RHY Resources

Ready for Anything: A Disaster Planning Manual for RHY Programs

This manual teaches the “Ps and Rs” (prevention and preparedness, response, and recovery) of disaster planning. It includes worksheets and checklists to guide you step by step through the process of creating an emergency-preparedness plan for your youth-serving agency.

Click here to download the Ready for Anything manual.

Understanding Why Young People Engage and Disengage in Services

As part of Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count study, researchers explored the attitudes that 215 young people held toward engaging in formal and informal homelessness services. Through a series of vignettes, a recent article in Cityscape describes how young people’s identity, experiences, and desire to act on their own behalf are related to patterns of support-seeking. The study emphasizes that all young people are capable of different levels of engagement depending on the circumstances, and that providers should consider it a fluid, multidimensional concept. RHY providers can use study results to better understand what may be affecting individual RHY’s behavior and to create conditions that make it easier for any particular young person to connect with services. Read the article.

Link: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscpe/vol20num3/ch2.pdf



Podcasts on Social Issues Affecting RHY

The Listen up People podcast series from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work features experts on social challenges such as equity, suicide, and gun violence. Episodes run about 30 minutes and are available for free through iTunes, Spotify, Sound cloud and other platforms. Look for new episodes on trauma and trafficking in early 2019. RHY providers can listen to podcasts as a staff development activity, and to educate and spark discussions with groups of young people. Explore and listen to podcasts.

Link: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu/podcast


Helping Young People Engage with Natural Supports

This three-page resource from UMass Medical School shares best practices for engaging families – and supports of choice – in service planning with young people. The tool offers tips on framing conversations, working through conflict, and protecting youth’s boundaries. A simple activity for helping young people identify their natural supports is also included. In recognition that social networks are fluid and ever-changing, RHY providers are encouraged to complete this activity with young people on a regular basis. Download this tool.

Link: https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1128&context=pib


Motivation and the Developing Brain

A recent working paper from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child explains how motivation systems develop and act in the brain. The paper includes an interactive graphic, and describes the differences between “wanting” and “liking” pathways; how adverse childhood experiences disrupt the development of balanced systems; the brain’s response to addiction; and how peer interaction gives adolescents a dopamine boost. RHY providers can use this resource to better understand what motivates young people’s behavior, and share the accompanying graphic directly with young people for substance use prevention. Learn more.

Link: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/understanding-motivation-building-the-brain-architecture-that-supports-learning-health-and-community-participation/

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