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General Youth Development

Academy for Educational Development
The Academy for Educational Development (AED) looks at youth in a different lens, rather than viewing young people as problems that need to be "fixed", AED sees them as assets -- resources -- that need access to opportunities to learn and mature as they become adults. AED has pioneered many approaches to working constructively with youth in our Center for Youth Development and Policy Research and the National Training Institute for Community Youth Work.

Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance was launched to raise awareness to the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. The purpose of the Alliance is to serve as a public resource on and voice for afterschool programs. The web-site includes policy information and program tools.

America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth
Led by General Colin Powell, America's Promise was organized in 1997 at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future. It seeks to reinforce the work of existing youth organizations by encouraging the use of the Five Promises as a common framework. Its goals are to help maximize results, create lasting partnerships, foster collaboration focused on a shared goal, and increase the resources dedicated to our young people.

Adolescent Directory On-Line
Adolescent Directory On-Line (ADOL) is an electronic guide to information on adolescent issues. It is a service of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University. Educators, counselors, parents, researchers, health practitioners, and teens can use ADOL to find Web resources for many topics of interest. ADOL is a collection of World-Wide-Web (WWW) documents that focus on the social and emotional growth and development needs of adolescents.

Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network
CYFERnet is a national network of Land Grant university faculty and county Extension educators working to support community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents, and families. CYFERnet brings together the best children, youth, and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country and makes them available electronically throuth the CYFERnet web site.

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment (formerly IYF-US) is a national initiative dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth involvement in the United States by promoting a "big picture" approach to planning and policy development. The Forum is designed to add value to existing efforts to improve youth outcomes by finding or creating tools, vehicles and opportunities for reaching across fields and systems to bring researchers, policy makers, practioners, media and philanthropists together to identify common messages and agendas.

The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
The Innovation Center helps youth workers and young leaders find, experience, create, and understand the newest and best thinking in the youth development field. The Center offers a variety of products and services, including technical assistance and training aimed at building the capacity of individuals and organizations to carry out positive community and youth development work at a local level.

Ms. Foundation

The New Girl's Movement: Implications for Youth Programs

The Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls/Healthy Women learned a lot about effective programs for girls by taking a "practice what you preach" approach to program development and evaluation. The Collaboration added some new evaluation tools to engage the participants themselves in designing and evaluating their programs. The report summarizes what it takes to develop programs that genuinely support girl's development into active, healthy, engaged members of their communities.

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
Supported by the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) is this federal agency's central resource on youth and family policy and practice. The NCFY website provides information on new youth- and family-related materials and initiatives and NCFY publications.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time, formerly known as the School-Age Child Care Project, at the Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, produces a wide array of research and technical assistance papers, assessment and training tools, and publications. NIOST provides research-based training for directors and staff, school administrators, community leaders, and others committed to providing high quality after school programs for children and youth.

National Mentoring Center
The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory's National Mentoring Center provides training and technical assistance to mentoring programs through a variety of services and conferences. Created and funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Mentoring Center aims to create connections between children and caring adults in the community. In collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sistes of America, Public/Private Ventures, and Information Technology International (ITI), the National Mentoring Center provides resources, training, and evaluation services to assist in the mentoring process.

National Mentoring Partnership
The National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide. Website is an excellent source for additional information about effective mentoring programs, standards and research.

National Network for Youth
The National Network for Youth is dedicated to ensuring that young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. The National Network informs public policy, educates the public and strengthens the field of youth work. In doing so, young people are championed, especially those who because of life circumstances, disadvantage, past abuse or community prejudice have less opportunity to become contributing members of their communities.

National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice provides technical assistance, staff training, research and evaluation, and library research on family-based programs and issues. These services are provided to the public and private human services agencies in states, counties, and communities across the United States.

National Resource Center for Youth Services
This site has information for the human-services professional through comprehensive on-site training and technical assistance. The NRCYS develops statewide programs for adolescents that promote positive youth development through participation and leadership opportunities.

National Youth Development Information Center
The National Youth Development Information Center, is a project of the National Assembly through its affinity group, and the National Collaboration for Youth. NYDIC provides practice-related information about youth development to national and local youth-serving organizations at low cost or no cost. NYDIC's website is an exceptional source of information about youth development and links to other national resources.

The Promising Practices Network
The Promising Practices Network highlights information on research-based programs and practices that are effective in helping children, families, and communities. The information included in the Network is organized around several result areas, or successful outcomes, associated with the well-being of children and families.

Public/Private Ventures
The Public/Private Ventures is an action-based research, public policy and program development organization. It has many resources and articles dealing with youth development as well as other issues that involve youth and adults. These are usually available to be downloaded as pdf files.

Reclaiming Youth International (Circle of Courage)
Reclaiming Youth International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and dissemination of proactive policies, training, research, programs, and strategies to better serve children and youth who are in conflict in family, school, and community. The Circle of Courage, as explained in Reclaiming Youth At Risk: Our Hope for the Future, serves as the philosophical foundation for RYI. RYI provides strength-based training designed to cultivate the potentials of all young people, and to employ restorative interventions with our most troubled and challenging youth.

Search Institute
Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. Search Institute conducts research and evaluation, develops publications and practical tools, and provides training and technical assistance. The Institute focuses on "Developmental Assets" of youth and has identified 40 such assets that are strongly correlated with positive youth development and the avoidance of risky or problem behaviors.

Youth Policy Action Center
The Youth Policy Action Center is a central hub to issue action alerts and post resources for youth and youth advocates. The Center's goal is to aid the youth movement by supporting organizations and individuals to promote youth involvement and empowerment.