Youth Development

Programs and Practices
Programs and Practices
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Website Icon Nurturing Parenting Programs
Website offering resources designed to build nurturing parenting skills and prevent abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. Home- and community-based programs aim to lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce ...

Website Icon Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a framework for achieving improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. It guides intervention at the school and district level by a structure to support the adults and students ...

Website Icon Youth Mental Health First Aid
YMHFA is designed to improve knowledge and modify attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to youth who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises. The course focuses on the unique risk ...

Website Icon Aban Aya Youth Project
Developed for urban African American males 10-14 years old to address violence, behavior, substances, truancy, and/or sexual involvement. Students are taught skills to resolve conflicts and abstain from risky behaviors, along with cultural pride ...

Website Icon Academic Tutoring and Social Skills Training
For students 8-10 years old who are rejected socially and have seriously low performance in reading or math. A trainer works with individual students once a week for 6 weeks. and coaches the student in behaviors for play, cooperation and ...

Website Icon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Designed for 18 year olds through adults. ACT has been used to relieve distress in individuals with a broad range of mental health issues using 6 processes that address mindfulness and behavioral activation. It can be delivered in individual or ...

Website Icon Across Ages
Targeted for 9-13 year olds in schools community organizations to prevent substance abuse. Participants are paired with adult mentors to prevent, reduce, or delay use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and problems connected with their use.Students visit ...

Website Icon Active Parenting Now
This video-based education program focuses on parenting skills for parents of children 2-12 years old. The six 2 hour sessions teach parents proactive strategies to raise child confidence, create a healthy parent/child relationship and how to use ...

Website Icon Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach
An outpatient behavioral intervention program that serves 13-17 year old students with alcohol or substance abuse issues. Therapists work with students on communication skills, problem solving skills, and social interactions through role-playing and ...

Website Icon After School Matters
A Chicago-based program for teens that includes academics, drama, sports, music, arts, and apprenticeships in culinary arts, biology research, computer science, and farming. The goal is to keep students engaged in positive activities and give them ...

Website Icon Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
Skills-based intervention promoting resilience through the development of skills such as self control, problem solving, positive social relationships and healthy choices. At forty six sessions (15-25 minutes long) Al’s Pals is one year in length and ...

Website Icon Albuquerque Victim-Offender Mediation Program
Developed by New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution so victims and 10-19 year old offenders could meet, negotiate, and problem solve in the community. There are mediation programs for schools, parents/children, and incarcerated youth. Used with ...

Website Icon All Stars
A skills-based intervention designed for both in-school and after-school/community settings. Utilizing group and one-on-one activities of approximately 45 minutes in length; the All Stars programs focus on building strong interpersonal relations and ...

Website Icon American Indian Life Skills Development
A school-based program that addresses the need for support for American Indian youth ages 13 to 17 who are at a higher risk of suicide. Founded in the Zuni Life Skills Development curriculum it focuses on 28 to 56 lesson plans including ...

Website Icon AMIkids Personal Growth Model
Comprehensive treatment for 10- to 17-year-old youth assigned to a day treatment program, residential treatment, or alternative school. Designed to reduce delinquent behavior, academic failure, recidivism, and promote academic achievement. Plans ...

Website Icon An Apple A Day
A literacy based program for the development of self esteem and healthy habits in children that begins in kindergarten and continues through the 4th grade. The program may be based in a school or community setting. The 30 to 45 minute lessons are ...

Website Icon Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Training Program
Antibias and diversity training for middle and high schools. Students from diverse school subgroups are selected and trained to lead workshops with peers about issues such as bias, discrimination, harassment, and social responsibility. Through a ...

Website Icon ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives)
Targets 13-17 year old female athletes in school settings to reduce or eliminate use of diet pills or other body-shaping substances. Lessons include information on nutritious eating and appropriate exercise. A coach can deliver the 8 lessons ...

Website Icon Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS)
Progam targets 13-17 year old male athletes in schools to reduce or eliminate use of steroids/supplements, and influence the reduction or elimination of alcohol and drugs. Sessions taught by coaches, peer educators, or strength trainers. The 10 ...

PDF Icon Behavioral Monitoring and Reinforcement Program
Targets high risk 7th-9th graders and focuses on preventing delinquency, school failure, and alcohol/drug use through learning to handle academic and social problems, while reducing cynicism about the world and ones ability to handle problems. ...

Website Icon Bicultural Competence Skills Approach (State-Wide Indian Drug Prevention Program)
Use with 4th/5th grade and older Native American adolescents to deter use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Students use Native American/Alaskan and popular American cultural elements to adapt and thrive in both cultures. Counselors teach 10-15 ...

Website Icon Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program
Designed for the promotion of resiliency in participating youth ages 6-18. Program focuses on positive youth development through a relationship that is based on trust and caring. Youth and children are matched with adult mentors who meet with ...

Website Icon Boys and Girls Club of America
Boys and Girls Clubs provide a variety of after school and summer programs in safe community locations where students can learn, participate in activities, build relationships with positive adult professionals, and learn that hope and ...

Website Icon BoysTown
BoysTown focus: equip children with skills to become caring responsible adults. Services include life-skills, relationships, decisions-making, family-style environment, and religious practices/values. Continuum of Care offers residential care, ...

Website Icon Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development Program (BUILD)
Chicago based program for 11-17 year olds to prevent and reduce gang violence in low-income communities by providing positive activities for students in after school programs like skiing, recreation, violence prevention curriculum, college and ...

Website Icon Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Summer Learning Program
Targeted for low-income students in grades 1-7 who are not in special education. It is a six-week program for 40 hours a week. Students receive instruction in reading and math, attend cultural activities, participate in a speaker series, dialogue ...

Website Icon Building Skills
A classroom based 12-lesson curriculum designed to help 5th graders in the promotion of social development. Building Skills focuses on high risk students and their ability to deal appropriately with social influences. Developed by Western New York ...

Website Icon California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
This site provides information related to selected child welfare programs. Programs featured on the site are being used in California to promote child and family well-being. Resources are listed by topic areas including behavior management, parent ...

Website Icon Capturing Kids' Hearts Teen Leadership Program
An intervention designed to improve students emotional well-being and social functioning, including improving communication with parents, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, improving self-efficacy, and minimizing problem behaviors. ...

Website Icon Career Academies - Career Clusters
Schools within schools (Career Clusters) are connected to careers and include high school academic subjects to prepare students for college or work. Each academy is composed of grade level students who stay together with the same teachers for 4 ...

Website Icon Career Beginnings
Developed for urban disadvantaged 11th and 12th grade students with commitment and motivation to go to college or choose career options, this is a school-community-university partnership. Services include help with admissions, job finding, ...

Website Icon Caring School Community (CSC)
A key feature of this universal K-6 school climate program is the school-wide implementation of the model. CSC focuses on strengthening students’ connectedness to school thereby increasing academic motivation and achievement and reducing drug use, ...

Website Icon Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
Housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, the CSPV disseminates information/resources, offers technical assistance and conducts research related to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. The website provides a ...

Website Icon Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP)
A school-based preventive intervention delivered to groups of children ages 5-14 who are dealing with parental separation and divorce. The intervention is tailored for specific age groups and focuses on three major themes: children's divorce-related ...

Website Icon Class Action
Targeted for 11th-12th grade students as a comprehensive intervention program to reduce starting alcohol use, reducing use, and diminishing problems associated with alcohol use. Students are provided with court case materials and develop arguments ...

Website Icon Club HERO (Helping Everyone Reach Out)
An after-school program for middle-school students. The goals are preventing substance abuse, improving academic achievement, and increasing parent involvement. A drug-education curriculum is included to increase knowledge of the effects of alcohol, ...

Website Icon Common Sense Parenting
Targeted for parents of students ages 6-16 with behavioral/emotional issues, the programs goal is to teach positive behaviors for parents to use to improve childrens behavior. Certified trainers provide 2 hr weekly sessions over 6 weeks. Parents ...

Website Icon Connections: Relationships and Marriage
Curriculum for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Students explore skills required to develop healthy and stable interpersonal relationships with family, friends, dating partners, and eventually in marriage. Students assess their current ...

Website Icon Consistency Management and Cooperative Discipline
A classroom and school model, designed for inner-city students aged 8-11, to prevent disruptive behavior before it begins and foster a classroom environment of active learning, respect, and discipline. Teachers and students learn and practice five ...

Website Icon Coping Cat
Cognitive behavioral treatment designed for students in elementary through high school. Assists student in recognizing anxious feelings and physical reactions to anxiety. Identification of unrealistic expectations, development of coping strategies ...

Website Icon Coping Power Program
A preventive intervention that addresses social competence and self-regulation for children identified as being at-risk for substance use and delinquency. Children participate in structured cognitive-behavioral sessions designed to improve ...

Website Icon Courage to Care:Building Community Through Service (Touchstones)
Teacher/leader and student texts with lesson plans and worksheets that use passages from major literary works for reading/discussing issues of trust, respect, collaboration and community. Strategies help students in grades 2-12 learn to process ...

Website Icon El Joven Noble
A curriculum designed to promote character development and reduce or prevent unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, and community or relationship violence among male Latino youth. The curriculum also promotes responsible and respectful behavior ...

Website Icon Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
A gang and violence prevention program for elementary and middle school students. School-based and taught by sworn/certified criminal justice professionals. Additional curricula are available for families (middle school) and summer programs (for ...

Website Icon Get Real About Violence
K-12 anti-violence curriculum designed for participation by the entire school community. Targets a wide range of violent behavior: bullying, teasing, spreading rumors among younger children and threats and assaults in later years. Students are ...

Website Icon Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion
A program for girls ages 11 to 14 that teaches skills to resist peer, media, and other pressures to use harmful substances, such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco and household chemicals. Participants identify harmful pressures, learn about various ...

Website Icon Girls’ Circle
Support-group sessions for girls ages 9–18 based on the theory that personal connections are necessary for girls’ healthy psychological development. Girls take turns talking and listening to one another respectfully about gender-relevant topics: ...

PDF Icon HeartMath: Coherence Training in Children With ADHD
Designed for children ages 8-14 who have a diagnosis of ADHD. The intervention aims to help students reduce stress, control impulses, and improve academic focus by gaining and maintaining self-control over their emotional responses to stressful ...

Website Icon Hip Hop to Health, Jr.
A curriculum promoting healthy nutrition and exercise for children 3-7. The program is literacy-based and includes food group puppets, songs and exercise routines. It can be implemented in a variety of settings such as schools, childcare centers, ...

Website Icon Hip-Hop 2 Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV (H2P)
A substance abuse and HIV prevention/intervention for students aged 12-16 that integrates hip-hop culture within curriculum. Goals are 1) reduce substance use and early sexual activity, 2) Increase family interactions, and 3) increase constructive ...

Website Icon Indian Health Service
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is focused on providing Native communities with the tools and information to develop suicide prevention programs. IHS provides culturally appropriate information related to suicide prevention and mental wellness for ...

Website Icon Job Corps
Federally-funded program for economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth ages 16-24. Goals: 1) educational attainment, 2) employment and earnings, 3) reduction of public assistance, and 4) reduction in crime and recidivism. Provides academic ...

Website Icon LEADS: For Youth (Linking Education and Awareness of Depression and Suicide)
A 3-hour, classroom-based, high school curriculum designed as a component of a schools suicide crisis management program. Program goals are to increase students knowledge of depression and suicide, modify students perceptions of depression and ...

Website Icon Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence
A comprehensive life skills program designed for schoolwide and classroom implementation for grades 6-8 (ages 10-14). The program employs a variety of instructional strategies, including inquiry, discussion and group work. Eighty 45-minute ...

Website Icon Mental Health America
MHA, the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.The site ...

Website Icon myPlaybook
A Web-based, interactive drug prevention tutorial program designed to improve student attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to drug use. There is also a component specifically for student-athletes that addresses drug use and sports. Students ...

Website Icon National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI California is an organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. NAMI staff and members advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all constituents. They ...

Website Icon Operation New Hope
Curriculum-based program for chronic, high-risk youth offenders, ages 16-22, who display unmanageable lifestyle behaviors: alcohol, drug, sexual, family abuse. Integrates education, counseling, and mentoring for life skills such as dealing with ...

Website Icon Parent-Child Home Program
Two-year program for families challenged by poverty, limited education, language and literacy barriers. Begins at age 2-3 and ends at 4, as children transition into pre-kindergarten. In twice-weekly home sessions, trained paraprofessionals ...

Website Icon Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL)
A peer-based assistance program to help students avoid risk factors for a variety of problems, such as substance use, low academic achievement, absenteeism, violence, teen pregnancy and suicide. Teachers recruit, train, monitor, and evaluate PAL ...

Website Icon Peers Making Peace
A pre-K through grade 12 peer-mediation program aimed at improving school environments by reducing violence, assaults, and discipline referrals and increasing academic performance. Teams of 15 to 24 students who represent the community’s racial, ...

Website Icon Perry Preschool Program
A program for African American children ages 3–4, living in poverty and at high risk for school failure, consisting of daily classroom sessions and a weekly home visit to involve mothers in the educational process. The program uses the HighScope ...

Website Icon Point Break
A day-long workshop for 13-17 year old students, designed to promote resiliency, problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, empathy and respect for others. High-energy activities are intended to engage students and encourage interaction outside ...

Website Icon Project Northland
A program designed to delay drinking, reduce alcohol use among young drinkers, and limit the number of alcohol-related problems among drinkers in grades 6-8. Includes home- and community-based components with specific grade level themes. Interactive ...

Website Icon Project Venture
Designed for 5th-8th grade American Indian youth to develop the resistance to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, based on traditional cultural values such as family, learning from the natural world, spiritual awareness, service to others and ...

Website Icon Protecting You/ Protecting Me
Alcohol use prevention and vehicle safety program with elementary and high school components, aimed at reducing alcohol-related injuries and death due to underage alcohol use and driving. Science- and health-based lessons are taught by school staff ...

Website Icon Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System
A computer-based program for students that has 140 topics for 6-12 year olds and 390 topics for 13-17 year olds. Topics can be customized for the individual student and address social-emotional competencies such as assertiveness, decision-making, ...

Website Icon Rock In Prevention, Rock PLUS
A prevention curriculum for 3-6 grade students that includes interactive activities using music, skits, kinesthetic elements, and art to increase positive behavior traits. The program is designed to increase awareness of the risks of substance use, ...

Website Icon Sacramento Countywide Bullying Prevention Project
The website's goal is to provide a collection of resource materials and information. Our powerful search feature lets you find helpful resources specific to your needs as parents and community, students, teachers and school staff, or administrators. ...

Website Icon Safe Dates
Preventing or stopping sexual abuse between people in a dating relationship for grades 8, 9, or older is the program focus. Students learn conflict resolution skills, ways to prevent abuse, how to change dating violence and gender-role norms, how ...

Website Icon Safe School Ambassadors
This bystander education program aims to reduce bullying and enhance school climate through the recruitment and training of socially influential student leaders from diverse groups within a school. Adult volunteers from the school or community serve ...

Website Icon Say It Straight
Program helps students in grades 3-12 learn skills to communicate and behave in ways that empower them to reduce risky behaviors like drug/alcohol/tobacco use, bullying, sexual behavior, violence, and eating disorders. At school the program is ...

Website Icon Seeking Safety
Intended for use with students ages 13-18 as individuals or in groups where there is a history of substance abuse and/or trauma. School counselors, substance abuse counselors, nurses, psychologists, violence advocates and mental health ...

Website Icon Self-Science
A classroom-based curriculum designed to teach emotional intelligence and help students discover their own learning styles, increase cooperation and improve classroom relationships. The program aims to improve students’ self-awareness and ...

Website Icon Sources of Strength
Universal suicide prevention program for 13-18 yr olds using student leaders to deliver peer messages, lead activities, and carry out classroom activities. Activities designed to reduce suicide, increase students' acceptance of help from appropriate ...

Website Icon SPORT
Program emphasizes substance abuse prevention, physical fitness, and healthy habits. Targets ages13-17 (and older youth/families) in school, community, and home environments. Participants take a self administered screening survery that focuses on ...

Website Icon Strong African American Families (SAAF)
Strengthening cultural and family bonds for African American students ages 10-14 is the focus of this program in order to prevent substance use, especially alcohol, and behavior issues such as truancy, theft, school suspension, and early sexual ...

Website Icon UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. They also have an ...

Website Icon Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program
A full school-year program aimed at reducing teen rates of pregnancy, course failure, and school suspension. Students select and participate in a minimum 20-hours supervised volunteer community service and classroom sessions led by trained ...