RHY Resources

Education and Career Toolkit for Youth

Youth Engaged 4 Change has developed an education and career toolkit by youth, for youth. The online kit was compiled by youth interns in the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs and includes a collection of resources organized by themes—such as uncovering and evaluating educational options, financing and affording an education, figuring out what job and career opportunities are the right ‘fit,’ and finding those jobs. Included resources were vetted for reliability, affordability, and youth-friendly qualities.

Access the toolkit at https://engage.youth.gov/career-pathways

 

Personal Navigators Increase Higher Education Access

A recent Seattle Times article describes work being done by Seattle Education Access (SEA), a small nonprofit organization in Washington State, which uses personal navigators to connect young people with higher education and to help them succeed once they enroll. The program targets “opportunity youth,” young people ages 16-24 who are not currently in school or working. A recent evaluation of the program conducted by Urban Institute showed promising results: two-thirds of the young people engaged with SEA enrolled in college, compared to only 23% of disconnected youth trying to make it on their own. Seventy-one percent of participants remained enrolled for four quarters following engagement.

Learn more about SEA’s approach at https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/nearly-19000-youth-in-king-county-are-neither-working-or-in-school-how-one-seattle-nonprofit-is-changing-that/

 

 

Changing Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania

A new report, Transforming Justice: Bringing Pennsylvania’s Young People Safely Home from Juvenile Justice Placements was recently released by the Juvenile Law Center with funding from Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report details the current state of juvenile placements in Pennsylvania, where the number of youth in placement and rates of racial disparity exceed national averages. Authors argue the state needs to change its system for how youth enter the system, and do a better job involving families in order to keep youth in their homes. The report includes recommendations from other states that have successfully reduced the number of incarcerated youth by expanding prevention services.

Read the report at https://www.aecf.org/resources/transforming-justice/

 

Arizona YES Survey Examines Trafficking

The Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research recently published results from the 2019 Youth Experiences Survey (YES), which has been used to collect data since 2014 on the life experiences, substance use, mental health issues, risk and protective factors, and sex and labor trafficking experiences of RHY in the state. Over half (53%) of the 167 young people ages 18-25 who participated had experienced some form of trafficking; over one-quarter (28%) experienced both sex and labor trafficking.

Download the survey and analysis at https://socialwork.asu.edu/sites/default/files/stir/yes_2019_report_asu_stir.pdf

 

Responding to Rising Suicide Rates among Youth

In October 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data indicating a significant rise in suicide attempts and deaths by suicide among young people. According to the CDC, as reported in a recent New York Times article “The Crisis in Youth Suicide,” the rate of suicide among youth ages 10-24 increased by 56% between 2007 and 2017, and represents the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19. The article describes what research psychologists and suicide prevention experts believe is driving the increased rate, and what adults can do to intervene, such as helping young people ‘unplug’ from social media and get enough sleep, and asking them directly and without judgement about their mental health and suicidal feelings.

Access the article at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/well/mind/the-crisis-in-youth-suicide.html

 
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