RHY Resources


Youth Gun Violence Prevention Resources

In September 2019, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange launched a new resource hub focused on youth gun violence prevention. The website includes research briefs on gun violence prevention and intervention, national and state-level data, recommendations from policymakers and law enforcement officials, as well as descriptions of program models proven to reduce gun violence.

Visit the hub at https://jjie.org/hub/youth-gun-violence/


2019 AECF Report on Child Well-being Released

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) released its latest KIDS COUNT Data Book which provides an in-depth statistical look at state and national trends in child well-being. The comprehensive report assesses the status of young people’s well-being in four areas: economics, education, health, and family/community. In most areas, young people’s well-being has improved—for example, teen birth rates declined and graduation rates are up—but racial and ethnic disparities persist. Understanding population demographics and how youth are faring at state and national levels is important for RHY program design, understanding inequalities, and prioritizing advocacy efforts.

Access the full report and tools for exploring data at the state level at https://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/


WA Pilots Juvenile Justice and Social Service Coordination Model

An opinion piece published by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange in September 2019 describes the intersection of housing instability and justice system involvement for youth, and a related cross-system pilot project. Co-designed by the SAJE Center and workgroups in Snohomish and Kitsap Counties in Washington State, the Housing Stability for Youth in Courts (H-SYNC) program is an effort to prevent both homelessness and future court-involvement among youth. The model will be piloted in five WA counties in 2019-2020, and uses existing court data to universally screen juveniles for housing instability, assess the severity of their needs, provide tailored referrals to proven-effective support services, and prompt workers to follow up and reassess.

Read the article at https://jjie.org/2019/09/20/courts-social-services-can-work-together-on-housing-instability/ 

and learn more about the screening model at https://www.sajecenter.org/hsync


Relationships and Social-Emotional Learning in Younger Teens

The latest resource guide from the National Mentoring Partnership focuses on the importance and value of mentoring relationships in the behavioral and emotional development of younger adolescents. Social and Emotional Development in Early Adolescence: Tapping into the Power of Relationships and Mentoring includes a comprehensive literature review, case studies, relationship-based strategies and recommendations for practitioners.

Download the publication at https://www.mentoring.org/social-emotional-learning/


How Universities Can Build Support for RHY

A new article from Youth Today argues that colleges and universities need to do more for young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability in their institutions. Authors provide suggestions for better serving students who are housing insecure, including: not using the word ‘homeless’ which can be shaming; gathering data on the scope of the problem on campus; and broadcasting what resources are available in the community for affected students.

Read the full article at https://youthtoday.org/2019/09/how-higher-education-can-help-remedy-homelessness-housing-insecurity/

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