RHY Resources

Practice Brief: Strengthening School and Workforce Partnerships for RHY

From the National Center on Homeless Education, this practice brief describes the array of education and workforce supports available to RHY who are in or out of school, and their key program features. The brief includes examples of how programs partner successfully at the local level, and offers suggestions for building cross-sector partnerships. This resource may be most useful for new RHY providers, or those considering new ways their community can promote young people’s successful employment. Download the brief.



Free Training Series from Adolescent Health Initiative

This series of mini, online “SPARK” trainings from Adolescent Health Initiative at University of Michigan covers topics such as creating an adolescent-friendly environment; supporting trafficked youth; building cultural competence; and understanding nonverbal communication—all topics relevant to providers serving RHY. Each free training includes presentation slides, a facilitator script and supporting materials that can be used for staff orientation or ongoing professional development. Access free SPARK trainings.




Improving Persistence When “Grit” Isn’t Enough

A recent study in the Journal of Youth Development examined ways that playfulness, social relationships, and project ownership affect young people’s ability to finish challenging group projects. Researchers suggest that “grit” and growth mindset approaches alone do not adequately address the sociocultural and institutional barriers that impact whether disadvantaged populations persist in the face of a challenge. Based on the study’s findings, RHY providers should consider ways to intentionally encourage playfulness, safety in “not knowing,” and the importance of process over products in RHY programming. Read the study.



How to Talk to Young People about Anxiety

As a supplement to its 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report, Child Mind Institute produced a short guide for adults that includes facts about teens and anxiety; the relationship between anxiety and depression, school problems, and substance abuse; and discussion prompts for starting meaningful dialogue on the topic with young people. RHY providers can use the facts, questions and resource links in this supplement to help young people understand and explore their own experiences with anxiety and readiness for treatment. Download the supplement.

Link: https://childmind.org/downloads/CMHR_2018_Supplement.pdf


Free Webinar for Young Adults on “Finding Your Voice”

This recorded webinar, facilitated by special education consultant LeDerick Horne, guides young people with intellectual disabilities in thinking about and expressing their future plans. The resource is part of the Intelligent Lives Opening Doors campaign which seeks to make a more inclusive world for youth. RHY with intellectual disabilities can view the webinar and download related materials as a way of preparing for IEP and transition planning. Watch the webinar [YouTube video].

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmKxwF6RI6Y&feature=youtu.be

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