RHY Resources

Tip Sheet: Do’s and Don’ts for Young Adult Councils

This tip sheet from the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research offers five suggestions from young people about ways to structure successful youth advisory councils. Framed as practical “do’s and don’ts” these concrete suggestions focus on the kinds of activities, expectations and supports that uphold young people’s ability to lead youth-adult partnerships. Providers can use these tips to improve the structure of local and program meetings involving RHY—for example, by ensuring that adult colleagues plan ways to compensate youth for their contributions.

Access the tip sheet at https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1126&context=pib


Operationalizing Positive Youth Development

A recent article in the Journal of Youth Development explores elements of positive youth development (PYD) that underlie the Office of Adolescent Health’s Think, Act, Grow® initiative. The article describes “five essentials” for promoting adolescent health and how programs have implemented them, as well as additional resources for teens, parents and youth-serving professionals. RHY providers can use this information to train new staff, educate families, and consider promising approaches to boosting young people’s interest in their own health and wellbeing.

Download the article at https://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/18-13-03-FA-05/658


Understanding Prevalence and Risks for Transgender Students

As part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2017, 10 states and nine large urban school districts piloted a new question about gender identity, allowing researchers to compare risks affecting transgender students and their cisgender peers. Data suggests nearly two percent of students in grades 9-12 identify as transgender; these youth reported higher rates of violent victimization, risky sexual behavior, suicidality and substance use than peers. Safer learning environments and increased access to culturally competent mental and physical health care are recommended.

Read the full report at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6803a3.htm


Youth-friendly Planning Process

This one-page guide from Youth MOVE National offers a step-by-step process that young people can use for strategic planning within youth-led programs and groups. The approach is designed to help youth and young adults plan activities in a way that aligns with the structure they work in and their shared purpose. RHY providers can use this approach to engage young people in designing drop-in or TLP programming, and jump starting community projects; better yet, staff can use the guide to train RHY as peer facilitators.

Learn more at https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/media/ssw/institute/national-center-documents/T2C-6-Strategic-Planning.pdf


By Youth For Youth: How to Navigate Emergency Care

Created by young people in the Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition, this guide describes ways that young people can advocate for and protect themselves when using emergency room or walk-in clinic health services. Based on trauma informed care principles and youth’s lived experiences, the resource includes suggestions on how to communicate needs to health workers, ask about the care being provided, and handle situations that might trigger anxiety or aggression. This resource is available for free in both poster and pocket size versions. RHY providers can share these tips with young people and distribute materials to local ER and health clinics.

Download the guide at https://traumainformedoregon.org/resource/making-voice-heard-suggestions-youth-youth-use-emergency-rooms/


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