RHY Resources

Youth Jobs Platform Uses Tech to Increase Employment

Between 2015 and 2017, young people participating in Boston’s SuccessLink summer employment program helped members of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative project develop a new app that improves youths’ access to job opportunities. The resulting open-source Youth Jobs Platform led to improved efficiency and outcomes—for example, doubling the number of completed applications, and increasing the number of youth hired by 20%. Urban Institute’s full report includes lessons learned about leveraging technology to improve youth services.


Five Ways You Can Help RHY Like Themselves More

This article from Greater Good Science Center discusses research on activities and practices that positively impact young people’s self-concept. RHY programs should consider adding opportunities for regular exercise, teaching young people self-compassion, creating a culture of learning, and identifying and leveraging unique character strengths rather than just assessing skills. The full article also describes the benefits of service learning, an element already common to many RHY programs.

Link: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_help_teens_feel_good_about_themselves


Increasing RHY Safety Online: A Guide from Love146

In order to help young people avoid sexual exploitation and abuse in the digital age, RHY providers need familiarity with the range of online spaces where youth (and predators) engage. Love146’s new guide describes the risks and uses of common apps and websites, red flags that young people may be in danger, and tips for discussing internet safety directly with youth. The online guide also includes links to a version written for teens, and research on the effects of pornography.


How to Know if RHY Are On-track for Positive Outcomes

A new report from The West Coast Convening Outcomes Workgroup offers practical guidance to RHY programs on selecting indicators of mid-term progress related to youths’ education, employment, housing, self-sufficiency and wellbeing. Aligned with frameworks from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and National Network for Youth, this guide is designed to help programs identify concrete steps that lead to longer-term success for young people experiencing homelessness. Adopting shared metrics like those proposed may also help RHY providers share data across agencies, and refine models of care using actual program results. Download the WCC Outcomes Framework.

Link: http://www.westcoastconvening.com/wcc-outcomes/ 


Ethical Considerations for RHY Storytelling

Released by the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership in September 2017, Navigating the Ethical Maze: Storytelling for Organizations Working with Vulnerable Populations explores the possible impacts of storytelling on young people who have experienced adversity and trauma. The short brief addresses re-traumatization, fear and expectations, ‘deep consent,’ and staff training that can help preserve the dignity and wellbeing of RHY who agree to share their stories.

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