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Issue brief

Four Things to Remember About Supporting LGBTQ Youth

This issue brief identifies four things to keep in mind to support the five percent of children in our care who are--or will grow up to become--gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. It also provides a link to an online module about this topic and to other positive youth development modules by Better Kids Care. This resource supports resiliency.

STEM Policy Brief: The Power of Summer

This issue brief outlines a policy agenda for federal, state, and local efforts that can increase participation in summer STEM learning, with a special focus on girls and students of color who have been under-represented in higher education and in careers. It identifies state and federal pieces of legislation designed to expand STEM learning beyond the school classroom, as well as mentoring and workforce training programs, to create a pipeline into higher education and careers.

Extended Day Treatment: A Comprehensive Model of Afterschool Behavioral Health Services for Youth

This issue brief describes Extended Day Treatment (EDT) or therapeutic afterschool programs. This is an intermediate-level service that allows children to receive intensive behavioral health services in a structured therapeutic milieu while remaining at home and in school. It outlines the 11 service components that include assessment, treatment plan, therapy for individuals, groups, and families and activities with a therapeutic focus.  This resource supports resiliency.

Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth: The Benefits of Having Schools Assess Available Programs and Services

This issue brief provides an overview of the prevalence of mental health issues for children and youth. It explores how schools are often the de facto mental health system for children; therefore, schools could be a first step for afterschool programs wanting partnerships for support on mental health needs. It provides tools and ideas about conducting assessments of mental health needs and services.  This resource supports resiliency.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the School-Age Population

Out-of-School Time (OST) programs can play a role in mitigating and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are disruptive to a school-age child’s academic and social development. State policies and initiatives are often the catalysts that support OST programs in this critical work.

Children with Traumatic Separation: Information for Professionals

This fact sheet provides information on how to support children who have experienced traumatic separation from a caregiver or other family member due to incarceration, military deployment, immigration, or termination of parental rights. It includes tips for professionals who are supporting these children. This resource supports resiliency.

Promote the Positive: Lead Efforts to Advance Positive Youth Development, Social and Emotional Learning, and Youth Leadership

This issue brief explains the concepts of Positive Youth Development (PYD), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Youth Leadership (YL) and how they are related. Embedded in the document are ideas for best practices and additional resources. It was created by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) as a means of articulating a common framework to guide all their programs. This resource could be used as a professional development training tool.

Building Partnerships in Support of Where, When, and How Learning Happens

This brief presents a framework that broadens our understanding of how, when, and where youth learn. It recommends ways for how youth development organizations can build partnerships with schools, juvenile justice, foster care, and families to support growth and development.

Family-Friendly Eligibility and Enrollment Policies

Family-friendly policies offer parents financial stability and continuity in the care of children. They can also reduce the administrative burden for CCDF lead agencies. This brief addresses benefits to children and families when lead agencies adopt practices such as lengthening eligibility periods, supporting hours  beyond parent work schedule to improve child outcomes, and simplifying the eligibility process so it  reduces administrative workload. 

Partnering with Families to Improve Outcomes

This issue brief describes the importance and impact of involving families in youth development programs. It presents examples of how programs that are part of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development have used three strategies to engage families: communication, participation, and partnerships. These best practices may inspire others on how to tailor their approach to meet the specific needs and opportunities of each program/community.