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Promoting Positive Youth Development
Partners for  Children charged the Youth Development Team with the responsibility of establishing a foundation for developing and promoting youth development strategies and approaches that are coordinated across agency systems.
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The Partners for Children Youth Development Team defines youth development in New York State.

  • Youth Development Team Goals and Strategies Paper
  • Promoting Positive Youth Development in New York State
    A Discussion Paper
      The National Youth Summit Rocks Cleveland July 22 through July 24   The Family & Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services is excited to announce the annual National Youth Summit: Youth Leadership in America's Communities Space Is Limited-Register NOW
    • Related Publications and Reports on Teens
      • From working with states over the past few years, the Chapin Hall Center for Children  has recently developed a series of cross-state matrices on the indicators used in different states in September 2002 to measure the well-being of youth. There you will also find a series of state-by-state narratives on indicator initiatives
      • National Youth Development Information Center  is a one-stop website for youth workers
      • The Youth Engagement and Voice Web page
      • Community YouthMapping (CYM)  is a developmental approach to collecting information on resources and issues that requires meaningful participation by youth and adults in a community Young people and adults canvass their neighborhoods/communities and document baseline information on resources for other young people, children and families.  
      • Youth Development summary volume in the Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences  
      •   NYS Youth Violence Reduction Strategy: Goals and Guiding Principles
      • Youth Engagement/Voice Pilot Web Site The Partners for Children (PFC) Youth Development Team in cooperation with the Assets Coming Together (ACT) for Youth Upstate and Downstate Centers of and for Excellence are happy to announce the opening of their Youth Engagement and Voice Web Site !
      • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  Announces its new Back to School Initiative which provides students and teachers with informative, accurate information about addiction and drug abuse
      • Interactive Website that is geared specifically for adolescents ages 11 to 15.   It contains age-appropriate facts on drugs, real stories about teens and drug abuse, games, take-home activities, and a question and answer forum.
      • Using the PRISMS Prevention Risk Indicator Services Monitoring System profiles in your community:  Assessing Youth Alcohol and Substance Abuse Risks and Problems describes the framework of PRISMS.
      • Tracking Recent Teenage Pregnancy and Birth Rates:   New York State and the United States examines National and New York State teenage pregnancy and birth trends, teenage sexual and reproductive behavior, contributing and protective factors and consequences associated with teenage pregnancies and births, and draws conclusions based on this research. Teach Youth Life Skills  An online resource, the Casey Family Program helps professionals and caregivers work together to teach youth the skills they need to live successfully on their own. Three components:
        • the Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment (ACLSA)
        • a Life Skills Guidebook for professionals
        • and Ready, Set, Fly! A Parent's Guide to Teaching Life Skills.
        Each guide can be used independently or with the others to develop a customized life skills teaching plan for youth ages 8 and up.

        Also included are a manual for using the ACLSA and guidebook, and age-appropriate activities for the program's six topical areas: daily living skills, Housing and community resources, money management, self-care, work and study skills and social development.

      • The What Works Table  a point-and-click resource for the web presents information on specific programs and approaches such as smaller class sizes, academic tracking, mentoring programs, and youth employment programs and gives users the option to access short, readable summaries or to delve deeply into the research studies.
      • Caring for your Teenager 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics
      • The Center for Excellence  is a division of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center committed to building the capacity of service providers and community-based organizations to work with young people by providing technical assistance and training.
      • A Guide To Positive Youth Development  prepared by the ACT for Youth Downstate & Upstate Centers for Excellence
      • The ACT for Youth Upstate Center of Excellence The ACT for Youth Upstate Center of Excellence, housed at Cornell University, is a partnership among the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University, The University of Rochester Division of Adolescent Medicine, and the New York State Center for School Safety.
      • Teen Web Site Teaches Financial Literacy Teen spending is estimated to reach $175 billion in 2003 and as high school students prepare to enter the world of college or work, we have to ask ourselves as parents and educators: how much have we done to prepare them?
      • The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth  has recently released a report that assesses youth exposure to alcohol advertising on radio relative to young adults and all adults over 21. The report revealed that more than a quarter of radio ads in the summer of 2003 would not have been in compliance with the alcohol industry's revised marketing codes announced in September 2003.