RHY Resources

Family Instability and Youth Behavior

A new brief from Child Trends looks at how family instability – defined as changes to parents’ romantic and residential partnerships – affects the social behavior and functioning of children and young adults. Findings suggest that household instability is associated with higher levels of aggression among children, and researchers describe varying levels of social competence and aggression based on whether mothers are married or cohabitating when children are born, occurrence of divorce, and household income level.

Read Family Instability and Social Development online at https://www.childtrends.org/publications/family-instability-and-childrens-social-development


Self-Care Strategies for Young People

The Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families and youth advocates at Common Room in the UK have developed a series of self-care resources for young people experiencing mental health challenges. Their new interactive webpage has youth-friendly graphics for dozens of self-care activities, along with hopeful messages, tips, and quotes from other youth; visitors can also easily share whether they have tried an approach personally; if it was helpful, why; and what advice they would give to peers. A related infographic shows the evidence base behind various approaches to self-care among youth.

Access self-care resources at https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/


Brief: Preventing Suicide in Native American Youth

In June 2019 the Suicide Prevention Resource Center featured a program geared toward helping Native American youth improve their mental health by developing coping skills, learning to manage emotions, and practice decision-making in a school setting. Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. trained school staff to facilitate the evidence-based program – Coping and Support Training (CAST) – which was implemented in six Arizona reservation schools with youth ages 13-17. Pre- and post-program self-assessments suggest substantial improvements in youth’s self-worth, coping abilities, and sense of connectedness as a result.

Read or download at https://www.sprc.org/news/building-life-skills-connectedness-resilience-youth


Opportunity Youth Need Diverse Paths

A recent article from The 74 Million, a nonprofit news site focused on education, tells the stories of several “opportunity youth”—16- to 24-year-olds who are neither working nor in school, and at elevated risk for homelessness or prison. The article highlights youth re-engagement centers around the country that are helping young people figure out where they want their lives to go and how to get there.

Read the full article at https://www.the74million.org/article/4-5-million-young-people-nationwide-are-not-working-or-in-school-how-cities-are-working-to-get-them-back-on-track-avoid-the-school-to-prison-pipeline/


Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood Toolkit

Pathways RTC has updated their Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood training toolkit with a 10-module self-directed study guide. The toolkit is designed for service providers working transition-age youth who have serious mental health challenges, and aims to give providers an increased awareness of young people’s needs, and the skills they need to engage effectively with youth and families, and across other agencies and systems in which they are involved. The self-study format allows providers to learn at their own pace, reflect on what they are learning, and easily share content and questions with their peers.

Download the free training modules and self-study guide at


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