”NDTAC Fact Sheet: Improving Services for Youth Who are LGBT in Juvenile Justice Systems” helps state and local administrators and practitioners improve policies and practices that promote safe and inclusive treatment of youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in juvenile justice systems. This resource also explores the experiences of LGBT youth in juvenile justice systems and implications for policy and practice. Learn more.
Officials from the White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health and Human Services met with a diverse group of experts and leaders to announce a series of steps aimed at providing stronger support to children of incarcerated parents. This effort reflects President Obama’s ongoing commitment to helping these young people thrive despite unique challenges. Learn more.
The First in the World (FITW) grant program aims to elevate quality and innovation in higher education while increasing the affordability of a college degree. This blog post illustrates how LaGuardia Community College, one of the winners of the FITW grant program, is supporting students to achieve their educational and career goals. Learn more.
The DoD’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works to stop domestic abuse before it starts by providing education, prevention programming, and support for all members of the military community. FAP also supports survivors of abuse by providing counseling, assisting in finding shelter and other supports, and helping them obtain Military Protective Orders against abusers. Learn more.
Sol Flores (founding executive director of La Casa Norte in Chicago) and Margaret Mitchell (president and CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland) share tips for how runaway and homeless youth programs can adopt a “housing-first” approach that emphasizes stable, permanent housing as a primary strategy for ending homelessness. Learn more.
On October 22, 2014, FYSB hosted “Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action,” an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and look forward to ending youth homelessness by 2020. The panel of speakers featured special guest Cyndi Lauper (co-founder and board member of the True Colors Fund) and three formerly homeless young people who shared their stories of hope. Learn more.
Deadline: November 20, 2014
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, We R Native encourages native youth to participate in the 30 Day Photo Challenge by posting photos that show what it means to be Native American. Winners will receive $75 (1st), $50 (2nd), or $25 (3rd). Learn more.
Deadline for Nominations: January 19, 2015
OJJDP is seeking nominations for the 2015 National Missing Children’s Day Awards. Every year, OJJDP honors the work of individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a difference in recovering missing children and protecting children from exploitation. Awards will be given in the following categories: Missing Children’s Law Enforcement Award; OJJDP Administrator’s Citizen Award; Missing Children’s Child Protection Award; and 2015 Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Learn more.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced two commencement challenges as part of her Reach Higher Initiative, which encourages students to complete their education past high school. Schools are invited to create video submissions that capture their efforts to make attending and completing college a reality for all students. Finalists could have the opportunity to hear from the First Lady at their commencement ceremonies.
This blog post provides information for borrowers who have missed a student loan payment and details options that borrowers can discuss with their loan servicer, like consolidating loans and switching repayment plans. Learn more.
Written by Sheri Jones, a trainer with the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI), this blog post shares how Sheri’s experience attending a NYLI substance abuse prevention training program helped her find her purpose as a member of the anti-drug movement. Learn more.
Got Transition has released updated clinical resources on the transition from pediatric to adult health care. The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition (Version 2.0) define the basic components of transition support and are based on the 2011 Clinical Report on Health Care Transition, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. Got Transition has also launched its redesigned website which includes updated information for youth, young adults, families, researchers, and policymakers. Learn more.
The Department of Education has announced new regulations that career colleges must abide by to protect students from fraud and abuse. These regulations, which will go into effect July 1, 2015, will prevent students from being overburdened with debt, provide more accountability, encourage more transparency, and promote positive outcomes for students. Learn more.
The CDC National Health Report provides a snapshot of recent trends in key areas of the nation’s health and guides national policy and programmatic efforts related to health. Specifically related to youth, the report addresses trends in substance use, sexually transmitted infections, physical activity, obesity, and childbirth among teenagers. Learn more (PDF, 32 pages).
National Homeless Youth Awareness Month is an opportunity to understand the challenges that youth experiencing homelessness face, including danger, risk of substance use, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and vulnerability to being trafficked. In support of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, NCTSN is providing resources to help communities, families, educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, policy makers, and advocates better understand and work with homeless youth. Learn more.
GradsofLife.org connects employers with a historically overlooked talent pool of young people by offering tools that organizations can use to implement effective employment pathway models, like internships, mentoring, school-to-work programs. Access these tools, read stories from organizations that have successfully worked to diversify their talent pipeline, and learn how to connect with local partners in your area. Learn more.
Written by a committee of experts from diverse fields that touch the lives of youth, “Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults” focuses on the critical period of young adulthood, defined as ages 18-26, and the lasting impact that developments during these years can have on a person’s life. The report offers federal, state, and local policy makers and program leaders, as well as employers, nonprofit organizations, and other community partners, guidance in developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults’ health, safety, and well-being. Learn more.
HUD has released its latest estimate of homelessness in the United States, which reflects a continued general decline in individuals experiencing homelessness overall. The report shows that the number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 15 percent since 2010, with the number of unsheltered families falling 53 percent. The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children was relatively unchanged overall at 45,205, but there was a 3 percent decrease in those who were unsheltered. Read the press release and the report (PDF, 68 pages) and visit the website of the National Center on Family Homelessness for information on demographics, causes, and impacts of child and family homelessness. Learn more (PDF, 68 pages).
Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform: The Federal Role provides guidance as to how DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the federal government in general, can support state, local, and tribal efforts and reform the juvenile justice system in the United States. The report provides specific steps the federal government can take to implement reform and promote a developmental approach to juvenile justice. Learn more.
The Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide is a tool for established task forces, or agencies starting to form them, that provides guidance on the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. The Guide includes information on starting and operating a task force, supporting the various needs of victims, victim populations impacted by trafficking, and building strong legal cases. Learn more.
A simple Internet search can illustrate just how prevalent discussions of bullying are in the media. But, the information disseminated by the general media is not always based in research and could be potentially harmful to people who need the information. Recognizing this need, a team of experts convened to develop media guidelines for reporting on bullying. The guidelines include information about bullying, as well as best practices and things to avoid. Learn more.
Date: November 19, 2014, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST
On November 19, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice will hold the first in a series of webinars related to human trafficking. This event will focus on the nature and impact of sex trafficking, the history of the response to trafficking in the United States, the intersection of sex trafficking and juvenile justice, and current federal and state laws that aim to prevent the criminalization of trafficking victims. Learn more.
The final rule implementing changes to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 will allow for more effective measures to address and reduce sexual violence on college campuses. Finalized based on feedback received during a public comment period, the new rule includes requirements for disclosing information about violent incidents, protecting and informing victims, and describing types of disciplinary proceedings in cases of sexual violence. Learn more.
In celebration of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25), CDC updated the Parents Are the Key website. The site encourages families to take action to keep young drivers safe. One of the new features is a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement, a pledge that outlines expectations and limits for teen drivers. Learn more.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that five new sites have each been awarded $20,000 to begin the youth violence prevention work that has been so successful in other Forum cities. The new sites are Baltimore, Maryland; Cleveland, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle, Washington; and Long Beach, California. Learn more (PDF, 2 pages) and read about the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.
Management teams and staff members of behavioral health treatment programs can use “TAP 34: Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs” to guide the creation and implementation of their programs’ disaster preparedness and recovery plans. Learn more.
The BJA Executive Session on Police Leadership is a multiyear project that aims to create innovative leaders in policing. Designed as a resource for current and future police leaders, the website presents information about the present and future state of policing and police leadership; highlights the experiences, stories, and career paths of police chiefs; and features interactive media that can be used in group discussions. Learn more.
NCJRS launched two new special features related to keeping young people safe online and at school. The special feature on Internet safety provides information about the risks associated with Internet use and the prevalence of online victimization among youth, as well as resources on online safety, privacy, and cyberbullying. The special feature on school safety includes information about the impact of school violence and identifies resources on bullying, violence, and related training. The feature also highlights and the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. This initiative was created to better understand school safety issues and test promising interventions. This page also features resources related to bullying, violence, and related training. Learn more about Internet and school safety.
As featured in the fall 2014 edition of “SAMHSA News,” the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention held a summit in August titled, “Keeping Kids Safe: Opportunities and Challenges in Bullying Prevention.” The summit highlighted successful strategies to prevent bullying and promote a positive school climate. Learn more.
CNPP released a new set of lesson plans for high school educators to teach students how to use SuperTracker, a free interactive tool that can help students think critically about food, exercise, disease prevention, and a healthy weight. The lessons focus on many topics related to making healthy food choices. They also include learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts. Learn more.
Department/Agency: Department of Education
This blog post, by Nebraska’s 2007 Teacher of the Year, highlights the Teach to Lead initiative and its online community, Commit to Lead. Commit to Lead allows classroom teachers, administrators, system leaders, and advocacy groups to collaborate and share ideas. Teach to Lead was developed by ED and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Learn more.
In this article from “DoD News,” Air Force Lt. Col. Amy Costello shares information about the prevalence of human papilloma virus (HPV) among young adults and the importance of the HPV vaccine in preventing the spread of the virus. Lt. Col. Costello is Chief of the Immunization Healthcare Operations Section in the Defense Health Agency, Immunization Healthcare Branch. Learn more.
President Obama recognized October 12-18 as National School Lunch Week. During National School Lunch Week, USDA celebrated the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Truman in 1946; the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which raised nutritional standards for schools and expanded access to healthy meals; and many other important strides that have helped schools nourish students. Learn more.
Application Period: November 15 - December 15, 2014
Researchers and qualified research organizations are invited to apply for remote access to confidential data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network and National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The data are available through SAMHSA's Data Portal, a secure virtual computing environment designed to provide authorized researchers with access to confidential data for approved research projects. Learn more.
Application Deadline: December 17, 2014
HUD announces the availability of approximately $24 million in funding for the Jobs Plus Pilot program (PDF, 33 pages) for public housing agencies to develop locally based approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for public housing residents. The program will fund initiatives that promote such supports as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, and financial literacy. Learn more (PDF, 33 pages).
Application Deadline: January 21, 2015, 5 p.m. EST
AmeriCorps grants will be awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based interventions and approaches to meet community needs. This competition will target six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Learn more.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2015
States and counties that experienced major disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to apply for the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Funded by HUD, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, this funding competition (PDF, 7 pages) promotes risk assessment and planning and will provide funds for the implementation of innovative resilience projects to help communities better prepare for future storms or other extreme adverse events. Learn more (PDF, 7 pages).
OCR released new guidance for states, school districts, and schools to ensure that all students — regardless of race, color, or national origin — have equal access to education resources, like effective teaching, extracurricular and academic programs, technology, and safe school facilities. The guidance shares how OCR investigates resource disparities and what states, districts, and schools can do to meet their civil rights obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Learn more (PDF, 37 pages).
This report (PDF, 32 pages) makes recommendations to the President, Congress, and OJJDP on four areas of major concern to the juvenile justice community: evidence-based youth justice practices, youth engagement, youth justice and schools, and youth justice and disproportionate minority contact. These recommendations were formed through research and reviews by FACJJ’s expert subcommittees and through feedback from state advisory groups, state juvenile justice specialists, and state disproportionate minority contact coordinators. Learn more (PDF, 32 pages).
WHIAIANE and OCR are launching the first-ever school environment listening tour to gather information from schools and communities on ways to better meet the unique needs of Native American students. Beginning October 10, 2014, the tour will stop in Wisconsin, Michigan, Oklahoma, New York, California, Alaska, and Washington state. It will gather feedback on issues related to the school environment, such as bullying, discipline, and offensive imagery and symbolism. The information gathered will be used to shape future steps to ensure that Native American students receive a high-quality education. Learn more.
The USDA’s new Farm to School Planning Toolkit guides users through multiple farm to school topics, including building a team, buying local food, school gardening, and food safety. The guide also features tips, examples, and links to resources and related research. The guide is designed for use by schools, school districts, and community partners. Learn more.
The Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program helps colleges and universities promote emotional well-being, improve mental health programming, reduce substance abuse, and prevent suicide. This program results from a partnership between the Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Learn more.
Date: October 6-7, 2014
The National Leadership Summit on School Discipline and Climate provided an opportunity for state and local teams of educators, judicial and court staff, child welfare stakeholders, law enforcement personnel, community members, and youth to share best practices, deepen partnerships, and develop concrete steps to advance school discipline and juvenile justice reform in their communities. Materials from this Summit — including presentations, resources, worksheets, and state and local data — are available online. Learn more.
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a new initiative to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities through a comprehensive approach that addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety, and data collection. This 18-month campaign will produce multiple resources to help communities build streets that are safer for walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation. Learn more.
More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED) for crash-related injuries in 2012 — and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized. On average, each crash-related ED visit costs approximately $3,300, and each hospitalization costs approximately $57,000 over a person's lifetime. The October 2014 issue of “Vital Signs” and the accompanying factsheet illustrate the prevalence of nonfatal crashes and the economic burden of such crashes to individuals, employers, and society. Learn more.
Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking and health 50 years ago, an estimated 20 million people have died in the United States due to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. The CDC launched an online memorial for friends and family members of those who have lost their lives due to a smoking-related illness to post photos and messages in their honor. Learn more.
“Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators” (PDF, 1 page) provides insight into how students may react after a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or a death in the school community, and how educators can help. Learn more (PDF, 1 page).
1 Photo, 6 Words #VetoViolence is a social media campaign honoring the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Participants are invited to show their commitment to preventing intimate partner violence by submitting six words and a photo or unique image that promotes healthy relationships, illustrates an America without violence, or celebrates the VAWA. Learn more.
In April 2014, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the IOM and the NRC held a workshop titled “Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying and Its Impact on Youth Across the Lifecourse.” The resulting report (PDF, 8 pages) summarizes this workshop, which brought together representatives of key sectors involved in bullying prevention to (a) identify the conceptual models and interventions that have proven effective in decreasing bullying, (b) examine models that could increase protective factors and mitigate the negative effects of bullying, and (c) explore the appropriate roles of different groups in preventing bullying. Other resources from the meeting, such as videos and presentations, are also available. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).
Nomination Deadline: December 12, 2014
Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides support to service members and their families, is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year Awards. Operation Homefront will present an award to a military child from each branch: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Winners will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., and will receive $5,000 and a laptop computer. Learn more.
This paper introduces SAMHSA’s concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma informed by integrating the perspectives of researchers, practitioners, and people with experience of trauma. Learn more.
NCFY’s Blogging Challenge to End Youth Homelessness encourages bloggers to publish posts that address youth homelessness. Winning posts will be featured on the NCFY website. This effort is a part of the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s campaign to recognize 40 years of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Learn more.
Application Date: October 31, 2014
Six sites will have the opportunity to receive instruction on the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice, developed to educate juvenile justice staff about adolescent development, mental health disorders and treatment, the critical role of families, and practical strategies for engaging and interacting with youth. OJJDP and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation jointly support this initiative. Learn more.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced the expansion of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to five additional cities: Long Beach, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle, Washington; and Baltimore, Maryland. Each city will receive an initial set of planning grants to begin the work that has been so successful in the original Forum cities. Each city will be eligible for additional support once they develop comprehensive plans for coordinating resources, engaging in community outreach, and involving new stakeholders. Learn more.
Date: November 12, 2014, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
A listening session will be held to gather feedback on developing the criteria for the Demonstration Programs to Improve Community Mental Health Services (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014), which seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. Registrants can attend via live webcast or in person at SAMHSA’s office in Rockville, Maryland. Registration for this event is forthcoming. Learn more.
The Peace Corps and CNCS have pledged to help public servants and national service participants, including Peace Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members, to reduce their student loan debt by sharing options for managing student loan debt with applicants, volunteers, and employees. The Peace Corps has launched a new web portal and public education campaign to help current, future, and returned volunteers understand the benefits that may be available to them to help manage their student loans if they choose public service. Learn more.
The Violence Reduction Network (VRN) is a new national comprehensive approach to reduce violent crime in communities across the country. Announced by Attorney General Eric Holder at the VRN Kickoff Summit, the Network will help localities access a broad spectrum of resources from the Department of Justice, empowering the federal government to strengthen partnerships and collaboratively tackle persistent challenges caused by violent crime. The partnering cities are Camden, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Oakland/Richmond, California; and Wilmington, Delaware. Learn more.
According to estimates from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, up to 550,000 young people are homeless for more than a week each year. A new website developed by FYSB illustrates how the programs operate through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act help to meet the needs of homeless youth and young adults and contribute to the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Share your support for ending youth homelessness by posting a photo of yourself that features the hashtag #EndYouthHomelessness. Learn more.
SAMHSA’s new strategic plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018, outlines how SAMHSA will continue to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, expand prevention efforts, promote emotional health and wellness, increase access to effective treatment, and support recovery. The plan outlines six strategic initiatives for meeting SAMHSA’s mission, new and existing goals, and vision. The plan was developed with input from SAMHSA’s Executive Leadership Team and staff, a diverse group of stakeholders, and the public. Learn more.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony November 10-11 in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
This report analyzes 2006-2010 data from the National Survey of Family Growth to estimate the proportion of sexually experienced young people, ages 15-19, who received reproductive services during the past year. Results show that the majority of teens received a reproductive health service from a health care provider in the past 12 months and those with insurance coverage who received formal sex education and who spoke with a parent or guardian about any reproductive or sexual health topic, had the highest prevalence of receiving services. Learn more.
The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge encourages communities to implement cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people. Cities, tribal nations, towns, and counties will be charged with building and executing robust plans to ensure that all young people can achieve their full potential. Learn more.
The increased frequency of diagnosis in the past 10 years of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children prompted a review of diagnostic and treatment guidelines for ADHD that resulted in new recommended best practices for evaluating and treating adolescents with ADHD. These guidelines point to a need for adolescents with ADHD to take an active role in their own diagnosis and treatment. Learn more.
Research shows that it is important to educate and empower young people to prepare for disasters. New public service announcements from FEMA, the Ad Council, and Disney feature leading characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film “Big Hero 6,” who reinforce the importance of communication and planning in advance for disasters. Learn more.
As part of the President and Vice President’s Now is the Time plan to reduce gun violence and increase access to mental health services, HHS and SAMHSA announced the award of $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people. Learn more.
Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economical, and/or psychological. In light of recent events in the news, the Department of Justice is sharing information about domestic abuse and urging those affected by domestic violence to get help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Learn more.
Approximately nine in 10 children, ages 6-18 eat too much sodium daily. One in six children has raised blood pressure, an issue that can be improved by eating a healthy diet low in sodium. Tips for parents on improving the health of children include modeling healthy eating and buying the lowest sodium food options at the grocery store. Learn more.
FTC has charged companies known as “diploma mills” for selling fake high school diplomas that they promise can be used to apply for college and employment. Users may be dealing with a diploma mill if the company states that they charge a flat fee; can provide a diploma in months, weeks, or days; require little or no coursework; or can offer a degree solely for “work or life experience.” Learn more.
From June 28 to July 3, 2014, approximately 1,400 American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the United States convened in Portland, Oregon, for the 2014 National United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) Conference. At the conference, staff from OJJDP and UNITY educated youth about Today’s Native Leaders (PDF, 2 pages), a new initiative that will offer tribal youth leadership training in seven regions over the next three years. Learn more.
“Know It 2 Own It” is a campaign to encourage Americans to learn more about the disability rights movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the school year progresses, educators can teach students about disability rights and famous Americans with disabilities who have contributed to society. In a new video from ED, Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director for the National Council on Disability, describes how she became involved in the disability rights movement as a child, what she thinks are the most important messages for young people with disabilities, and why she is committed to mentoring others. Learn more.
Released by the Census Bureau, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013” illustrates key indicators of poverty and family income. The report shows that the overall poverty rate fell 14.5% in 2013, and the poverty rate for people under age 18 fell 1.9% from 2012 to 2013, which is equivalent to 1.4 million young people lifted out of poverty. Learn more.
Help the CDC improve the web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) by completing a 10-minute online survey. Data collected from the survey will be used to enhance the design and functionality of WISQARS. Learn more.
A recent report from the CDC finds that infants, children, and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services that have the potential to improve their health. The report also points to disparities in access and use of these services by demographics, geography, and health care coverage status. Learn more.
In a recent blog post, Laura Green Zeilinger, USICH Executive Director, illustrates the experience of family homelessness and the services and supports that can be effective in helping families, including coordinated assessment, transitional housing, and rapid re-housing. Learn more, and visit the National Center on Family Homelessness website.
Dates: January 26 - February 1, 2015
National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is an annual opportunity for communities to hold events that aim to educate young people and shatter myths about drugs. NIDA offers an online guide that can help communities plan and host NDFW events, and the NIDA for Teens website features online resources for students related to drugs and neuroscience. Learn more.
The DEA re-launched the Get Smart About Drugs website. The redesigned site is intended for families and educators. It features information about different kinds of drugs and associated paraphernalia, trends and statistics related to substances and their use, teens and drug use, the consequences of using drugs, and how the public can be involved in drug prevention and awareness. Learn more.
The Department of Education has created a website dedicated to providing information and resources to young people who have recently arrived in the United States and young adults who have received, or plan to apply for, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Learn more.
Graduate students and high-performing undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for an internship with USICH, the interagency body that coordinates the federal government’s efforts to reduce and end homelessness in the United States. Interns will be responsible for researching, writing, coordinating events, analyzing data, managing websites, and more. Multiple intern positions are available across the various teams, including policy, national initiatives, communications, and executive office. Learn more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet questions using hashtag #jovenesempresarios. No registration is needed to participate. Learn more. Aprender más.
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.
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).
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.
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.
“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).
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.
”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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
OAH will now use the hashtag #OAHPicks to highlight updates on new infographics related to the topic of adolescent health. Learn more.
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.
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.
FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.