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General Resources

National Adolescent Health Information Center

Find Youth
Site created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, with representatives from 12 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth

Data and Surveillance

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

Cognitive Development

The Teenage Brain: A Work in Progress [pdf 320K]
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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Audience Insights: Communicating to Teens (Aged 12-17) [pdf 7.6M]
Health communication and marketing brief designed to help programs communicate more effectively with their teen audiences

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Health Care

Promoting Adolescent Health
American Medical Association

Quality of Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook
Commonwealth Fund

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Other Federal Agencies and Programs

Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education

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Parenting and Family Environment

Fatherhood E-Learning Module
Online, e-Learning course providing an overview of key insights and data on the unique roles fathers play in the well-being of their children

Monitoring Your Teen’s Activities: What Parents and Families Should Know [pdf 320K]
Fact sheet for parents and families on how parents can effectively monitor teens' activities and behavior

Family Environment and Adolescent Well-Being: Exposure to Positive and Negative Family Influences [pdf 780K]
Child Trends and the National Adolescent Health Information Center

Parents Matter!
Evidence-based prevention program for parents of pre-teens to enhance protective parenting and promote parent-child discussions about sexuality and sexual risk reduction

Reducing the Risk: Connections that Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth
Paper that outlines how environment and setting influence how adolescents feel about themselves and the decisions they make about health and risk behaviors, based on analysis of National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health data

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Website provides interactive, web-based information, resources, and support networks for parents and teens

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A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health

State School Health Policies Database
National Association of State Boards of Education

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Public Health Programs

Improving the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults: A Guide for States and Communities [pdf 15.2M] order publication [Order]
National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health

System Capacity for Adolescent Health: Public Health Improvement Tool
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators

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School Connectedness and Student Engagement

School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth [pdf 1.7M]
order publication [Order]

Fact Sheets on Fostering School Connectedness order publication [Order]

Enhancing Student Connectedness to Schools [pdf 152K]
Center for School Mental Health Analysis and Action, University of Maryland

Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students' Motivation to Learn
The National Academies' Board on Children, Youth, and Families

School Connectedness: Improving Students' Lives [pdf 4M]
The National Academies' Board on Children, Youth, and Families

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Youth Development

Building Partnerships for Youth Program Assessment Tool
Tool from the National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona to help programs assess their capacity to address the 21 elements of youth development

Community Collaboration Tool
Tool from the National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona that describes how community, families, and schools can be strengthened through youth development programs offered outside school hours

Community Programs to Promote Youth Development
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, Board on Children, Youth, and Families

Improving Public Health Through Youth Development
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, November 2006 Supplement

Positive Youth Development
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, Administration for Children and Families

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