenile justice professionals and a comparison of rating systems. Presenters will explore the research presented, discuss how to apply it in daily work, and encourage practitioners in the field to be critical consumers of research evidence. Learn more.  

  • January 14, 2014
    Webinar: Underage Drinking Laws: How Are We Doing and Where Are We Going?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center

    Date: January 23, 2014; 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    This webinar will provide an overview of national efforts to reduce underage drinking, effective strategies to address this issue, and the work of law enforcement agencies to expand the reach of their efforts while building upon established practices. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    White House Student Film Festival
    Agencies/Departments: White House

    Submission Deadline: January 29, 2014
    K–12 students across the country are invited to participate in the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. Students should submit 1- to 3-minute short videos that highlight how they use technology in their classroom or school or the role that technology will play in education in the future. Finalists will have the opportunity to attend a screening of their films at the White House and have their films posted on the White House website. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    December Is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
    Agencies/Departments: Office of National Drug Control Policy

    National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is a time to spread awareness of the risks, and strengthening efforts to prevent drugged driving. This blog post highlights the potential fatal outcomes of drugged driving and highlights the efforts of individuals, communities, and states to work toward improving safety. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    I Am Indian Country: eBook Contest for Native American Youth

    Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014
    We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle invite American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai‘ian youth, ages 13–24, to submit an essay, a photo, a graphic, an illustration, a video, or an audio recording that illustrates their cultural values. The top ten entries will be awarded $100 in cash prizes, and all submissions will be featured in an eBook, the weRnative blog, the Reconnecting the Circle website, and other content platforms. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    SAMHSA’S Prevention Day: February 3, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA will hold its annual Prevention Day on February 3, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum. With the theme “The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade,” Prevention Day will feature speakers, plenaries, and workshops that will provide information on effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Environmental Education Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Application Deadline: February 4, 2014
    The EPA seeks grant proposals from local education agencies, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, tribal education agencies, 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities working in education to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: January 20, 2013
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, to be held on January 20, 2013, marks an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy by serving their community. Learn about service projects in your area, plan your own event, and share your organization’s plans for the day.

  • December 17, 2013
    Call for New Ideas and Innovations in Higher Education
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2014
    In support of President Obama’s agenda to combat rising college costs, the Secretary of Education will use his statutory authority under the Higher Education Act (HEA) to grant waivers from specific Title IV, HEA statutory or regulatory requirements to allow a limited number of postsecondary educational institutions to participate in experiments to test alternative methods for administering the Title IV, HEA programs. These experimental sites will test new ideas that shine a light on innovative practices that can accelerate innovation, remove regulatory hurdles, and simplify pathways to higher education. The Department of Education is requesting that the public, including the higher education community and others with a stake in a more educated workforce and society, submit ideas for experimental sites. Submissions should also include data on the outcomes of the proposed alternatives and reasonable assessments of what would have happened under the existing requirements. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    Bright Idea: A Free Teen Clinic Reduces Barriers to Health Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This article highlights the work of Tulane’s Drop-In Clinic, which provides free medical care to teens in New Orleans. It shares some of the best practices that have helped the clinic successfully reduce barriers and connect youth to care. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    Five Key Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Young People
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This blog post links to multiple resources that can help youth-serving programs understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects youth, including homeless and runaway youth. The post also provides some of the highlights from a recent webinar that discussed what youth and youth workers need to know about the ACA. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    Preliminary Data Show Signs of Improvement Among High School Graduation Rates
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Data released on states’ graduation rates in 2011–2012 show that 16 states reported graduation rates at or above 85 percent, an improvement from 9 states reporting these rates in 2010–2011. This is the second year for which all states used a common metric to report graduation rates, allowing greater uniformity, transparency, and comparisons between across states and districts. Learn more.  

  • December 6, 2013
    Addressing and Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post discusses the issue of sexual assault on college campuses and the damaging effects of sexual assault for victims and communities. The post also describes key elements of sexual assault prevention campaigns and provides links to resources from the Department of Justice created to aid in campus sexual assault prevention efforts. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    FEMA Corps Members Graduate After 10 Months of Disaster Service
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    After completing 10 months of intensive service to disaster survivors, including those from Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornados, 141 FEMA Corps members based at the Sacramento AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps campus were honored at graduation ceremonies. A partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and CNCS, FEMA Corps engages young people ages 18–24 in disaster response and recovery projects, thereby enhancing our nation’s response to disasters while expanding career opportunities for these young adults. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    2014 National Mentoring Summit
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Date: January 30 and 31, 2014
    Convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and host committee members―CNCS, the Harvard School of Public Health, OJJDP, and United Way Worldwide―the 2014 National Mentoring Summit will highlight evidence-based mentoring practices, innovative program models, and emerging research. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    Funding Opportunity: Youth CareerConnect
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor

    Application Deadline: January 27, 2014
    Through the Youth CareerConnect grant program, the Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education will award $100 million in funding to provide high school students with the education and skills they need to pursue a successful career. The grants will also encourage school districts, colleges, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for young people. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    2012 School Health Profiles
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health

    The newly released 2012 School Health Profiles include information gathered through surveys conducted in 45 states, 16 large urban school districts, four territories, and two tribal governments on multiple measures related to school health. The report includes background information on the Profiles, a fact sheet on key 2012 results, and a fact sheet on each state, school district, territory, and tribal government on obesity, sexual risk behaviors, and tobacco use. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    OK2TALK: Help for Youth

    Developed by the National Association of Broadcasters and featured on MentalHealth.gov, OK2TALK is a new campaign that aims to encourage young people struggling with mental health challenges to talk about their experiences, without fear of stigma, and to create opportunities for open conversations in schools, in the workplace, and among families about mental health. The campaign includes TV and radio PSAs and an online community where youth can share their story by submitting creative content. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    How Are CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States Working to Improve Adolescent Health Care?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    This article describes the work of 18 states, funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, to improve the quality of health care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The barriers the states have encountered and strategies to address these barriers are discussed. The article also suggests actions that states can take to enhance adolescent health care. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    Six Ways You Can Help Youth During National Runaway Prevention Month—and Beyond
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In observance of National Runaway Prevention Month, this slideshow provides tips for youth-serving professionals and programs on how they can keep youth from running away and help them if they do run. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    4 Things to Do Before You Make Your First Student Loan Payment
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog entry outlines the four things recent graduates should do as they prepare to make their first student loan payment: get organized, contact the loan servicer, estimate monthly payments, and select a repayment plan. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    Understanding the Impact of Children’s Exposure to Violence in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice

    This blog entry describes the new task force created to examine the impact of violence on children in Indian country. This task force, which originated from the findings of the Defending Childhood Initiative, comprises a federal working group and an advisory committee of experts. It will hold its first hearing on December 9, 2013. Learn more.  

  • November 21, 2013
    2014 National Drug Facts Week: January 27–February 2, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    NIDA has officially opened registration for 2014 National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) (January 27–February 2, 2014), an annual observance with events across the country that connect young people with information about drug abuse. NIDA provides materials that can be used at events, as well as a toolkit that can help organizations plan their activities. Learn more and register your NDFW 2014 event.

  • November 21, 2013
    Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

    This report introduces the Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters model, which promotes the effective coordination of the diverse systems and agencies that serve children and youth following a disaster. This model has been implemented in the wake of multiple recent disasters, including the Joplin, Missouri, tornado and Hurricane Sandy. It provides recommendations to states, tribes, territories, and communities about launching their own task forces and describes how the Administration for Children and Families can provide support. Learn more (PDF, 14 pages).  

  • November 21, 2013
    Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Schools Safe!
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

    This report examines new tools to gauge and prevent potential school crises and new uses for familiar technologies in school settings. It also highlights successful safety programs in urban and rural schools. Learn more (PDF, 82 pages).  

  • November 21, 2013
    Marijuana: Facts for Teens
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

    This updated booklet can help teens learn the facts about marijuana, including its potential to lead to other drug use and its effect on different parts of the body. Learn more (PDF, 13 pages).

  • November 21, 2013
    National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    With the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest aims to increase awareness about child abduction. Students in grade 5 are invited to create posters that reflect the theme and to submit an application that describes the importance of collaboration in bringing missing children home safely. The winner from each state will be entered into a national competition, and the national winner, along with his or her parents and teacher, will be invited to Washington, DC, to participate in the Missing Children’s Day ceremony. Learn more.  

  • November 21, 2013
    Administration Holds Public Forums to Engage Stakeholders in Efforts to Improve College Affordability
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    To gather public feedback about the Administration’s plan to address rising college costs, the Department of Education hosted three public forums across the country and will hold the final forum at Louisiana State University on November 21. Learn more about the forums and President Obama’s agenda to address the cost of higher education. 

  • November 21, 2013
    Research Brief: Young Adults and the Health Insurance Marketplace
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

    This research brief analyzes what young, uninsured Americans can expect to pay if they purchase insurance through the Insurance Marketplace, estimating that nearly 5 in 10 uninsured, single young adults who are eligible could pay $50 or less per month. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).   

  • November 21, 2013
    OAH Launches New Infographics Twitter Hashtag
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    OAH will now use the hashtag #OAHPicks to highlight updates on new infographics related to the topic of adolescent health. Learn more.  

  • November 20, 2013
    Six Ways You Can Help Youth During National Runaway Prevention Month--and Beyond
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In observance of National Runaway Prevention Month, this slideshow provides tips for youth-serving professionals and programs on how they can youth from running away and helping them if they do run. Learn more.

  • November 20, 2013
    Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

    OWH developed the new Communication Skills Building program to help community organizations lead discussions with families and caregivers about improving their communication with their preteen and teen daughters. The free materials include facilitators’ guides, online videos, and tip sheets for parents to use with African-American and Hispanic communities. Learn more.