RHY Resources

Video Series: Collaborative Solutions in Real Communities

The Building Community, Building Hope series, developed by the Children’s Bureau, highlights on-the-ground collaborations that improve the health and wellbeing of young people and families. Videos focus on engaging fathers, systems collaboration, housing first approaches, and ways to start conversations in your own community. RHY providers can use these videos to activate local stakeholders, inform program development, and educate young parents. The series is accompanied by a free user’s guide and engagement toolkits. Access videos and companion resources.

Link: http://cantasd.org/bcbh/



Homelessness Maps and Infographics

The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness has a series of interactive graphics available that describe issues affecting RHY—including the graduation gap; dating violence; and comparisons between “doubled up” youth and those living on the streets. Their interactive map, The United States of Homelessness, allows users to look at state- and school district-level data across the country. RHY providers can share these graphics on social media, and use the data they contain to build volunteer and donor support. View online graphics.

Link: https://www.icphusa.org/maps_infographics/


Engaging Young People in Prevention Campaigns

This Q&A with Kenny Neal Shults focuses on how organizations can collaborate with young people to create video and other digital messaging to support prevention initiatives. Kenny Neal Shults is a comedian and principal for Connected Health Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience working with service organizations to engage vulnerable populations in leveraging the power of digital media for outreach and programming. The Q&A also includes a link to digital media created for one campaign developed in partnership with Shults’ organization. Read Q&A.

Link: https://www.youthcatalytics.org/publications/interviews/qa_youth_digital_messages/


PYD 101 Online Courses

Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 Online is a series of short courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals, volunteers, and advocates. It is based on, and can be used to supplement, the training curriculum Positive Youth Development 101 by Jutta Dotterweich. The online courses were created by Jutta Dotterweich and Karen Schantz of ACT for Youth, together with members of the Cornell University Social Media Lab.

These stand-alone, interactive courses may be taken in any order. Each course can be completed in about 30 minutes. Courses are open to all; registration is required. Six courses are available:

Principles of PYD

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the principles of the PYD approach
  • Strategize ways to put these principles into action

Puberty and Adolescence

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the major physical changes and developmental tasks of adolescence
  • Identify specific challenges that some youth face when going through puberty and adolescence
  • Explain risk taking in the context of brain development

Youth and Technology

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe current trends in teen online behavior
  • Identify key features of the internet and its implications for online behavior
  • Describe the impact of social media on adolescent well-being and development
  • Describe ways to build digital literacy and citizenship skills in youth

Youth Development Programming

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe features of effective youth development settings
  • Identify young people's strengths as a way to engage youth in programming
  • Describe scaffolding, a teaching strategy that works for all age groups
  • Describe the experiential learning model and how it can be used in youth programs

 Youth Voice and Engagement

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify meaningful roles for young people
  • Describe expressions of adultism and ways to address them
  • Identify approaches to prepare youth and adults for working together as equitable partners

Youth Work Ethics

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a youth worker
  • Describe key competencies needed for youth workers to be effective
  • Discuss how personal boundary issues arise and how to deal with them
  • Identify common dilemmas experienced by youth workers and strategies to handle them

To get started, visit www.pyd101.net

This project is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Smith Lever project 2015-16-143.


Quick Guide to FYSB RHYTTAC’s Human Trafficking Resources

Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) provides human trafficking resources to employees that are working within runaway and homeless youth (RHY) funded programs.

Quick Guide to HT Resources - WEB.pdf

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