Announcements

  • August 11, 2014
    President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; The White House; Corporation for National and Community Service

    Date: September 22-23, 2014
    Location: The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
    The Fourth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering will be an opportunity for students, staff, and administrators to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component. Learn more and register.

  • 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 24, 2014
    The Halls: Web Series
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Defending Childhood Initiative

    Created by the Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative and the Defending Childhood Initiative at the Boston Public Health Commission, Division of Violence Prevention, The Halls is a web series featuring the stories of three young men living in Boston who are struggling with issues related to relationships, trauma, violence, and identity. The goal of the series is to prevent gender-based violence, promote healthy relationships among adolescents, and encourage young people to challenges the messages they have received about how to act in relationships. A discussion guide (PDF, 34 pages) is available on The Halls website which can help facilitators foster discussions around the themes of the series. Learn more.

  • July 21, 2014
    Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. High School Students at Lowest Level in 22 Years
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    According to the results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), rates of cigarette smoking among high school students have dropped (PDF, 1 page) to the lowest levels since the YRBS began in 1991. By achieving a teen smoking rate of 15.7 percent, the United States has met its national Healthy People 2020 objective of reducing adolescent cigarette use to 16 percent or less. Learn more.

  • July 21, 2014
    Primary Sources: Learning How Service Providers and Policy Makers Can Help LGBTQ 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

    This article provides information about a research review that aimed to determine directions for research, public policy, and practice related to serving homeless youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning. The article also includes potential implications of the research for policies and practices of youth-serving organizations. Researchers at Harvard Medical School conducted the research review. Learn more.

  • July 21, 2014
    Alcohol and Drug Combinations Are More Likely to Have a Serious Outcome Than Alcohol Alone in Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Drinking
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    A new report from SAMHSA shows that underage drinkers, ages 12‑20, who were treated in hospital emergency departments were more than twice as likely to wind up with a serious health outcome if they also used drugs at the same time. The report shows that of the hospital emergency department visits involving underage drinkers (PDF, 1 page) which resulted in serious health outcomes, 12 percent involved underage drinking alone, and 33 percent involved both underage drinking and concurrent drug use. Learn more (PDF, 1 page).   

  • July 21, 2014
    How to Help a Friend With Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges
    Agencies/Departments: Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs

    This new blog post highlights three steps that young people can take to help a friend dealing with mental health or substance use issues. The post is featured on Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C), which is IWGYP’s site for youth and young adults engaged in change efforts. Learn more.

  • July 21, 2014
    Stand Up for LGBTQ Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP)

    This new blog post provides suggestions for steps that young people can take in schools, communities, and our nation to create safe spaces for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). The post also highlights the challenges that LGBTQ youth face. The post is featured on Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C), which is IWGYP’s site for youth and young adults engaged in change efforts. Learn more.

  • July 21, 2014
    New CDC Pregnancy Prevention Web Page for Teens
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health has launched a new Web page especially for teens. Designed with input from teens, the Web page aims to motivate teens to make healthy choices about sex by providing empowering messages on specific actions that teens can take to prevent teen pregnancy. This effort is part of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Communitywide Initiative, which is a partnership between CDC and the HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health. Learn more.

  • July 21, 2014
    NIH-Funded Study Finds Decrease in Bullying Among Middle School and High School Students
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    Published in the American Journal of Public Health, a new NIH-funded study found that bullying among students in grades six through 10 declined significantly between 1998 and 2010. A less dramatic decline in fighting among students was also observed. As part of this podcast, the study’s lead author explains the findings and their implications for policy and practice. Learn more.  

  • July 21, 2014
    Updates to College Affordability and Transparency Center
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Department of Education has updated the lists featured on the College Affordability and Transparency Center that spotlight institutions with the highest and lowest tuitions, fees, and prices and the highest percentage increases in these areas. This information is also available by sector. 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 15, 2014
    Webinar Archive: Integrating Effective Mentoring Strategies and Services Into Youth Services
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

    The recording of the recent webinar, “Integrating Effective Mentoring Strategies and Services into Youth Services” is now available. This webinar offered nationally-recognized strategies for developing and implementing a mentoring program. Learn more.  

  • July 15, 2014
    HHS Seeks Comment on Data Collection in Support of Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency Evaluation
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

    HHS’s ACF is seeking comments on a proposed data collection activity as part of Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) (PDF, 2 pages). ISIS is an evaluation of nine promising career pathways strategies to promote education, employment, and self-sufficiency. The goal of ISIS is to increase the empirical knowledge about the effectiveness of programs for low-income individuals and families to achieve educational credentials, attain employment, and advance to positions that enable self-sufficiency. Learn more (PDF, 2 pages).  

  • July 15, 2014
    Joint Letter on Informing Career Decisions
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services

    This Training and Employment Notice shares the interagency support for ensuring students and parents have relevant and timely information to make informed career decisions. The notice is meant to encourage continued coordination and collaboration across systems of public workforce, adult basic education, career and technical education, and human and social services to prepare students for education and career paths. Learn more

  • July 15, 2014
    IACP Launches Online Training Series on Juvenile Interviewing and Interrogation
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    The International Association of Chiefs of Police, in collaboration with OJJDP, has released a free, online training series about effective juvenile interviewing and interrogation techniques. The series target law enforcement and legally authorized juvenile justice professionals who interview or interrogate youth. Learn more

  • July 15, 2014
    A Higher Minimum Wage Will Help Me Pay for College
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor

    This blog post, written by Garret, a recent high school graduate, describes how an increase in the minimum wage could help him pay for tuition and school supplies as well as ease financial worry as he prepares to enter community college in the fall. Encourage others to use #RaiseTheWage to share what a raise to $10.10 would mean to them. Learn more.

  • July 15, 2014
    SBA Hosts Youth Entrepreneurs From Junior Achievement for Forum on Entrepreneurship
    Agencies/Departments: Small Business Administration (SBA)

    On June 18, 2014, SBA hosted Junior Achievement USA and the teen competitors of Junior Achievement’s National Business Plan Challenge. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. During the visit, SBA and Junior Achievement USA signed a strategic alliance memorandum, solidifying a mutual commitment to preparing young people for entrepreneurship and financial success. Learn more.

  • July 15, 2014
    College Value and Completion: “Righting the Balance on the Side of Students”
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    College students and recent graduates shared their stories, needs, and ideas about college costs and access during a recent townhall meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Under Secretary Ted Mitchell. Learn more.

  • July 15, 2014
    Safety for Teens on the Job
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

    In a recent blog post, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, discussed Teens Lead @ Work, an education program that provides peer-mentor-led training sessions for workers 16- to 25-years-old on their rights in the workplace. Read the blog and visit OSHA’s site for young workers, which provides young people with information and resources to help them stay safe on the job. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Social Media Tips for Educators: Developing Innovative Engagement in Your Community
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Department/Agency: Department of Education
    The Department of Education has released the first of four tip sheets designed to help state and local education agencies expand online engagement. The first tip sheet (PDF, 4 pages) focuses on innovative engagement, highlighting new and creative ways in which states are engaging with audiences. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Bullying, Sexual, and Dating Violence Trajectories From Early to Late Adolescence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice

    This report describes a longitudinal study (PDF, 74 pages) of 1,162 high school students that examined the impact of family abuse and conflict, self-reported delinquency, and peer delinquency on the development of bullying perpetration, sexual harassment perpetration, and teen dating violence perpetration. Learn more (PDF, 74 pages). 

  • July 8, 2014
    Archived Webcast: The White House Summit on Working Families
    Agencies/Departments: The White House Council on Women and Girls and the Department of Labor

    Held on June 23, 2014, the Summit on Working Families convened businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and citizens to discuss policy solutions for creating a 21st century workplace that could make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades. Learn more.  

  • July 8, 2014
    Archived Webinar: Engaging Adolescents Through the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    This archived webinar provides information about opportunities and promising strategies for states to leverage the Medicaid benefit for children and youth. It also shares information about a new comprehensive adolescent health screening that is intended to help primary care physicians improve the delivery of care to adolescent patients. Learn more

  • July 8, 2014
    Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

    This report describes the critical problem of youth violence and provides information and action steps (PDF, 54 pages) that public health and community leaders, young people, families, caregivers, and other adults that work with youth can take to prevent it. Learn more (PDF, 54 pages).

  • July 8, 2014
    Nutrition Facts Label: Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration

    Read the Label is a youth outreach campaign that encourages youth, ages 9 to 13, to use the Nutrition Facts Label on food and beverage packages. The campaign’s website contains tips and education materials to help young people make smart and healthful food choices. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Opportunity for All: Supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander Families
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    This document outlines how President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 takes steps to support and create opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander families (PDF, 8 pages) in education, employment, health care, and economic growth. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).

  • July 8, 2014
    Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Parents are the Key is a CDC campaign that provides information and tools to help parents support their teens’ safe driving. The website features many free resources, including a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement (PDF, 2 pages). Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Q&A: Sheana Bull on Enhancing Teen Pregnancy Prevention With Text Messaging
    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 presents an interview with Sheana Bull of the Colorado School of Public Health, who has been working with colleagues to study the effects of adding a text messaging component to an evidence-based adolescent pregnancy prevention program. Ms. Bull describes the program, its effectiveness in reducing teen pregnancy, and resources for other programs to incorporate texting into their efforts. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Do Fathers Play a Role in Youth Sexual Health?
    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 describes a recent study published in Pediatrics that investigated the influence that fathers have on their adolescents’ sexual behavior. The results indicate that communication between fathers and adolescents is associated with safer sexual behavior, including condom use and abstinence. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Opening Doors for Students With Disabilities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    This blog post describes the work of The American Association of People With Disabilities internship program. The program aims to address the underrepresentation of students with disabilities in summer internship programs by engaging 10-30 student interns with disabilities each summer in hands-on work experience and mentoring. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Presidential Memorandum — Federal Student Loan Repayments
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

    President Obama signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of Education to propose regulations that will allow nearly five million federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments at 10% of their income. The memo also outlines new executive actions to support federal student loan borrowers, especially vulnerable borrowers who may be at risk of defaulting on their loans. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    DOJ and ED Release Letter About Serving Youth in Confinement
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Justice and Education

    Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a letter to Chief State School Officers and State Attorneys General highlighting the importance of supporting youth in juvenile justice facilities (PDF, 3 pages). The letter also describes how federal funding can support improved services and indicates future work will involve clarifying the components of high-quality correctional education. Learn more (PDF, 3 pages).  

  • July 8, 2014
    Voices From the Field: Student Perception
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; National Center on Safe and 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 focuses on student perceptions of learning environments, how to assess student perceptions, and how to share this information with students. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Results-Driven Accountability is a new framework under which the Department of Education will ask states whether students with disabilities are accessing services and being evaluated. This framework also requires states to report the educational results and outcomes of students with disabilities so the Department can make each state’s annual determination under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Download resources. Learn more.

  • July 8, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Application Deadline: September 8, 2014
    Funding will support innovative research projects that identify mechanisms of influence and promote positive, sustainable health behaviors among children and youth, from birth to 18 years of age. Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activities, and participating in healthy relationships. Learn more.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2014
    10 Ways to Enjoy “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    This blog post offers creative ways for children, youth, and adults with disabilities to experience fun summer activities, including visits to national parks, adaptive outdoor sports, and summer camps. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    Watch Now: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 Launch Event
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The recording of the launch event for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 is now available. The event featured Honorary Chairperson Chiara de Blasio and her parents (New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray), senior federal officials, and four incredible young adults who shared their stories of resilience and hope. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    #LunchWithFLOTUS: Twitter Q&A on Healthy School Lunches
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    First lady Michelle Obama held a Q&A session on Twitter to answer questions about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating for kids and supporting strong nutrition standards for school lunches. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Stop.Think.Connect.: Keeping Kids Safe Online
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security

    This blog entry offers tips for parents to promote online safety during the summer months, when kids are spending more time at home and on electronic devices. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2013
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

    This annual report provides current statistics on crime in schools. The report covers 22 indicators of school crime from several sources. Topics include victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyberbullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    "Play It Safe" Contest Winners Announced
    Agencies/Departments: Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC)

    IOM and NRC recently held a “Play It Safe” video Public Service Announcement contest. The contest was designed to encourage young people to create videos that help raise awareness about sports-related concussions among youth. The winners were three young people from New Jersey, who created the video "It's Never the Answer,” which urges athletes not to "tough it out." Watch the winning video, and view the new video from IOM and NRC that emphasizes the importance of building a safer culture around concussions in youth sports. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Department of Education Announces Action to Help Colleges Keep Campuses Safe
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Obama administration has announced new steps to address growing concerns about sexual violence on college campuses by requiring institutions of higher education to comply with new campus safety- and security-related requirements aimed at curbing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Five Groups of Teens Who Need Pregnancy Prevention More Than Some Might Think
    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 highlights five groups of teens that sexual health educators should include in pregnancy prevention efforts. The list includes young men, teen moms, rural youth, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) youth, and teens living in areas where pregnancy rates have declined. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Secretary Johnson Announces Process for DACA Renewal
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the process for individuals to renew their enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. To avoid a lapse in the period of deferral and employment authorization, individuals must file renewal requests before the expiration of their current period of DACA. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    When a Local Partner Closes, a Response Plan Keeps Youth Services Constant
    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 provides insights about how social services organizations can ensure that services to young people continue to be delivered seamlessly after a longtime source of support is no longer available. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    Six Students Tell Stories About Their Educational Successes
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post provides an overview of a recent panel on social and emotional learning in which six students talked about the educators who made the biggest differences in their lives. Youth Voices on FindYouthInfo.gov also provides first-hand accounts from youth on how youth-serving professionals and programs can be best support young people. Learn more.  

  • July 1, 2014
    “My Brother’s Keeper” Mentoring Campaign
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services; Corporation for National & Community Service

    This blog post from Attorney General Eric Holder highlights the importance of mentoring in the lives of youth. As part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services and the Corporation for National & Community Service are working together to encourage Americans to become mentors to young people in their communities. Take the pledge to become a mentor. Learn more.   

  • July 1, 2014
    Community Mapping Connects Youth to Their Neighborhoods
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This podcast describes the work of a nonprofit organization that uses a tool called community mapping to help young people understand the assets and deficits that exist in their communities. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Bringing Communities Together for Mental Health — Leaders Guide
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This guide provides information to faith and community leaders (PDF, 4 pages) about mental health and the significant role they can play in helping individuals and families who are facing mental health challenges. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages).

  • July 1, 2014
    Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime

    A new online guide offers victim service providers, first responders, and health care providers tools to promote the understanding of, support for, and responses to transgender victims of sexual assault. Learn more.

  • July 1, 2014
    Behavioral Health Problems, Treatment, and Outcomes in Serious Youthful Offenders
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    This bulletin summarizes findings from analyses of data from the Pathways to Desistance study, which followed more than 1,300 serious youthful offenders for seven years after their court involvement. These analyses addressed the overlap of behavioral health problems and offending behavior (PDF, 16 pages), the care young people with disorders received while in juvenile justice settings, and the care received in the community upon their release. Implications for juvenile justice practice and policy and potential opportunities for system improvement are discussed. Learn more (PDF, 16 pages).

  • June 27, 2014
    The First-Ever White House Maker Faire: Celebrating a Nation of Makers
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    On June 18, the White House hosted the first-ever Maker Faire, celebrating America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future by using new tools and techniques to make just about anything in local communities and classrooms. Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages came to the White House to show how they use cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. Communities across the country participated in this Day of Making by posting photos of projects, hosting open houses at local makerspaces, or volunteering to teach someone a new skill. Learn more, and use #NationOfMakers to share your own work and connect with Makers across the country.

  • June 27, 2014
    2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) Released
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC’s YRBSS provides national-, state-, territorial-, tribal-, and local-level data on a range of health risk behaviors among high school students. Highlights of the 2013 YRBSS report include a decline in cigarette smoking, physical fights, and fighting on school property. Illustrating the persistent dangers of distracted driving, the report reflects that 41 percent of students who had driven during the past 30 days reported texting or emailing while driving. Results regarding youth sexual behaviors were mixed. For example, the percentage of youth who are sexually active declined, as did the percentage of condom use among students. The 2013 YRBSS also includes data on obesity-related behaviors in recent years, such as excessive screen time and drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda. Access the report, browse the highlights and related infographics, and listen to the archived CDC telebriefing on the YRBSS results. 

  • June 27, 2014
    The Condition of Education 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics

    The Condition of Education 2014 presents an overview of the current state of education in the United States. The report includes 42 indicators, grouped under four areas: population characteristics, participation in education, elementary and secondary education, and postsecondary education. The report includes four Spotlights that look in-depth at issues of current policy interest. Spotlight topics include trends in employment rates by educational attainment, kindergarten entry status, the status of rural education, and financing of postsecondary education. Learn more.  

  • June 27, 2014
    In Case You Missed It: President Obama Answers Your Education Questions
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    On June 10, 2014, President Obama joined David Karp, founder of Tumblr, for a live Q&A session, answering questions submitted by Tumblr users about education, college affordability, and more. A recording of the event is available, as well as a collection of highlights from the conversation. Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    We R Native Summer Photo Contest 2014

    Submission Deadline: August 25, 2014
    American Indian and Alaska Native youth, 13-21 years old, are encouraged to participate in the We R Native Summer Photo Contest by submitting their favorite summertime photo of themselves or their friends wearing We R Native gear. Prizes include a We R Native beaded medallion (1st place), $75 (2nd place), and $50 (3rd place). Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by State: Fall 2012
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This report provides insight into the number of students enrolled in distance education courses and the impact of distance education courses on enrollment at the state level. Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    ED, HHS, and Labor Issue a Joint Letter Regarding Building Partnerships With American Job Center Network
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor

    The Departments of Education, HHS, and Labor have released a joint letter (PDF, 12 pages), providing education, social services, workforce development, and private leaders with information about ways in which schools and human service agencies can work with the American Job Center network to ensure that students and families have relevant and timely information for making informed career decisions. Learn more (PDF 12 pages).  

  • June 27, 2014
    OJJDP Releases Spring 2014 Issue of Journal of Juvenile Justice
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    The spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Juvenile Justice is now available online. This issue features articles about the extent to which system-involved youth have been exposed to trauma, pathways to delinquency by gender, and the state of mentoring programs. Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    NIDA Review Summarizes Research on Marijuana’s Negative Health Effects
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    This press release highlights a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, authored by NIDA scientists, that describes the negative health consequences of marijuana use, the science establishing that marijuana can be addictive, marijuana’s role as a gateway drug, the therapeutic potential of the individual chemicals found in the marijuana plant, and the effects of marijuana legalization policies on public health. Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children and Families
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

    This brief summarizes the state of the field on cultural competence in social services and provides service providers and administrators with concrete strategies for ongoing self-reflection and development. The brief also includes links and references for additional relevant resources, tools, and information. Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    Two Videos Added to the Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau

    Two new videos have been added to the Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series, a collection of videos that tackle evaluation-related topics and feature content from national experts. Creating a New Narrative: Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities introduces a vision for the future of evaluating tribal child welfare and a guide for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluations. Use of Research Evidence: Building Two-Way Streets challenges researchers and evaluators to think differently about the ways that research is acquired and used and suggests steps that they can take to close the gap between research and practice. Learn more.  

  • June 27, 2014
    A Day in the Life of Young Adults: Substance Use Facts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report presents facts about substance use among young adults (PDF, 7 pages), ages 18-25, including initiation, treatment, and visits to the emergency department for substance use on an average day. According to the report, on a typical day, 3.2 million young adults use marijuana, 57,304 use heroin, 51,319 use cocaine, 46,179 use hallucinogens, and 17,868 use inhalants. Learn more (PDF, 7 pages).  

  • June 27, 2014
    Supporting the Economy by Helping Student Loan Borrowers Manage Debt
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of the Treasury and Education

    This blog post discusses the efforts of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Education to make college more affordable. During the 2014 tax season, the Departments partnered with Intuit Inc. to conduct a pilot program that helped connect users of Intuit’s TurboTax service to the Department of Education’s Repayment Estimator. President Obama recently announced an expansion of this partnership and a new partnership with H&R Block to reach even more individuals who could benefit from income-driven repayment options. Learn more.

  • June 27, 2014
    Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Announce New Efforts to Address the Needs of Confined Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education and Justice

    This blog post highlights federal, state, and local efforts, as well as private initiatives, to facilitate the smooth reentry of formerly incarcerated youth and to support the needs of youth in confinement. Learn more.  

  • June 27, 2014
    National Gang Center Releases Video on Youth Gang Joining
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP, BJA, and the National Gang Center have released “Why Youth Join Gangs,” an online video that features (a) gang researchers and practitioners providing their perspectives on gang joining and (b) youth sharing their gang experiences. The video highlights risk factors that may play a role in a youth’s decision to join a gang and behaviors that might be observed when interacting with youth at high risk of joining a gang. Learn more.  

  • June 12, 2014
    HBCU Week Conference: Registration Now Open
    Agencies/Departments: The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges

    Dates: September 22-23, 2014
    To be held in Washington, DC, the 2014 HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Week Conference will provide an opportunity for presidents, senior administrators, and other stakeholders of HBCU to meet with senior officials and representatives from the private sector and foundations to discuss the evolving challenges in higher education. 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.