RHY Resources

Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood Toolkit

Pathways RTC has updated their Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood training toolkit with a 10-module self-directed study guide. The toolkit is designed for service providers working transition-age youth who have serious mental health challenges, and aims to give providers an increased awareness of young people’s needs, and the skills they need to engage effectively with youth and families, and across other agencies and systems in which they are involved. The self-study format allows providers to learn at their own pace, reflect on what they are learning, and easily share content and questions with their peers.

Download the free training modules and self-study guide at

https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pathways-transition-training-toolkit-self-study

 

The Debt Danger of Certificate Programs

According to new analysis from the Hechinger Report and NBC News, many private, for-profit schools that offer certificate programs and promises of higher-wage jobs for graduates actually put students in serious financial debt and leave them earning less than people with certificates from public programs. Runaway and homeless youth looking to improve their chances of finding work through certificate programs should avoid for-profit programs and stick with community colleges and public certificate programs. RHY providers can use this report to educate youth about the potential risks of these programs.

Read more at https://hechingerreport.org/they-just-saw-me-as-a-dollar-sign-how-some-certificate-schools-profit-from-vulnerable-students/

 

Screening for Childhood Adversity is Not Enough

Child Trends’ new brief warns about the limitations of current screening practices for identifying childhood adversity. Though many providers use the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study index to screen for childhood adversity, authors warn against the risks of using only this approach—including potential for re-traumatization; deficit-focus; lack of cultural sensitivity; and narrow conceptions of adversity. The brief recommends that in addition to screening, providers take trauma-informed approaches, accompany screening with proper assessment and evidence-based treatment, and implement preventative strategies to reduce childhood adversity. RHY providers need an understanding of ACEs, their impact on youth development, and how to respond effectively in order to provide quality services.

Download the free report at

https://www.childtrends.org/publications/childhood-adversity-screenings-are-just-one-part-of-an-effective-policy-response-to-childhood-trauma

 

Homeless Youth in Their Own Words

The latest installment of Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count research series features interviews with homeless youth. Young people’s stories shape recommendations for policy and practice, and are synthesized into distinct, interconnected findings. Authors recommend revisions to the federal RHY Act, broad implementation of trauma-informed care, and developmentally appropriate support tuned to the unique needs of young people. RHY providers can use this report to explore the paths young people take into homelessness, and how programs intervene.

Access the brief at http://voicesofyouthcount.org/brief/missed-opportunities-youth-pathways-through-homelessness-in-america/

 

Podcast on Arts-based Social Justice Work with Youth

This 39-minute podcast focuses on the ACTION project at DreamYard in the Bronx which engages young people of color in learning about community organizing through the arts. The project combines different art media as tools for exploring social justice issues identified by young people as important to them; cohorts of youth participate over a four-year period starting just before they enter high school. During the podcast—which is part of a larger Reclaiming Digital Futures toolkit—educators describe how the design thinking model dovetails with positive youth development; why it’s important to teach young people to lead community organizing; and examples of creative projects and campaigns designed by participants.

Listen to the podcast at

https://digitallearningpractices.org/resource/designing-community-art-projects-at-dreamyard/

 
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