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Parent Engagement & Positive Parenting Practices

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

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

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

Parent Engagement in Schools
Learn more about ways parents and school staff can work together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents.

Positive Parenting Practices
Information for parents and families about ways parents can help their adolescent make healthy choices.

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School Connectedness and Student Engagement

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

School Connectedness
The belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals—is an important protective factor.

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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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