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Adolescence Directory On-line

A service of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana U., offers an electronic guide to resources on topics such as conflict and violence, mental health and risk issues.

afterschool.gov

One stop federal information for afterschool programs, funding and resources: transportation, snacks, mentors, recreation, computers, Web sites for kids and teens, etc. Sponsored by the Federal Support to Communities Initiative with GSA and the Reinventing Government Task Force led by Vice President Gore.

America's Jobs Bank

Americaís Job Bank is a partnership between the US Department of Labor and the state operated Public Employment Service. The Americaís Job Bank computerized network links state Employment Service offices to provide job seekers with the largest pool of active job opportunities available anywhere and nationwide exposure for their resumes.

Building Bridges between Families, Schools, and the Community

Bridge Communications, an educational publishing, research, and consulting company specializing in health, parenting, and home-school partnerships. Our goal is that children and teens will receive the education and support they need to grow up healthy, safe, and informed about issues that affect them.

Community YouthMapping

Community YouthMapping is young people canvassing their neighborhoods in search of places to go and things to do. Young people called mappers canvass their neighborhoods, using a survey tool, to gather baseline information on the resources available for young people, children and families in their communities. The Center defines resources as places to go, opportunities and things to do.

Federal Website for Teens

Afterschool.gov's Website for Teens is a great place to learn more about science and technology, art, business, politics, community service and more.

Keeping Schools Open as Community Learning Centers

Keeping schools open longer before and after school, and during the summer can turn schools into Community Learning Centers. By keeping school doors open during non-traditional school hours, the school provides students, parents, and the community with access to valuable educational resources. A Community Learning Center housed in the community school can be a safe after-school and summer haven for children, where learning takes place in a building removed from the violence, drugs, and lack of supervision of children that permeate some communities in America. This guidebook outlines the steps needed to successfully convert a school into a community learning center and lists resources for further information and assistance.

Millions of Health Insurance-Eligible Teens Remain Uninsured

New Study Finds States Must Work Harder to Enroll More Than 2 Million Eligible Adolescents

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

The mission of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is to improve the life prospects of this generation and the next -- and, in particular, to reduce child poverty -- by influencing cultural values and building a more effective grassroots movement. The Campaign's goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third between 1996 and 2005.

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

NCFY is the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB's) central resource on youth and family policy and practice. FYSB is a Bureau within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF); Administration for Children and Families (ACF); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). On this site, you will find information on new youth- and family-related materials and initiatives, NCFY publications for downloading, and more.

New American High Schools Initiative

Supports high school reform by providing leadership in six areas: identifying New American High Schools, conducting research and evaluation to determine how these high schools achieve outstanding results, providing information, expert assistance, and financial support to high schools that want to transform the way they teach and the way their students learn, creating public awareness, developing partnerships, helping to create public policies

New Guide to Help Local Communities Establish Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala announces the release of "Get Organized: A Guide to Preventing Teen Pregnancy." The publication stresses a localized approach, a long-term commitment, and careful evaluation. It also provides novel approaches for addressing teen pregnancy, suggestions on how to target young men in prevention efforts, and mechanisms for channeling community views on pregnancy prevention into effective, localized strategies for addressing the overall issue.

Promoting Better Health for Young People

This report from the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education, and recently released by the White House, outlines ten strategies to promote health and reduce obesity through lifelong participation in enjoyable and safe physical activity and sports.

Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets

In an effort to identify the elements of a strength-based approach to healthy development, Minnesota-based Search Institute developed the framework of developmental assets. This framework identifies 40 critical factors for young people's growth and development. When drawn together, the assets offer a set of benchmarks for positive child and adolescent development. The assets clearly show important roles that families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, youth organizations, and others in communities play in shaping young people's lives.

Serving Children and Youth Through the TANF Block Grant

States Finding New Ways to Serve Poor, But Relying More on Federal Funds "Within the bounds of the complex TANF regulations, states are finding creative uses for TANF funds to promote quality child care, early childhood education, teen pregnancy prevention, stay-in-school initiatives and other programs that aim to give children and youth the support and care they need for healthy development." "Serving Children and Youth Through the TANF Block Grant," a National Governors Association Issue Brief, gives examples and helpful hints for administrators.

Statistics on Decreases in Teen Pregnancy

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, births to teens fell for a seventh straight year in 1998 and are down 18% since 1991. Births among teens from all ethnic groups have dropped, and births among teens ages 15-17 are now at their lowest rate in four decades. Reasons reported include higher rates of abstinence and more reliable birth control. To encourage ongoing support of school-based teen pregnancy prevention, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has published "Teen Pregnancy: State Education Agencies and Prevention" -- available free at:

Tapping TANF Funds for Youth

This publication describes how and when it is permissible to use TANF funds for youth-related activities and services and provides illustrations of how TANF funds are being spent on youth. An attachment provides information about some proven or promising youth programs which could be supported with TANF funds.

Vermont What Works: Keeping Youth in School in Your Community

This booklet is one of a series produced by the Planning Division of the Vermont Agency of Human Services to assist the work of its regional and local partners in achieving positive outcomes for Vermontís citizens. The State Team for Children, Families, and Individuals has identified 10 outcomes, or conditions of well-being, that form the basis for these efforts. (NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)

Vermont What Works: Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Your Community

This booklet is one of a series produced by the Planning Division of the Vermont Agency of Human Services to assist the work of its regional and local partners in achieving positive outcomes for Vermontís citizens. The State Team for Children, Families, and Individuals has identified 10 outcomes, or conditions of well-being, that form the basis for these efforts. (NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)

Vermont What Works: Preventing Youth Disruptive or Violent Behavior in Your Community

This booklet is one of a series produced by the Planning Division of the Vermont Agency of Human Services to assist the work of its regional and local partners in achieving positive outcomes for Vermontís citizens. The State Team for Children, Families, and Individuals has identified 10 outcomes, or conditions of well-being, that form the basis for these efforts. (NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)

Vermont What Works: Preventing Youth Substance Abuse in Your Community

This booklet is one of a series produced by the Planning Division of the Vermont Agency of Human Services to assist the work of its regional and local partners in achieving positive outcomes for Vermontís citizens. The State Team for Children, Families, and Individuals has identified 10 outcomes, or conditions of well-being, that form the basis for these efforts. (NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)

Youth Opportunity Movement

The Youth Opportunity Movement is the partnership-building network that helps communities access all of their resources to help at-risk youth. It provides the chance for every American - employers, individuals and young people - to reach into the community and help out-of-school youth succeed. It is because of this involvement at the grassroots level that Youth Opportunity is a Movement rather than simply a program or initiative.


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