RHY Resources

The Connection between Life Expectancy and Educational Opportunity

Child Trends has published new research exploring the impact of teens’ educational opportunity on life expectancy. According to the report, teens living in neighborhoods with rigorous academic content, experienced teachers, and supportive learning conditions and nonacademic support live longer than teens in neighborhoods with fewer educational resources. Researchers acknowledge that educational opportunity is estimated to account for only six percent of differences in life expectancy, but argue that its role is nonetheless meaningful and actionable.

View the report and maps online at



Helping Young People Get Organized

This article from Child Mind Institute speaks directly to young people with executive functioning issues or ADHD about strategies for becoming more organized, and why it can be helpful. Coming from a growth mindset, the author offers practical suggestions for identifying solutions that fit, breaking big projects into simpler steps, and coping and communicating when disorganization causes problems at school, work or home.

Read the article at https://childmind.org/article/how-to-help-yourself-get-organized/


Recommendations for Health Workers on Identifying and Serving Runaway Youth

A February 2020 Pediatrics article addresses how health care professionals can identify and care for youth who run away. Research suggests that 1 in 20 youth run away from home each year, putting them at high risk for trauma, victimization, mental health problems, substance use, pregnancy, and STIs. The article includes a thorough review of literature on numbers and demographics of youth who run away; circumstances that increase the likelihood of running away; and the unique health needs of runaway youth.

Read the full article at https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/145/2/e20193752


Free Online Learning: Improving Conversations with Youth

Pathways Research and Training Center offers several videos and interactive learning modules designed to improve conversations between practitioners and young people. Tools describe effective interviewing techniques; what to say and what not to say; different conversational styles; and how and why to use open-ended questions in youth-driven conversations.

Access online learning tools at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/learning-tools


Significant Increase in Numbers of Homeless Youth Reported by Schools

The National Center for Homeless Education recently released federal data on the number of children and youth enrolled in public schools who are experiencing homelessness. Data from the 2017-2018 school year indicate that approximately 1.5 million youth experienced homelessness—representing the highest number ever reported nationally, and an increase of 15% over the past three years. Numbers of homeless students living in cars, parks, streets, and other non-shelter locations more than doubled since 2016-2017.

Download the full report at 


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