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Community Youth Development Journal
CYD Journal promotes youth and adults working together in partnership to create just, safe, and healthy communities by building leadership and influencing public policy. CYD Journal is published quarterly by the Institute for Just Communities (IJC) and the Institute for Sustainable Development, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. CYD Journal is produced in collaboration with the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) and The Forum for Youth Investment. CYD Journal is the leading publication for youth and community workers, educators, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and other practitioners committed to the development of young people and communities. Visit this Web site to view all past CYD issues, to subscribe, and more.
http://www.youthpolicy.org/research/journals/community-youth-development-journal/

UCLA Center Mental Health in Schools Program and Policy Analysis About Promoting Youth Development in Schools (2011)
The UCLA Center Mental Health in Schools Program and Policy Analysis has published “About Promoting Youth Development in Schools,” an information resource. Youth development principles, despite wide interest, are often still a marginal concern in school improvement policy and practice. This resource provides information for decision makers and planners about the fundamental importance of promoting youth development through enhancing student assets and improving settings and pairing it with an agenda to address factors interfering with such development. Available in pdf (102 KB, 16 pp).
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/yd.pdf

Youth Today: The Newspaper on Youth Work
Provides information on issues across a wide variety of topics, including youth development, juvenile justice, gang and violence prevention, adolescent health, teen pregnancy, sex and parenting, after-school programs and mentoring, job training and school-to-work, and best practices.
http://www.youthtoday.org/


Print Products

Abbott, N. (2001). On equal ground. The Exceptional Parent, 31, 58.
Provides a personal account of the empowerment experienced by youth with disabilities who are involved with leadership activities.

McLaughlin, M. (2001). Community counts. Educational Leadership, 58, 14-18.
Examines the outcomes associated with youth participation in community and extra- curricular activities. Findings suggests that youth participation in these activities leads to higher grades, greater academic and career aspirations, better self-worth and self-control, and improved sense of civic and community responsibility.

Toupence, R., & Townsend, C. (2000). TX. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED454028)
Findings from a study regarding the connection between youth camping experiences and leadership skill development.


Web Sites

4-H
Enables all youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals. 4-H provides organized clubs, school-enrichment groups, special interest groups, individual study programs, camps, school-age childcare programs, and instructional television programs.
http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/

American Youth Foundation
A national, not-for-profit youth development organization that inspires people to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world. AYF sponsors peer leadership and diversity programs in more than 40 public and private secondary schools and administers the national, "I Dare You Leadership Award."
http://www.ayf.com/

The Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERNET)
Provides many resource-related articles and research on youth development and leadership topics.
http://www.cyfernet.org/

Congressional Youth Leadership Council
Provides outstanding high school students nationwide an opportunity to study leadership, citizenship, and government in the nation’s capitol.
http://www.envisionexperience.com/about/our-history-of-experiential-learning/congressional-youth-leadership-council

Do Something
Do Something is a nationwide network of young people who know they can make a difference and take action to change the world around them. The organization helps youth get involved in their community by identifying issues they care about and by creating community projects to turn their ideas into action.
http://www.dosomething.org/

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of youth investment and involvement. It promotes a “big-picture” approach to planning, research, advocacy, and policy development among organizations that invest in children, youth, and families. The Forum is committed to building connections and tackling persistent challenges across the allied youth fields, and its Web site includes ideas, research, programs, policies, and resources.
http://www.forumforyouthinvestment.org/

The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC)
The NSLC supports the service-learning community in higher education, K-12 schools, and community-based and tribal programs, as well as others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies.
http://www.servicelearning.org

National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth)
NCLD-Youth is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The project is led by the next generation of young leaders with disabilities for the next generation of young leaders with disabilities—taking a positive development approach to working with the next generation of disability community leaders and developing materials to better prepare them for the transition to adulthood and leadership.
http://www.ncld-youth.info/index.php?id=01

National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC)
Every NYLC instructs, enriches, and offers support to promising students for a lifetime of leadership. The NYLC provides the opportunity to discuss current events and issues with top policymakers in Washington, D.C., analyze leadership concepts, and then put these concepts immediately to work. Features creative decision-making simulations that challenge young minds to creatively solve problems with their peers.
http://www.cylc.org/nylc/

National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
The National Youth Leadership Council’s mission is to build vital, just communities with young people through service-learning. As one of America’s most prominent advocates of service-learning and national service, NYLC is at the forefront of efforts to reform education and guide youth-oriented public policy. The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) sponsors the National Service Learning Conference, as well as the NYLC Teacher Institute to train new teachers on service learning. NYLN also provides strategic youth initiatives, training by and for young people and adults on service-learning, and provides publications on service learning. NYLC is a partner in the National Youth Service Day.
http://www.nylc.org/

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
Dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders by promoting leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth leaders with disabilities in all aspects of society at national, state, and local levels.
http://nyln.org/

Search Institute
Search Institute’s mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. The institute generates, synthesizes, and communicates new knowledge, convenes organizational and community leaders, and works with state and national organizations. At the heart of the institute’s work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which include positive experiences, relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. The Web site contains information on publications, training, research, and more.
http://www.search-institute.org/

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY)
UNITY has served the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth for 26 years . Today UNITY is a national organization with 220 youth councils operating in 34 states and Canada. These youth councils represent 16,500 Native American youth. Native American youth are making great strides in leadership development. They are doing so through youth councils. Youth councils are local groups of Native American youth ages 15-24 who come together for a common purpose. Through youth councils, youth learn leadership skills while helping others in their communities, tribes or villages.
http://www.unityinc.org/

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