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Youth Development


Youth Links

After School Programs

  • Afterschool.gov
    http://www.afterschool.gov

  • After-School Programs - National Association of Elementary School Principals
    http://www.naesp.org/after-school-0

  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, founded in 1996, is a bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization led by more than 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence and leaders of police officer associations.  Their mission is to research and evaluate the effectiveness of crime-prevention strategies; develop policy recommendations and analyze the crime-prevention impact of public policy proposals; educate opinion leaders, policy-makers and the public through briefings and the mass media about effective crime prevention programs; give a voice at the national and state levels to the crime prevention concerns and recommendations of police, prosecutors and crime victims as well as experts in fields such as child and youth development and criminology.
    http://www.fightcrime.org

  • America’s After-School Choice: Juvenile Crime or Safe Learning Time
    A research brief by FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS

  • America’s After-School Choice: The Prime Time for Juvenile Crime,
    Or Youth Enrichment and Achievement

    A Report From Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

  • National Institute on Out-Of-School Time, at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality and viability of programs serving children and youth.  Learn how other local, statewide and national workforce development initiatives are building training systems, offering school-age and youth development credentials and certificate programs, developing core competencies and much more. Share information about what your city or state is working on to help build a skilled and stable out-of-school time workforce. Search for relevant reports, articles, books and papers in our bibliography database.
    http://www.niost.org/

  • Out-of-School Time Program Evaluation: Tools for Action - How do you know if your after-school program is working and if it's meeting the expectations of students, staff, parents, and community partners? Through surveys, focus groups, and other data sources, administrators are able to gain valuable information that not only influences program direction but also helps in fulfilling grant reporting requirements.
    http://www.nwrel.org/ecc/21century/

  • The Out-of-School Time Learning and Development Project - Harvard Family Research Project
    http://www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/projects/afterschool/about.html

  • When School Is Out: Analysis and Recommendations - The Future of Children seeks to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.
    http://www.futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/09_02_Analysis.pdf

Behavioral/Mental Health

  • The Behavioral Health Division of the Child Welfare League of America was created in 2001 to provide national leadership in the advancement of policy, programs, and practices that address behavioral health issues in families known to the child welfare system.
    http://www.cwla.org/programs/bhd/default.htm

  • Child, Adolescent & Family - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    http://www.samhsa.gov/

  • Children's Defense Fund’s Child Welfare and Mental Health Division works on behalf of children who are most vulnerable to being left behind—those who are abused, neglected, suffer from emotional problems, are homeless or who encounter other obstacles that threaten their safety and family security.
    http://www.childrensdefense.org/childwelfare/default.asp

  • Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) - Oregon Department of Human Services
    http://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/

  • The Oregon Commission on Children and Families' (OCCF) Best Practices information is intended to build on the many years of good work the Oregon Commission System has devoted to outcome evaluation and accountability.  Information is structured using specific topic areas including: Childhood Care & Education; Home Visiting; Child/Youth Crime Prevention; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Parent Education & Support; Early Literacy; Health/Mental Health; and Positive Youth Development.  These topic areas are divided into several sections: Essential Components; Demonstrated and Model Programs; Useful Web Sites; and Research Resources.
    http://www.oregon.gov/OCCF/index.shtml

Community Learning Centers

Juvenile Justice

  • Blueprints for Violence Prevention sets a gold standard for implementing exemplary, research-based violence and drug programs and for implementing these programs with fidelity to the models. The work that is being conducted will help to bridge the gap between knowledge (research) and practice and inform the users of programs of the barriers that must be overcome in order to achieve maximum success.
    http://www.colorado.edu/cspv/blueprints

  • The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
    http://www.cjcj.org/

  • Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) - a premier national resource on delinquency prevention and juvenile justice issues.
    http://www.juvjustice.org/

  • Diverting Children from a Life of Crime: What Are the Costs and Benefits? RAND Research Brief May 1996.  RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world.
    http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB4010/index1.html

  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, founded in 1996, is a bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization led by more than 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence and leaders of police officer associations.  Their mission is to research and evaluate the effectiveness of crime-prevention strategies; develop policy recommendations and analyze the crime-prevention impact of public policy proposals; educate opinion leaders, policy-makers and the public through briefings and the mass media about effective crime prevention programs; give a voice at the national and state levels to the crime prevention concerns and recommendations of police, prosecutors and crime victims as well as experts in fields such as child and youth development and criminology.
    http://www.fightcrime.org

  • The Juvenile Justice Division serves the overall mission of the Child Welfare League of America on behalf of children and families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The Child Welfare League of America is committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm.
    http://www.cwla.org/programs/juvenilejustice/default.htm

  • The National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice examines the overrepresentation of youth with disabilities at-risk for contact with the courts or already involved in the juvenile delinquency system. We provide professional development and technical assistance, conduct research and disseminate resources in three areas of national significance: prevention of school failure and delinquency, education and special education for detained and committed youth, and transition services for youth returning to schools and communities.
    http://www.edjj.org/

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, produces statistics, bulletins, fact sheets and other publications on youth and family issues.  Topics include: family strengthening, youth development, mentoring, school safety, child protection and juvenile justice.
    http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/

  • The Oregon Commission on Children and Families' (OCCF) Best Practices information is intended to build on the many years of good work the Oregon Commission System has devoted to outcome evaluation and accountability.  Information is structured using specific topic areas including: Childhood Care & Education; Home Visiting; Child/Youth Crime Prevention; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Parent Education & Support; Early Literacy; Health/Mental Health; and Positive Youth Development.  These topic areas are divided into several sections: Essential Components; Demonstrated and Model Programs; Useful Web Sites; and Research Resources.
    http://www.oregon.gov/OCCF/index.shtml

  • Oregon Youth Authority - (includes data, Juvenile Directors Association)
    http://www.oregon.gov/oya/index.shtml

Mentoring

  • Mentoring Tips - The Mentoring Group provides consulting/technical assistance, skill-based training, skill assessment, research/evaluation, and publications related mentoring.
    http://www.mentoringgroup.com/

  • MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership - Expanding the world of quality mentoring.
    http://www.mentoring.org/

  • NWREL - this collection of resources focuses on Mentoring.  The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
    http://www.educationnorthwest.org

Positive Youth Development/Resiliency/Assets

  • The Communities That Care® prevention planning system is a complete package of training and support services delivered by experienced professionals in the field of prevention science to help communities develop an integrated approach to the positive development of children & youth and
    the prevention of problem behaviors, including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout, and violence.

    http://www.channing-bete.com/positiveyouth/pages/CTC/CTC.html

  • Family & Youth Resiliency - The purpose of this site is to provide professionals with resources and materials about family and youth resiliency, and to promote thriving relationships. This site also has practical information for parents.
    http://resiliency.cas.psu.edu/

  • National Resilience Resource Center
    http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/dbhis/dbhis_stress_links.asp

  • The Oregon Commission on Children and Families' (OCCF) Best Practices information is intended to build on the many years of good work the Oregon Commission System has devoted to outcome evaluation and accountability.  Information is structured using specific topic areas including: Childhood Care & Education; Home Visiting; Child/Youth Crime Prevention; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Parent Education & Support; Early Literacy; Health/Mental Health; and Positive Youth Development.  These topic areas are divided into several sections: Essential Components; Demonstrated and Model Programs; Useful Web Sites; and Research Resources.
    http://www.oregon.gov/OCCF/index.shtml

  • Positive Youth Development -Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    http://transition.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/about/our-driving-principle

  • Positive Youth Development - Community Matters
    http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/

  • Resiliency: What We Have Learned - SchoolsMovingUp: Putting school improvement into action.
    http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/wested/view/e/139

  • The Resiliency Center - Your resource for developing resiliency in yourself, your work teams and your organization.
    http://resiliencycenter.com/

  • Resiliency In Action
    http://www.resiliency.com/htm/whatisresiliency.htm

  • Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.  At the heart of the institute's work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.  Search Institute offers research on positive child and adolescent development; a wide range of publications and practical tools to equip community and organization leaders, parents, and young people to build developmental assets; networking opportunities for leaders and practitioners engaged in asset building to learn from each other; and Search Institute-developed training and training of trainers is available for multiple groups in communities.
    http://www.search-institute.org

  • Youth Development Framework  - Oregon Department of Human Services
    http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/ah/youth/youth.shtml

  • Youth Services & Positive Youth Development - Child Welfare League of America
    http://www.cwla.org/programs/positiveyouth/default.htm

Runaway and Homeless

Schools/Education

  • Chalkboard Project is a collaborative effort among five independent Oregon foundations.  We believe every public school student deserves a quality education that will lead to success in college, in the workplace, and in life.
    http://www.chalkboardproject.org/

  • Education and Youth Development - Children's Defense Fund
    www.childrensdefense.org/

  • Education in Oregon - A one-stop educational mall with "doorways" to
    Oregon's educational institutions, programs, and services.

    http://www.ode.state.or.us/home/

  • Employers for Education Excellence builds understanding and inspires action for high academic standards to support learning and achievement in Oregon’s public schools.
    http://www.e3oregon.org/

  • No More Islands: Family Involvement in 27 School and Youth Programs, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), asserts that young people should not be treated as "islands" by school and youth programs, separate from the context of their families and neighborhoods.  AYPF identifies many effective, family like, strategies: include caring adults, create small close-knit environments, articulate high expectations and provide long-term support.
    http://www.aypf.org/resources/no-more-islands/

  • NWREL this collection of resources focuses on Academic Achievement.  The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
    http://educationnorthwest.org/

  • NWREL this collection of resources focuses on At-Risk Students.  The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
    http://educationnorthwest.org/

  • NWREL this collection of resources focuses on Parent Involvement.  The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
    http://educationnorthwest.org/

  • NWREL this collection of resources focuses on Safe Schools.  The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
    http://educationnorthwest.org/

  • Oregon Department of Education
    http://www.ode.state.or.us/

  • Oregon Public Education Network (OPEN) helps bring the Information Super Highway to Oregon's classrooms by facilitating network connections and servicing those connections through technical and user support services
    http://www.open.k12.or.us/index.html

  • The Oregon School Activities Association - Enriching the lives of Oregon Students.  OSAA is a non-profit, board-governed organization comprised of its member schools, both private and public. The OSAA is dedicated to ensuring equitable competition for Oregon high school students through OSAA-sponsored events. The foundation for that goal lies in a belief that no school, team or individual should be treated as any more or less than another.
    http://www.osaa.org/

  • Safe & Drug Free Schools - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    http://www.samhsa.gov/

  • School of the 21st Century (21C), based at Yale University, develops, researches, networks, and supervises a revolutionary educational model that links communities, families, and schools. There are currently over 1300 schools across the continental United States that are participating in the 21C program.
    http://ziglercenter.yale.edu/

  • Schools as Community Centers
    A citizens guide for planning and design

Substance Abuse Prevention

  • The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is the sole Federal organization with responsibility for improving accessibility and quality of substance abuse prevention services. The Center provides national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, underage alcohol and tobacco use, and to reduce the negative consequences of using substances.  Find State prevention profiles, model programs, prevention research, training and technical assistance that makes use of substance abuse prevention databases and provides tools for evaluation and management.
    http://www.samhsa.gov/

  • Combating Methamphetamine Laboratories and Abuse: Strategies for Success U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

  • The Communities That Care® prevention planning system is a complete package of training and support services delivered by experienced professionals in the field of prevention science to help communities develop an integrated approach to the positive development of children & youth and
    the prevention of problem behaviors, including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school dropout, and violence.

    http://www.channing-bete.com/positiveyouth/pages/CTC/CTC.html

  • The Oregon Commission on Children and Families' (OCCF) Best Practices information is intended to build on the many years of good work the Oregon Commission System has devoted to outcome evaluation and accountability.  Information is structured using specific topic areas including: Childhood Care & Education; Home Visiting; Child/Youth Crime Prevention; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Parent Education & Support; Early Literacy; Health/Mental Health; and Positive Youth Development.  These topic areas are divided into several sections: Essential Components; Demonstrated and Model Programs; Useful Web Sites; and Research Resources.
    http://www.oregon.gov/OCCF/index.shtml

  • Oregon Healthy Teens (OHT) is Oregon’s effort to learn about and improve the health and well-being of young people across the state through a partnership between local school districts and Oregon Research Institute, the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. A primary component of OHT is a survey of students in grades 8 and 11, conducted in one-third of high schools and middle schools in Oregon.  Access results of the survey results
    http://www.ori.org/oht

  • Prevention Platform - An online resource for substance abuse prevention from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    http://www.higheredcenter.org/resources/samhsas-prevention-platform

  • Prevention Research - From the Society for Prevention Research
    http://www.preventionscience.org/prevconnect.php#publications

  • RAND Child Policy Publications: Adolescents.  RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world.
    http://www.rand.org/child/bib/18.html

  • Safe & Drug Free Schools - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/schoolviolence/safeschools.asp

Teen Health

Teen Pregnancy

  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
    http://www.thenationalcampaign.org

  • The Oregon Commission on Children and Families' (OCCF) Best Practices information is intended to build on the many years of good work the Oregon Commission System has devoted to outcome evaluation and accountability.  Information is structured using specific topic areas including: Childhood Care & Education; Home Visiting; Child/Youth Crime Prevention; Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Parent Education & Support; Early Literacy; Health/Mental Health; and Positive Youth Development.  These topic areas are divided into several sections: Essential Components; Demonstrated and Model Programs; Useful Web Sites; and Research Resources.
    http://www.oregon.gov/OCCF/index.shtml

  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention from Oregon Department of Human Services
    http://egov.oregon.gov/DHS/children/teens/tpp/index.shtml

Youth Suicide

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