Announcements

  • April 11, 2014
    “Ask the Expert” Facebook Forum on Youth Violence Prevention
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    In observance of National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2014, the CDC and Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) sponsored an “Ask the Expert” Facebook forum on youth violence prevention. Review the questions and ideas for stopping youth violence shared on the VetoViolence Facebook page during the event. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Face Forward 2 — Intermediary and Community Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

    Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
    Face Forward 2 — Intermediary and Community Grants will provide funds to develop programs that address the employment barriers of court-involved youth while helping them build employment skills and gain industry-recognized credentials that will prepare them for future jobs. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: High-Risk Youth Mentoring Research
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 12, 2014
    The High-Risk Youth Mentoring Research (PDF, 29 pages) program will support research and evaluations to further examine how certain characteristics, components, and practices of mentoring programs can best support youth who are at particularly high risk for delinquency. Learn more (PDF, 29 pages).

  • April 11, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Multi-State Mentoring Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 27, 2014
    The Multi-State Mentoring Initiative solicitation supports qualified, established mentoring organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities, which include direct one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring for at-risk and underserved youth, within local chapters or subawardees. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth. Expansion of mentoring activities should create new opportunities for mentee achievement. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: National Mentoring Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 27, 2014
    The National Mentoring Initiative solicitation supports national mentoring organizations in their efforts to strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities within local chapters or subawardees. Successful applicants should implement programs that will recognize and address the factors that can lead to delinquency or other problem behaviors in underserved youth. Expansion of mentoring activities should create new opportunities for mentee achievement. Applicants are limited to national organizations, defined as having active chapters or subawardees in at least 45 states. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Practitioner-Researcher Partnership Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Demonstration Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 27, 2014
    This program will support a practitioner-researcher partnership to develop and evaluate new mentoring practices that serve the needs of youth whose parents are incarcerated. Program development/implementation and evaluation will be funded as two separate awards.  The mentoring model that applicants develop and test should enhance their existing mentoring services, incorporate changes to each of the eight elements of mentoring practice mentioned in the program summary, and be implemented across multiple sites. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Webinar: Incorporating Social Media Into Your Strategic Plan
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center

    Date: April 24, 2014; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
    The Incorporating Social Media into Your Strategic Plan webinar will help participants learn how to effectively use social media to enhance their underage drinking prevention efforts. Learn more.  

  • April 11, 2014
    NCTSN’s New Community Violence Webpage
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    The newly developed NCTSN Community Violence webpage features information and resources related to community violence, including tips and resources for young people dealing with the trauma associated with witnessing violence. It also features the NCTSN Community and School Violence Reading List of recommended books and articles on community and school violence. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    New Resources on Positive Parenting Practices
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)

    CDC’s DASH has developed two new fact sheets for parents, featured on its Positive Parenting Practices web page. “Ways to Influence Your Teen's Sexual Risk Behavior: What Fathers Can Do” offers resources and tips for dads on helping their children avoid risky sexual behaviors. “Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know” provides information for parents on how they can support and promote healthy outcomes for their LGTBQ teens. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    ASCD and HHS/CDC Announce Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and CDC, in collaboration with key leaders from the education, public health, and school health fields, have developed and released the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, which is recommended as a strategy for improving students’ health and learning in schools. The WSCC model, which builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework, will be integrated into CDC’s school health initiatives. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Special Feature: Youth Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

    The NCJRS has developed a Special Feature on youth violence, which contains publications and resources on topics related to youth violence and youth violence prevention, including gun violence, school violence, and gangs. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    Stopping the Summer Slide
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post shares tips for parents on avoiding the summer slide, or the loss of learning that often takes place for students during the summer vacation. Users can share their ideas for summer activities by using the hashtag #SummerSuccess on Twitter. Learn more.

  • April 11, 2014
    New Public-Private Partnership to Prepare Young People for College and Careers
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    As part of a new partnership called Pathways to Progress, CNCS and the Citi Foundation have created ServiceWorks, a new program that will deploy 225 Americorps VISTA members in 10 cities to help build large-scale volunteer programs that address the crisis of low college and career attainment. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

    Application Deadline: April 23, 2014
    The Department of Labor has announced the availability of grant funding to improve the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian adults and youth. Approximately 170 grants will be awarded, with approximately $12 million designated for Native American youth living on or near Indian reservations. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    Webinar: Guiding Principle #3, Equity and Continuous Improvement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education and Department of Justice

    Date: April 29, 2014; 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
    This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the Guiding Principle #3, Equity and Continuous Improvement of the Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline (PDF, 37 pages), which was jointly issued by the Departments of Education and Justice as part of the School Discipline Guidance Package. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    2011–12 Civil Rights Data Collection
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

    The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) collects data on key education and civil rights issues in public schools in the United States and drives the focus of related equity and program evaluation efforts. The 2011–12 CRDC marks the first time that data were collected from every public school in the nation. Striking findings from the 2011–12 collection include disparities in high school retention, access to college counselors, and access to courses necessary for college. Learn more.  

  • April 2, 2014
    Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth: Case Studies of Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Grantees
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

    This report highlights the findings from case studies of four agencies receiving grants from the ACF Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. It includes information on the collection and use of sexual orientation and gender identity data, needs and capacities among LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth, approaches to serving this population, and gaps in research and services for practitioners and policymakers to consider. Learn more (PDF, 52 pages).

  • April 2, 2014
    Call for Voice Awards Nominations
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Nomination Deadline: April 18, 2014
    Nominate a consumer/peer leader or a television or film professional who has used his or her work and/or personal story to educate others about behavioral health and the resilience of people with mental health and substance use disorders. Special consideration will be given to young adult consumer/peer leaders and individuals who educate the public about the needs and experiences of young adults experiencing behavioral health challenges and their journeys of recovery. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    10 Ways to Make a Smooth Transition to Adulthood
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    This article provides youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them with resources that can help promote a smooth transition to adulthood. Information related to topics such as employment, higher education, health care, mentorship, and Personal Assistance Services is included. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    Protecting Americans From Predatory and Poor-Performing Career Training Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    To address the disproportionate student debt incurred by students attending for-profit colleges and career training programs, the Obama administration has proposed new regulations that will stop the flow of federal funding to the lowest-performing programs and require disclosures regarding the performance and outcomes of programs. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    Student Leaders Speak About Preparing for 21st Century Careers
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    In observance of Career and Technical Education Month in February, student representatives from Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) from across the country met with Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier to share how CTSOs have prepared them to take advantage of success in college and their future careers. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    Project iGuardian
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

    ICE, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, has launched Project iGuardian, a new cyber safety campaign aimed at combatting online child sexual exploitation. Project iGuardian partners will visit schools and youth groups across the nation, educating students and parents about avoiding risk and staying safe online. Learn more.

  • April 2, 2014
    Updated Nutrition Information on GirlsHealth.gov
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

    The “Nutrition” section now features recently updated information on healthy food choices, including snack ideas, tips for eating at restaurants, and information on food allergies. Learn more. 

  • March 28, 2014
    Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

    A new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council provides recommendations for responding to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors, with an emphasis on implementing collaborative approaches, as well as confronting demand and the individuals who commit these crimes. The report has an accompanying infographic that describes the prevalence of these activities in the United States and offers suggestions for how multiple stakeholders can contribute to the efforts to prevent, identify, and respond to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Research to Practice Collaborative Releases Briefing Papers on Disparities in School Discipline
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    The Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative has released a Discipline Disparities Briefing Paper Series, which consists of three briefing papers on policy, practice, and research related to disparities in school discipline. Learn more. 

  • March 28, 2014
    Springtime: A Good Time to Think About Our Kids and Steroids
    Agencies/Departments: The White House, Office of National Drug Control Policy

    This blog post was written by Don Hooten, president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, an advocacy group that raises awareness about the dangers of young people’s use of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs (APED). It describes the prevalence and perception of APED use among youth and shares the story of Hooten’s son Taylor, who died after using anabolic steroids. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Condition of America’s Public School Facilities: 2012–13
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

    This report provides national data on the condition of the nation’s public school facilities, information on building construction and renovation history, and the estimated cost of the repairs needed to put buildings in good condition. Learn more (PDF, 61 pages).

  • March 28, 2014
    Using Social Media in Child Welfare
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Youth & Families, Child Welfare Information Gateway

    The “Using Social Media in Child Welfare” page offers tips and resources for social workers, youth, and foster parents on the safe and effective use of social media. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Prevent Trafficking by Reaching Out to Transportation and Hospitality Providers
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    This article describes how anti-human-trafficking groups are partnering with organizations in the hospitality and transportation industry to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of youth and what youth programs can do to raise awareness in their communities. Learn more. 

  • March 28, 2014
    What Promotes Resilience Among Alaska Native Youth?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    This article describes the findings of a recent study that looked at the everyday struggles of Alaska Native teens and how they have dealt with these challenges. The authors of the study found that the means through which Alaska Native youth found strength during difficult times, such as helping their families and giving back to their communities, reflect unique cultural values and provide insight into how providers can promote health among this population. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Five Ways to Improve Youth Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    This slideshow presents tips for youth-serving organizations on how they can improve the health of the at-risk youth they work with. Ideas include partnering with local farms to receive fresh vegetables and offering classes for physical and mental health. Learn more. 

  • March 28, 2014
    Q&A: Amy Lin of Young Invincibles on Helping Young People Find Health Insurance
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    This interview features Amy Lin of the health advocacy group Young Invincibles discussing her organization’s work to encourage young people to sign up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Amy also discusses the challenges that young people, including those who are homeless or teen parents, face in accessing healthcare and how youth-serving professionals can help them overcome these obstacles. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse: Information for Mental Health Professionals
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    This tip sheet provides mental health practitioners with information that can help them serve LGBTQ youth who have been sexually abused. It includes information on the continuums of sex, gender, and sexual orientation; an overview of issues concerning LGBTQ youth and their parents related to sexual orientation and sexual abuse; common myths; and recommendations for practitioners counseling LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth who have experienced abuse. Learn more (PDF, 7 pages).

  • March 28, 2014
    Substance Abuse Specialists in Child Welfare Agencies and Dependency Courts Considerations for Program Designers and Evaluators
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This report explores the practice of placing substance abuse specialists in child welfare offices or dependency courts and provides findings from qualitative interviews of programs that have used co-located substance abuse specialists. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Recent Declines in Adolescent Inhalant Use
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    A new report, based on findings from SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, reveals a downward trend in inhalant use among adolescents. The data show that the number of adolescents, ages 12–17, who used inhalants decreased from 820,000 in 2011 to approximately 650,000 in 2012. Learn more (PDF, 5 pages).

  • March 28, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Basic Center Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau

    Application Deadline: May 12, 2014
    The Basic Center Program (BCP) provides an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who may otherwise become involved with law enforcement or the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs—such as shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and health care referrals—of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Street Outreach Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

    Application Deadline: May 12, 2014
    The Street Outreach Program funds grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk for being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    President Obama Announces New FAFSA Completion Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    President Obama has announced a new initiative to help states, districts, and schools support students in their completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As part of this initiative, the Department of Education has updated the FAFSA completion tool with new data and created a new partnership with states that will allow them to share FAFSA completion data beginning in the 2014–15 school year. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Disability.gov’s Guide to Student Financial Aid
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    This guide provides general information about federal student aid as well as higher education funding options for students with disabilities, such as loans, grants, scholarships, and work study. The guide also explains how to find and apply for these opportunities. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Spotlight on NYTD: New Videos Released
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau

    The Administration for Children & Families has released three new videos featuring young people discussing the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), the first national data collection effort on youth aging out of foster care. These data track their outcomes during their transition and capture their feedback about their time in the foster care system. The videos describe the NYTD initiative, encourage state welfare agencies to administer the survey, and explain why youth should complete it. This accompanying blog post further describes the NYTD survey and features the story of Emily Brunelle, a former foster youth who participated in the NYTD survey and is featured in the video series. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    America’s PrepareAthon!
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Date: April 30, 2014
    America’s PrepareAthon! is a national campaign to encourage individuals, organizations, and schools to prepare for hazards that could affect their communities. April 30, 2014, marks the first America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action, which will focus on protective actions, mitigation measures, and community plans for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. The 2014 fall day of action will take place on September 30 and will focus on earthquakes, hazardous materials, pandemic flu, and severe winter weather. The campaign website provides multiple guides and promotional materials that can help engage communities in National Day of Action activities. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Student Aid Deadlines
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This tool can help students find out federal and state deadlines for submitting student financial aid applications. Learn more.

  • March 28, 2014
    Stay Healthy at College With MyPlate On Campus
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

    The MyPlate On Campus Initiative aims to spread healthy eating messages to college students to empower them to improve their eating and exercise habits and encourage their peers to do the same. MyPlate On Campus offers tools, such as a tracker that develops personalized nutrition and activity plans for users, and tip sheets on topics such as choosing healthy snacks and creative ways to exercise. Students interested in promoting wellness at their schools can become MyPlate On Campus Ambassadors and gain leadership experience while hosting fitness and healthy eating activities for their fellow students. Learn more. 

  • March 12, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Research and Demonstration Programs Community Collaborative Academy
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    Non-Binding Letters of Intent Due: March 21, 2014
    Application Deadline: April 24, 2014
    OAH has announced the availability of funds to help communities with high teen pregnancy rates develop and implement a collaborative, community-driven, innovative strategy or prevention framework for teen pregnancy prevention. Learn more (PDF, 56 pages).

  • March 12, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
    NIJ is seeking multidisciplinary research and evaluation proposals related to childhood exposure to violence, particularly those that address polyvictimization, resilience, or justice system responses to children identified as being exposed to violence. For this solicitation, “children exposed to violence” encompasses a broad area that includes children both as direct victims and as bystanders or observers of various forms of violence in the home, school, or community. Learn more (PDF, 26 pages).

  • March 12, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice

    Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
    Funds will be provided for research and evaluation related to violence against women in the areas of teen dating violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. These funding opportunities are focused at the state, local, tribal, federal, juvenile justice policy, and practice levels. Learn more (PDF, 28 pages).

  • March 12, 2014
    Watch the Official Selections from the First-Ever White House Student Film Festival
    Agencies/Departments: White House

    On February 28, the White House held its first-ever Student Film Festival, screening 16 official selections that highlight why technology is so important and how it will change the educational experience for students in the future. Visit the event website to learn more about the film festival, check out the winning films, and watch video of the event. Learn more.

  • March 12, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Farm to School Grant Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture

    Application Deadline: April 30, 2013
    The Farm to School Grant Program assists eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. For this solicitation, four types of grants are available: (1) planning grants, for schools and districts just starting to implement farm to school programs; (2) implementation grants, for schools and districts interested in scaling up their efforts; (3) support service grants, for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and nonprofit entities working with school districts or schools to further develop existing initiatives and to provide support services; and (4) conference/event grants, which support conferences, events, and trainings. Learn more.

  • March 12, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: YouthBuild
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Training Administration

    Application Deadline: April 22, 2014
    DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while they perform meaningful work and service to their communities. Learn more.

  • March 12, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
    Through this funding opportunity, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services in Native American communities. Only federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Learn more.

  • March 12, 2014
    Teen Childbearing in Rural America
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    This slideshow presents some of the highlights from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s research brief, “Teen Childbearing in Rural America,” which compares teen childbearing in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the United States. Learn more.

  • March 12, 2014
    Bullying May Have Lasting Health Effects on Kids
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    As featured on HealthFinder.gov, a new study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital with nearly 4,300 children reveals that bullying can have lasting effects on physical and emotional well-being. Results of the study show that children who were chronically bullied had the lowest scores on measures of physical and emotional health. Those who were bullied for a short time fared better but still had lower scores than their peers who did not experience bullying. Learn more.

  • March 12, 2014
    Young Offenders: What Happens and What Should Happen
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

    This bulletin examines policies that affect young offenders who cross over from the juvenile to the criminal justice system, with a focus on adolescence and early adulthood. Learn more (PDF, 3 pages).

  • March 12, 2014
    My Brother’s Keeper: Creating Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    President Obama has launched a new initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” which will bring the public, private, and nonprofit sectors together to create opportunities for boys and young men of color to reach their full potential. The president also created the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, which will analyze how current efforts are working and determine how the federal government can support those efforts. Learn more.

  • March 10, 2014
    Department Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

    PTAC has released new guidance to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services. The guidance also urges schools to go beyond compliance and implement best practices when outsourcing school functions using online educational services, such as mobile applications and computer software. Learn more and read a blog post detailing Secretary Duncan’s speech on technology in education.  

  • March 10, 2014
    National Bike to School Day 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation

    Date: May 7, 2014
    National Bike to School Day is a national event that promotes safe routes to school and encourages healthy physical activity among students, parents, school officials, and members of the community. Schools are invited to register their Bike to School Day events to access downloadable resources and materials, including classroom activities and Map-a Route, a GIS-powered mapping tool that allows users to create and share biking and walking routes. Learn more.

  • March 10, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Investigator-Initiated Research: The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: May 20, 2014
    As part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, NIJ will make available approximately $15 million for multiple grants that will address school safety issues directly. Funded research efforts will contribute to the knowledge base and evidence building about school safety. Learn more (PDF, 26 pages). 

  • March 10, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Social Innovation Fund Grants FY 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    Application Deadline: April 22, 2014
    Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant competition will provide up to $65.8 million to eligible grantmaking institutions seeking to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing low-income communities nationwide. In addition to the SIF focus areas of healthy futures, youth development and economic opportunity, this competition prioritizes applications targeting opportunity youth, vulnerable populations, collective impact approaches, and applications affiliated with presidential initiatives to expand economic opportunity. Learn more.

  • March 10, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Research on Gangs and Gang Violence FY14
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
    NIJ will fund up to seven projects that involve research and/or evaluations that improve understanding of reducing gang membership and violence and lead to improved criminal justice policy, practice, and research, particularly on local or state levels, on issues surrounding gangs. Learn more (PDF, 25 pages). 

  • March 10, 2014
    Juvenile Arrests 2011
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Drawing from the data included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime in the United States report, Juvenile Arrests 2011 provides an overview of the extent and nature of juvenile crime. Highlights from this bulletin include an 11 percent drop in juvenile arrests and a 10 percent decrease in juvenile violent crime arrests. Learn more.

  • March 10, 2014
    National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2013
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This directory provides updated information on federal, state, and local government and private facilities that provide substance abuse treatment services. Program information is also available online in a searchable format with maps showing the location of each facility. Learn more (PDF, 715 pages). 

  • March 10, 2014
    The White House and USDA Announce School Wellness Standards
    Agencies/Departments: White House; Department of Agriculture

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies. The guidelines mandate what needs to be included in wellness polices, in areas such as goals for nutrition education and physical activity, informing parents about policies and their implementation, and assessing and reporting on progress. To assist schools with the implementation of new policies, the USDA has created a School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources website, which includes sample wellness policy language and marketing resources. Learn more.

  • March 10, 2014
    Top Five Travel Tips for Spring Break 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of State

    These tips from the Department of State aim to help students traveling abroad during spring break to be prepared and stay safe. Learn more.

  • March 10, 2014
    5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post features information for students on the next steps they should take after they have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    Girls Matter! Webinar Series
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Dates: March 13, April 22, May 20, June 10, and July 24, 2014
    Girls Matter! Is a six-part webinar series, developed by SAMHSA, that will cover challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting the behavioral health and development of girls, ages 12–18. The planned topics for these monthly, 90-minute webinars are as follows. Learn more.
    February 25, 2014: Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls
    March 13, 2014: The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls
    April 22, 2014: Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
    May 20, 2014: Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection
    June 10, 2014: Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis
    July 24, 2014: The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports 

  • February 28, 2014
    Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

    This guide offers research-based principles and approaches for practitioners to consider when treating adolescent substance abuse, as well as information about settings in which treatment occurs, the role of family and medical professions in treatment and recovery, and frequently asked questions about adolescent drug use. Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This guide aims to educate practitioners working in a wide range of settings about the role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the well-being of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) and to help them implement best practices in engaging families to support their LGBT children. Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    A New Guide Can Help You Get Teens Involved in Preventing Dating Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    Developed by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, the Our Revolution campaign engages young people in a social movement to prevent and reduce teen dating violence. The Our Revolution website provides information and resources, including posters, brochures, and a conversation guide, that can help youth-serving professionals engage youth in the campaign. Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    NCFY Library
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FSYB), National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    The NCFY Library is a searchable database, curated and managed by a librarian, which contains abstracts, or summaries, of more than 20,000 publications related to FYSB’s programmatic areas of youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and family violence prevention and services. Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    Podcast: How to Keep LGBTQ Youth From Becoming Homeless
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

    This podcast features Jama Shelton, the Director of the Forty to None project, discussing her organization’s work to reduce the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) runaway youth and steps that youth-serving professionals can take to prevent LGBT youth homelessness. Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    Mentoring’s Role in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    During the January 2014 National Mentoring Summit, OJJDP Administrator Robert Listenbee, along with a group of experts, participated in a panel on “Mentoring’s Role in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline.” Mr. Listenbee’s remarks included a discussion of the Departments of Justice and Education’s Supportive School Discipline initiative, OJJDP’s commitment to mentoring, and the importance of diverting youth from confinement and providing trauma-informed care to system-involved youth. Learn more.  

  • February 28, 2014
    Family and Youth Services Bureau–Funded Project Paves the Way for Serving LGBTQ Homeless Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

    Funded by FYSB, “3/40 BLUEPRINT: Creating the Blueprint to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Homelessness” is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The project aims to help transitional living programs provide safe and affirming services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Learn more. 

  • February 28, 2014
    SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    The Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App provides behavioral health professionals with evidence-based mental health and substance use information, tools, and resources that can be used to aid disaster survivors. First responders can use the app to find treatment facilities and information about hotlines and critical contacts, access resources including information on psychological first aid, and share information easily with colleagues and survivors. Learn more.

  • February 28, 2014
    Federal Advisory Committee Examines Juvenile Courts and Justice System Programs for American Indian Children Exposed to Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice

    On February 11, 2014, tribal leaders, juvenile court judges, child advocates, juvenile justice system experts, and community members testified in the second public hearing of the Advisory Committee of the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. The hearing focused on how juvenile courts and other programs within tribal juvenile justice systems address the impact of children’s exposure to violence. 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.

  • January 3, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: OJJDP FY 2013 National Intertribal Youth Leadership Development Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 21, 2013
    The award recipient will build on the success of past National Intertribal Youth Leadership Summits by creating a series of national and regional Intertribal Youth Leadership Development gatherings and facilitating various culturally affirming leadership opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native youth and tribal youth-serving programs. Learn more (PDF, 25 pages).

  • 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
    Growing Into High Blood Pressure
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    A recent study indicates that youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop high blood pressure, or hypertension, as adults than their peers of normal weight. The study, which analyzed 27 years of data on more than 1, 100 teenagers, found that 6 percent of normal-weight youth developed hypertension as adults compared with 14 percent of overweight and 26 percent of obese children. 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.