Youth Development

Publications and Tools
Publications and Tools
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PDF Icon After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
An online toolkit developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) to assist schools responding to a suicide or other death in the school community. The toolkit provides key ...

Website Icon Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
A full research monograph of work by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. In this document you will find a detailed summary of the science of implementation. The study of the findings of research ...

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 Peace Talks - Preventing Violence DVDs
Michael Pritchard uses a 10 video series of 30 minute lessons to teach grade 6-12 students to avoid dangerous situations in the streets, at school, and in the home. Real students were filmed in diverse schools in the USA in the series that ...

Website Icon Walk in Our Shoes
Visitors to the site are treated to a unique interactive environment for mental wellness for both youth and adults. Designed for ages 9 to 13 this site gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about mental wellness including facts, myths, mental ...

Website Icon Youth Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Wellness Series Online Courses
Developed with support from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) for the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative, these no-cost course modules are designed for teachers, administrators, nurses, and district and school ...

PDF Icon 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (ages 12-18)
The Developmental Assets lists 40 factors that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Research indicates that youth with more of these assets are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, including alcohol use, violence, ...

PDF Icon 9 Parenting Strategies
Parent Furthers information and tools are based on Search Institutes Developmental Assets(r), suggesting simple, everday approaches parents can take to help kids be successful in the future. This 1-page tip sheet gives nine positive strategies ...

Website Icon A Foundation for Bullying Prevention
This PowerPoint from The Committee for Children offers an overview of bullying: how it differs from conflict, its prevalence in schools, the role of bystanders, and a summary of recommendations for prevention. Presenters recommend curricula that ...

PDF Icon Addressing Bullying Behavior
What can parents do to deal with behavior that crosses the line into bullying? If you determine that there is a problem, its best to let your child know the behavior is unacceptable and, if necessary, seek help from a professional such as a doctor ...

Website Icon Adolescent Development
This is a 70 to 90 minute online course for adults working with early, middle, and late adolescents. Five sections provide written screens and voice-over descriptions of adolescent and adult interpretation of information, responses to stimuli, and ...

PDF Icon Analyzing Advertising: A Discussion Guide for Adults
Kids are bombarded by advertisements on billboards, internet ads, text messages, commercials, and other media. How can parents teach children to make sound judgments about the advertisements they see? This 1-page reproducible handout is published ...

PDF Icon Analyzing Advertising: A Discussion Guide for Parents and Kids
Kids are bombarded by billboards, internet ads, text messages, commercials, and other media. How can parents teach children to make sound judgments about the advertisements they see? This 1-page reproducible handout, published by Parent Further, ...

PDF Icon Anti-Bullying Action Steps for Parents
Intentional parenting is imperative to raising resilient, healthy, and well-adjusted children and future adults. With this in mind, this resource provides 6 practical action steps parents can take as part of bullying prevention efforts. Published ...

PDF Icon Anti-Bullying Action Steps for Schools and Educators
Educators play a big part in building resilience in their students and educators efforts are important in supporting the efforts of families and community members. This resource, published by Parent Further, provides 5 action steps educators can ...

Website Icon Attendance Works
An initiative at the national, state and local levels promoting awareness of the importance of regular school attendance. The initiative emphasizes regular attendance beginning in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The website features a variety ...

Website Icon Building Blocks for a Healthy Future
A guidebook and other fun, colorful, interactive materials for parents and caregivers to use with their 3-6 year old children. The activities help children learn to make decisions, solve problems, follow rules and make positive and healthy ...

Website Icon California Department of Education Mental Health Resource Page
Provides strategies, resources, and training in psychological and mental health issues, including coping with tragedy, crisis intervention and prevention, school psychology and suicide prevention.

Website Icon California Department of Education School Safety Resources
The California Department of Education's Safe Schools web page offers a list of available training opportunities, resources and technical assistance to help establish school/community environments that are physically and emotionally safe, well ...

Website Icon California Healthy Kids Survey
A California statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors and risk behaviors of students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11. The survey features three main domains: Physical Health, Safety and Social Emotional Health. Data is collected for each domain ...

Website Icon California Safe and Supportive Schools (S3)
Students well-being and academic success positively correlate to the level of opportunities for student participation. This site provides access to a wide range of publications, tools, trainings, and other technical assistance to support ...

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 ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: A Parent’s Self-Care and Self-Reflection
Being able to cope with stress is important for both parents and children. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is written to help parents who may have left an abusive relationship ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: Before You Talk to Your Children: How Your Feelings Matter
Parents reactions to stressful events affect the way children react. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is written to help parents who may have left an abusive relationship or may ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: Celebrating Your Child’s Strengths
An essential ingredient for resilience is a secure relationship between a child and someone who loves him and celebrates his accomplishments. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: Helping Your Child Navigate a Relationship with the Abusive Parent
It is common for a child who has lived with domestic violence to have confusing thoughts and feelings about the parent who has harmed the other parent. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
Most children who live with domestic violence can recover and heal from their experiences. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is written to help parents understand how domestic ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: Keeping Your Children Safe and Responding to Their Fears
Children who have experienced domestic violence may still feel afraid even after the real danger is past. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is written to help parents who have ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: Listening and Talking to Your Child About Domestic Violence
A caring parent is important in helping children to sort out their thoughts or feelings and to answer their questions about what they see, hear, or know about abuse by one parent against the other. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: The Importance of Playing with Your Children
Changes in a childs emotions or behavior may indicate that they need special attention from a caring parent. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is written for parents who have left ...

PDF Icon Children and Domestic Violence: Where to Turn if You Are Worried About Your Child
While children may react to domestic violence with behavior and mood changes, these changes usually start to go away once the stress in the home is gone. This fact sheet is one in a series of 10 published by The National Child Traumatic Stress ...

Website Icon Classroom Prevention Program
A first-grade program that combines a classroom management strategy called “The Good Behavior Game” with an enhanced academic curriculum in language arts and math. A "Critique of the Week" component addresses topics related to healthy lifestyles. ...

Website Icon Common Sense Media: Internet Safety, Digital Literacy, Cyberbullying, and related internet information and security topics
Website has cross-curricular lessons for K-12 classrooms. Site assists educators in teaching students about internet safety, cyber-bullying, information literacy, digital footprint/reputation, privacy/security, self-image/identity, ...

PDF Icon Community Action Planning “Bullying Prevention and Response Based Training Module”
These Bullying Prevention Training Module materials are designed to support community and school efforts in the presentation of research-based resources that can help lead bullying prevention efforts. Slides help present the latest information and ...

PDF Icon Community Action Toolkit
A toolkit designed to support communities and schools in creating bullying prevention activities. Use of the toolkit will help to plan and execute an event to prevent and stop bullying behavior. This toolkit is developed by the U.S. Government and ...

PDF Icon Conflict is Normal: Ages 10-14
Adults need to see themselves as guides or gatekeepers to help children ages 10-14 deal with conflict. Although children in this stage can take on more responsibility for themselves, parents need to be available both physically and emotionally as ...

PDF Icon Conflict is Normal: Ages 15-18
Adults need to see themselves as role models when helping teens deal with conflict. Teens questions often have a deeper meaning than what appears on the surface; therefore, adults need to be prepared to ask questions while being cautious not to ...

PDF Icon Conflict is Normal: Ages 6-9
Adults dont need to step into every situation, but ongoing interaction with children about their word choices and actions is very appropriate. This 1-page reproducible handout describes what to expect from children at this stage, typical female ...

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 ...

PDF Icon Cracking the Code on Teen Netspeak
Internet slang is increasingly part of teenagers everyday routine. Whether teens mean to disguise their actions or merely to save a few keystrokes, text messages are often written in what could be considered an entirely different language. The ...

Website Icon Developmental Assets - Search Institute
The Developmental Assets framework describes 40 factors that are critical for children to grow and thrive. Research indicates that youth with more of these assets are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, including alcohol use, violence, ...

PDF Icon Developmental Relationships - A Research Update from Search Institute
A developmental relationship is a close connection between a young person and an adult or between a young person and a peer that powerfully and positively shapes the young persons identity and helps the young person develop a thriving mindset. ...

Website Icon Enhancing Community Wellness through the Creation of Sustainable Partnerships
Webinar that discusses the challenge to improve behavioral health outcomes and the dilemma of increased need and expectations at a time of declining revenues and cuts. A gap exists between needs and services provided. Communities of color, LBGTQ, ...

PDF Icon Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children and Families
Poverty, limited access to services, high rates of attrition from services, low rates of follow up, and low quality of care lead to poor outcomes among some ethnic and racial groups. This 8-page brief provides an overview of cultural competence ...

PDF Icon Family Assets Framework
Search Institute(r) has identified key qualities to help all kinds of families be strong. When families have more of these research-based assets, the teens and adults in the family do better in life. This 1-page framework, published by Parent ...

PDF Icon Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse
A tool developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon that highlights important parenting skills for preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. The six page document has a separate page for ...

Website Icon Family Engagement Framework
A framework intended to provide guidance to educators, districts, schools, families and communities as they plan, implement and evaluate strategies across multiple programs for effective family engagement to support student achievement and close the ...

PDF Icon Five Interconnected Dimensions Of School Climate: What Does The Research Say? A Gist List
Positive school climate, including an evidence-based social and emotional skill-based curriculum, can improve students achievement and enhance the lives of educators. This paper compiles a brief list of research facts related to safety, teaching ...

PDF Icon Guidelines for Conducting Student Fishbowl Focus Groups
The Student Fishbowl Focus Group is a highly adaptable process that uses basic dialogue concepts and a simple structure to encourage students to express their opinion, ideas and concerns about their classrooms and school. The reversal of formal ...

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 ...

PDF Icon Helping Children Overcome Test Anxiety
A one-page document from the American School Counselor Association that addresses key research findings about how stress and emotions affect students’ performance on school work and in testing situations. Practical tips are provided which students ...

PDF Icon Homework Tips
The U.S. Department of Education has identified specific ways that parents can support their kids in completing homework. This resource provides a helpful checklist parents can use to help kids succeed in getting started and finishing their ...

Website Icon Impacts of Trauma on the Young Child: Emotional & Cognitive Development and School Functioning
Sponsored by UC Davis Medical Center, this webinar provides a description of early trauma, also known as adverse childhood experiences, and physiological impacts on the brain at various stages of development. Possible effects on a child’s cognition ...

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 Introduction to Positive Youth Development
Research demonstrates that young people ages 12-21 are best supported by a combination of positive personal attributes and outside influences. Designed for those who work with youth and families, this self-guided, free professional development ...

PDF Icon Inventory of Adult Attitudes & Behaviors
The inventory is a companion document that can be used for professional development in conjunction with Dr. Lucy Vezzutos presentation, Promoting Authentic Student Voice (which can also be found on this online clearinghouse). Participants ...

PDF Icon It Feels So Bad: It Doesn't Have To
A brochure that provides information about alcohol and drug addiction to children whose parents or friends parents might have substance abuse problems. Advises kids to take care of themselves by communicating about the problem and joining support ...

PDF Icon It's Not Your Fault (NACoA)
A National Association for Children of Alcoholics fact sheet that assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, Its not your fault! and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school ...

PDF Icon Keeping Your Teens Drug-Free: A Family Guide
Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), this brochure discusses skills parents and caregivers can use to prevent illicit drug use among teens. Topics include problems caused by marijuana, alcohol, and ...

PDF Icon Keeping Your Teens Drug-Free: A Guide for African American Parents and Caregivers
Guide provides skills for African American parents and caregivers to help prevent illicit drug use among teens. Discusses negative effects caused by marijuana, alcohol, and other substances; signs of drug use; and ways to get help from others to ...

PDF Icon Keeping Your Teens Drug-Free: A Guide for Hispanic Families (bilingual version)
The brochure lists the negative effects of smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, and taking other drugs, especially for teens. Offers a resource guide and suggestions to parents about setting rules geared toward substance abuse prevention and ...

Website Icon Kidsdata.org
Serving as a gateway to comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California, this website makes it easy to monitor trends and pinpoint disparities. Users can easily find shareable data from more than 35 trusted public ...

Website Icon Kognito At-Risk for High School Educators
A 1-hour, self-paced training program that helps educators recognize indicators for students who are exhibiting signs of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidal ideation. Participants learn how to approach ...

PDF Icon Making Volunteer Time Meaningful
Youth benefit when parents teach the importance of getting involved to make your neighborhood, school, and community better places. Instead of thinking about family service as added work or another item on your busy schedule, think about it as you ...

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 ...

PDF Icon Mental Health: A Guide to Action
Created by students with the support of the Teen Mental Health component of the Sun Life Foundation, this resource is intended to be a youth friendly guide for youth. The intent is to promote mental wellness. With a focus on being used by youth this ...

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 National Association of School Psychologists
The Association is focused on helping children achieve their best in school, at home and in life. There are a number of resources to support schools with mental wellness in addition to strategies for coping with school violence or a crisis. Some ...

Website Icon National Institute of Mental Health
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health page of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website features a wide array of free resources including publications, tools and study results. The Institute focuses on transforming the understanding ...

PDF Icon Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent's Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens
A brochure with tips and checklists to increase awareness and help parents guide their teens to a healthy life. Discusses setting expectations and rules, monitoring teens, and being a good role model to prevent problems such as alcohol, tobacco, ...

PDF Icon Negative Peer Pressure A Discussion Guide for Adults
Parents often worry about how kids pressure each other to do risky behaviors. All kids experience both positive and negative peer pressure. This 1-page handout provides basic research findings and facts, along with 7 discussion questions for ...

PDF Icon Opportunities for Meaningful Participation in School
Students well-being and academic success is affected by opportunities to participate in and contribute to meaningful school activities. Increased opportunities for participation positively correlate with academic performance, student connectedness ...

Website Icon Positive Youth Development Modules 1 & 2
Two 60-minute online training modules for adults who work with 12-21 year olds. Module I focuses on positive elements needed for youths to develop into contributing adults. Protective/risk factors are considered in helping students build on their ...

PDF Icon Prescription Drugs: They Can Help But Also Hurt: Not Worth the Risk (for Teens)
This brochure explains to teens the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Myths about prescription drug abuse are reviewed and warning signs of substance abuse are listed, along with what to do if someone ...

PDF Icon Promoting Authentic Student Voice
Connecting with students by promoting authentic student voice, creates a positive school climate that is critical to student success. In this presentation, Lucy Vezzuto, Ph.D. shares specific, grade-appropriate strategies for involving students ...

Website Icon Rachel’s Challenge
Site is dedicated to supporting positive school climate for students by bringing awareness to issues of bullying, isolation and despair. “Rachel's Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to ...

PDF Icon Responding to Crisis at a School
Resource aid outlines school crisis intervention, responding to crisis in schools and strategic guides for responding to crisis. Addressing specific areas of concern such as "Community and Gang Violence" and "Recommendations for the Support and ...

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. ...

PDF Icon Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide
An action guide to help administrators, communities and family members create safe, connected and supportive environments in schools. The guide details strategies to build a school-wide foundation, respond to early warning signs, and for the ...

PDF Icon School Climate and Mental Health
The National School Climate Council (2007) defines school climate as the quality and character of school life. It encompasses a variety of factors, including norms, values, relationships, teaching, leadership, and organizational structures. This ...

PDF Icon School Climate Matters
School culture and climate may be the most important ingredients of a successful instructional program and school reform efforts. This two-page, brief article describes key factors, examples, and research related to school climate and how it ...

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 stopbullying.gov
A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes resources and information on the definition of bullying/cyberbullying, who's at risk and how to respond and prevent bullying. Includes updates, ...

PDF Icon Teacher Support: High Expectations and Caring Relationships
Data from the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey System (CalSCHLS) are used to describe how student wellbeing across California high schools is dependent upon levels of teacher support. This fact sheet briefly summarizes ...

Website Icon The FIRE Within: Youth Entrepreneurs Preventing Suicide
A program for high school students to learn about teen suicide, research causes, find prevention strategies, and develop a plan to prevent suicide. Uses a combination of Junior Achievements Be Entrepreneurial and Carson J. Spencer Foundations The ...

PDF Icon The Grieving Child: Helping Children Cope When an Infant Dies
Parents can help children accept the loss of a life by providing a clear explanation of death, combined with age-appropriate support, as they cope with the loss of an infant sibling or loved one. Because some adults have problems dealing with the ...

Website Icon The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The NAEYC works on behalf of young children from birth through age eight. The website includes position statements and standards, publications, research, professional development and other resources for parents, teachers and others working with ...

PDF Icon Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events: A Guide for Parents and Educators (Punjabi Version)
Prompted by a violent incident at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August 2012, this fact sheet helps parents and teachers recognize and address problems in children and teens affected by trauma after an act of violence. Signs of stress reactions ...

PDF Icon Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
This fact sheet helps parents and teachers recognize common reactions children of different age groups (preschool and early childhood to adolescence) experience after a disaster or traumatic event. Offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way ...

Website Icon Tribes TLC
An on-going character education and community building process. Outcome goals include improved student behavior, cooperation, kindness, and academic achievement. Academic content is integrated into participatory group learning based upon clear ...

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 Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates
A 16-page brief published by the Safe Start Center that examines violence and trauma experienced by dependent and delinquent youth. This publication presents information related to the prevalence and impact of violence, typical symptoms of ...

PDF Icon What a Difference a Friend Makes: Social Acceptance is Key to Mental Health Recovery
As part of a campaign to encourage friends to support friends with mental illness, this brochure reports on the attitudes and beliefs of young adults about mental illness, stigma and discrimination linked with mental illnesses, and recovery from ...

PDF Icon What Every Parent Needs to Know About their Children & Sexting
Its estimated that 20% of teenagers have participated in sexting, defined as sending sexually explicit photographs to someone else electronically, often from one cell phone to another. Under the current child pornography law, sexting can be a ...

PDF Icon What, Me Worry? Students, Stress and Learning
Stress is a physiological response to a perception of a lack of control. In this webinar slide presentation research is provided related to symptoms of stress, how children and teens react to stress (normal vs. maladaptive), and how young people ...

PDF Icon Youth Gang Programs and Strategies
This comprehensive document is a useful reference for educators which debunks stereotypes surrounding youth gang members and provides research-based recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of youth gang programs and strategies. Topics ...