RHY Resources

ACEs Linked to Several Leading Causes of Death

The November 2019 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vital Signs examined the relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and long-term health outcomes in the U.S. Using data from 25 states over a three-year period, researchers identified a correlation between having experienced trauma in childhood and at least five of the top ten leading causes of death. Given this stark view of the impact of ACEs, authors stress the importance of identifying children at risk for ACEs and intervening to prevent their occurrence.

Read the report and access complementary resources at https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aces/


Promoting Authentic Youth-Adult Partnerships

Published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in November 2019, A Framework for Effectively Partnering with Young People describes core components of authentic youth-adult partnerships, which adult behaviors uphold partnership, and questions to assess whether effective practices are in place. The guide is based on the framework used by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities initiative to bring young people and adults together to solve policy and practice issues affecting youth. Authors emphasize the latest research on adolescent brain plasticity to explain how authentic engagement helps young people heal from trauma and develop new skills.

Access the guide online at  https://www.aecf.org/resources/a-framework-for-effectively-partnering-with-young-people/


Why Youth Join Gangs

The National Gang Center recently released a video called Why Youth Join Gangs, featuring interviews with former gang members discussing why they joined gangs, and what their early experiences were like in their homes, neighborhoods and schools. The video is organized into many short segments, and also features experienced youth workers and researchers describing known risk factors for gang involvement.

Watch the full video at https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Video


Helping Homeless Youth Vote

A new article in Teen Vogue discusses the barriers that homeless youth face when it comes to registering to vote, and ways that RHY have successfully registered in different states around the country. The article includes examples from formerly homeless youth, including why, in their own words, it was important to them to vote. The article also explores what some presidential candidates have said on the campaign trail about addressing the problem of youth homelessness.

Read the article at https://www.teenvogue.com/story/homeless-youth-united-states-2019


The Unique Adolescent Brain

A comprehensive report released in 2019 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine argues that the distinctive changes in brain structure and connectivity occurring in adolescence offer unique possibilities for positive development, and the ability to recover from past trauma. Researchers provide recommendations on harnessing adolescents’ abilities, and fixing the inequities in health, child welfare, educational and justice systems that hinder young people’s development. In addition to the full report, there are short summaries, interactive webpages and free social media graphics and examples available.

View the report and companion resources at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BCYF/Adolescent-Development/index.htm

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