The links below include access to resources that have proven to be helpful to youth workers and organizational leaders who work with young people every day or who are looking to develop their team. Also included are links specific to research around Youth Development & Engagement, Strengths Development, and Cultural Relevancy, in addition to links to other websites that have been found useful to creating life changing experiences.

Youth Development & Engagement

The Community Action Framework for Youth Development

This publication seeks to integrate basic knowledge about youth development and the community conditions that affect it with emerging hypotheses about what it will take to transform communities into places where all young people can achieve their fullest potential.

Great Transitions, Preparing Adolescents for a New Century

With Great transitions The Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development brings to a close its decade long effort. A key lesson from its experience is the importance of careful examination of the facts, nonpartisan analysis, broad dissemination with the involvement of key sectors, and sustained commitment over a period of years.

Preventing Problems, Promoting Development, Encouraging Engagement

This paper is based on work started in 1990 at the AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research and continued at the International Youth Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment (formerly IYF-US). It builds directly upon Pittman and Irby’s 1996 paper, Preventing Problems or Promoting Development. This updated version incorporates critical ideas about young people as participants and change makers — ideas that, in our minds, are the next, most powerful iterations of the youth development approach.

California Healthy Kids Survey

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. Get your results now.

Hope, Engagement, Well-Being National report

The Gallup Student Poll is a landmark new measure that will track the hope, engagement, and well-being of students across the United States over a 10 year period. Through a Web-based survey administered in America’s schools, cities and school districts are partnering with Gallup and America’s Promise Alliance to gather sound, actionable data that can explain and address the graduation crisis.

Strengths-Based Development

Gallup Strengths Center –Strengths Coach’s Playbook

A forum for Gallup experts and outside contributors to share tactics, insights and strategies to help maximize the talents of individuals, teams and organizations everywhere. This site features a weekly updated coaching blog, webcasts, and the most current information on Meetup events.

Gallup StrengthsQuest Resources

Gallup has created a resource center to support your efforts in building a strengths-based school or campus. The resources give you an overview of strengths-based development and StrengthsQuest. They also provide help in getting started with StrengthsQuest, suggested curriculum and activities, articles on how others are using StrengthsQuest, and research to support your efforts in creating a strengths-based culture.

Gallup Press

Bestselling books from the premier name in analytics and advice. The mission of Gallup Press is to educate and inform the people who govern, manage, teach, and lead the world’s 7 billion citizens. Each book meets Gallup’s requirements of integrity, trust, and independence and is based on Gallup-approved science and research. The impressive Gallup Press catalog consists of more than 30 books on topics such as leadership, strengths, education, jobs, and well-being.

Cultural Relevancy & Equity

The Practice of Culturally Relevant Education

This research synthesis by Brittany Aronson and Judson Laughter gives examples of research connecting Culturally Relevant Education to positive student outcomes across content areas.

The Green Insiders’ Club

This report examines why decades of promises to diversify are falling short in the mainstream environmental movement. It is the most comprehensive report on diversity in the environmental movement. Key report findings include “The Green Ceiling,” unconscious bias, discrimination & insular recruiting, and lackluster effort and disinterest in addressing diversity. Although focused on the mainstream environmental movement, this report is relevant to all providers serving young people in an outdoor capacity.

Penn State – Diversity Awareness

Information and publications to help our understanding of diversity awareness and foster open and positive communication channels. This database includes an overview of diversity awareness, resources, activities for youth and adults, discussion starters and presentations.

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