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Child & Adolescent Development & Empowerment

These links pertain to child and adolescent development and empowerment, and how to apply this knowledge to programs, activities, and participants. 

 

Adolescents and Youth Culture Positive Youth Development
Child Development Youth Leadership and Governance
Personal Development and Life Skills  

 

Adolescents and Youth Culture

Boys & Girls Clubs
www.bgca.org
The goal of Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people, especially those in the most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. A Boys & Girls Club provides: a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity.

Caring People Alliance
www.caringpeoplealliance.org
Serving children and strengthening families has been Caring People Alliance's mission for over 75 years. We empower Philadelphia children and youth to become positive citizens, decision-makers and leaders by providing them, their families and their elders with high quality, community-based programs and services that promote character building, educational achievement, healthy lifestyles and teamwork.

Healthy Teen Network
www.healthyteennetwork.org
Healthy Teen Network is devoted to making a difference in the lives of teens and young families. We are a national organization focused on adolescent health and well-being with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

http://jjie.org

JJIE offers empirically supported information provided by professional journalists and engaged community members to help people better understand issues impacting youth in America - both singularly and as part of a larger child welfare, mental health and educational ecosystem. 

Map My Community
http://findyouthinfo.gov/maps/map-my-community 
Map My Community's interactive mapping tool allows you to locate federally supported youth programs in your community.

Search Institute
www.search-institute.org
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. 

StopBullying.gov
www.stopbullying.gov
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying iswhat cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

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Child Development

Board on Children, Youth, and Families (BCYF)

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BCYF/index.htm

BCYF is a non-governmental, scientific body within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that convenes top experts from multiple disciplines to analyze the best available evidence on critical issues facing children, youth, and families today.

 

Children’s Village
www.childrensvillagephila.org
Children's Village is a non-profit organization providing high-quality early childhood education to young children and educational enrichment to school-age children for families of all economic levels and diverse backgrounds.

Developmental Studies Center
www.devstu.org 
Developmental Studies Center (DSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children‘s academic, ethical, and social development.

Office of Specialized Instructional Services
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/s/oss
The Office of Specialized Instructional Services (OSIS) is committed to the educational, social, developmental, physical, and emotional well-being of all students within the School District of Philadelphia. They also offer services to address child behavioral health issues.

Please Touch Museum 
www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
Since 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children's Museum of Philadelphia. PTM's mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness.

PreSchool PLUS Early Learning Program
www.preschoolplus.org
PreSchool PLUS Early Learning Program is a quality, not-for-profit, licensed, Keystone Stars designated, early care and education program for children three months to five years old.

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Personal Development and Life Skills

Blueprints
www.blueprintsprograms.com
Blueprints is a project at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder. It identifies, recommends, and disseminates programs for youth that, based on scientific evaluations, have strong evidence of effectiveness. The goal of Blueprints is to reduce antisocial behavior and promote a healthy course of youth development.

The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
www.thebizctr.com/youth
The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise offers the Urban Youth Entrepreneurship Program which is an exciting, motivational program that encourages and prepares youth between the ages of 14-17 to start their own business. Youth learn basic characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, risks and rewards of running a business, life skills (including budgeting and investing), and the importance of a business plan and steps on how to write one.

Caring People Alliance
www.caringpeoplealliance.org
Serving children and strengthening families has been Caring People Alliance's mission for over 75 years. We empower Philadelphia children and youth to become positive citizens, decision-makers and leaders by providing them, their families and their elders with high quality, community-based programs and services that promote character building, educational achievement, healthy lifestyles and teamwork.

Complaints List: Character Education Resources
www.complaintslist.com
Complaints List seeks to channel the power of the Internet into a useful, accessible, consumer protection resource. Also, see their many useful character education resources.

Developmental Studies Center
www.devstu.org 
Developmental Studies Center (DSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children‘s academic, ethical, and social development.

Eatiquette
www.vetrifoundation.org
Eatiquette, the Vetri Method for school lunch, aims to transform a child's lunch from the traditional cafeteria assembly line to an environment where children gather around round tables, pass plates of food to one another, and experience social interaction and communication.

Office of Specialized Instructional Services
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/s/oss
The Office of Specialized Instructional Services (OSIS) is committed to the educational, social, developmental, physical, and emotional well-being of all students within the School District of Philadelphia. They also offer services to address child behavioral health issues.

Search Institute
www.search-institute.org
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

Simply Outrageous Youth
www.simplyoutrageousyouth.net
Simply Outrageous Youth utilizes an innovative and exciting method of teaching business, financial, and life skills. SOY teaches youth through fun, games, and role-playing and also offers a variety of programs that serve educators and children from ages 9 through 15.

Youth Development Insight Blog
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/extyouth/insight
In this blog, youth development educators offer their views on what is happening in the field of youth development, with an eye to evidence-based research, written by themselves and others in our field. Comments are welcomed.

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Positive Youth Development

America After 3 PM

http://afterschoolalliance.org

American After 3 PM spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. - the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. It highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs and measures public support for afterschool programs.

Blueprints
www.blueprintsprograms.com
Blueprints is a project at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder. It identifies, recommends, and disseminates programs for youth that, based on scientific evaluations, have strong evidence of effectiveness. The goal of Blueprints is to reduce antisocial behavior and promote a healthy course of youth development.

Caring People Alliance
www.caringpeoplealliance.org
Serving children and strengthening families has been Caring People Alliance's mission for over 75 years. We empower Philadelphia children and youth to become positive citizens, decision-makers and leaders by providing them, their families and their elders with high quality, community-based programs and services that promote character building, educational achievement, healthy lifestyles and teamwork.

Complaints List: Character Education Resources
www.complaintslist.com
Complaints List seeks to channel the power of the Internet into a useful, accessible, consumer protection resource. Also, see their many useful character education resources.

Developmental Studies Center
www.devstu.org 
Developmental Studies Center (DSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children‘s academic, ethical, and social development.

Healthy Teen Network
www.healthyteennetwork.org
Healthy Teen Network is devoted to making a difference in the lives of teens and young families. We are a national organization focused on adolescent health and well-being with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.

Hopeworks ‘N Camden
www.hopeworks.org
Hopeworks ‘N Camden uses education, technology, and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future.

Impact Services
www.impactservices.org
Impact operates in seven locations in Philadelphia where it provides a range of employment and training, supportive housing, and community and economic development services to over 17,000 needy Philadelphians each year. Impact also has many programs for youth development.

Journal of Youth Development
www.nae4ha.com/pd_jyd.htm
The Journal of Youth Development ~ Bridging Research and Practice focuses on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22), and features original research, best practices in youth development programming, innovative research and evaluation methods and strategies, and reviews of resources of interest to youth development researchers and practitioners.

Konopka Institute
www.konopka.umn.edu
The Konopka Institute is built on a foundation of research that articulates what has been demonstrated to be effective in healthy youth development.

Office of Specialized Instructional Services
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/s/oss
The Office of Specialized Instructional Services (OSIS) is committed to the educational, social, developmental, physical, and emotional well-being of all students within the School District of Philadelphia. They also offer services to address child behavioral health issues.

Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services
www.pccyfs.org
The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services is a statewide organization of private agencies. Their members are the service providers who provide the direct "hands-on" programs and supports needed to achieve and maintain permanency and safety for children and youth and stability for families.

Search Institute
www.search-institute.org
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

Spiral Q
www.spiralq.org
Spiral Q uses popular arts (parades, print, pageantry, puppets) to build an urban arts democracy rooted in principles of accessibility, inclusion, self-determination, collaboration, sustainability, and life long learning. Spiral Q works with reclaimed and recycled materials, teaches in schools and community organizations throughout the city, leads collaborative planning of giant public art projects, and supports creative community organizing.

The University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia
www.temple.edu/uccp
The UCCP prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders and collaborates with organizations to create cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth, thereby building stronger communities. Also, you can subscribe to UCCP's e-newsletter, Partners for Change.

Youth Action
http://youthactionteam.org
Founded by young alumni of the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 2003, Youth Action is a youth-led Philadelphia community development organization operated solely by high school and college students that works to empower young African Americans to become socially, economically, and civically aware.

Youth Development Insight Blog
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/extyouth/insight
In this blog, youth development educators offer their views on what is happening in the field of youth development, with an eye to evidence-based research, written by themselves and others in our field. Comments are welcomed.

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Youth Leadership and Governance

ASPIRA Association
www.aspira.org
The ASPIRA Association, a 501(C)(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth.

The Enterprise Center Leaders About Business (TEC-LAB)
http://theenterprisecenter.com/services/for-youth
TEC-LAB provides innovative programs that give youth a forum to explore entrepreneurship, develop leadership skills, and serve their communities as they create viable career options for the future. Programs include YES In-School Program, Summer Business and Leadership Camps, Executive Incubator After School Program, Leaders 4 Success, and Food, School, and Community.

The Food Trust
http://thefoodtrust.org
The Food Trust works with Department of Public Health to make the “healthy choice the easy choice” by increasing the access and affordability of healthy foods. The HYPE campaign (“Healthy You. Positive Energy.”) supports youth councils in approximately 100 middle and high schools, all working to get their schools HYPE by improving access to healthy foods, decreasing the availability of unhealthy foods, and increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Fresh Artists
www.freshartists.org
Fresh Artists supplies innovative art programs and art supplies to art teachers in severely under-resourced public schools, and engages the children being served as full philanthropic partners in the giving process.

Learn and Serve America 
www.learnandserve.org
Learn and Serve America supports service-learning programs in schools and community organizations.

National Youth Leadership Council 
www.nylc.org
For more than 20 years, the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has been a leader in the service-learning movement--linking youths, educators, and communities in redefining the role of young people from recipients of information and resources to valuable, contributing members of society.

Philadelphia Student Union
www.phillystudentunion.org
The Philadelphia Student Union exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system. PSU is a youth led organization that makes positive changes in the short term by learning how to organize to build power.

Philadelphia Youth Commission
www.phila.gov/youthcommission
The Philadelphia Youth Commission is a panel of young Philadelphians who review legislation and policies that affect youth and advise the Mayor and City Council on those issues. The Commission consists of 21 young people between the ages of 12 and 23. Each City Council member appoints one Youth Commissioner and the Mayor appoints four.

Simply Outrageous Youth
www.simplyoutrageousyouth.net
Simply Outrageous Youth utilizes an innovative and exciting method of teaching business, financial, and life skills. SOY teaches youth through fun, games, and role-playing and also offers a variety of programs that serve educators and children from ages 9 through 15.

Start A Snowball, Inc.

http://startasnowball.com

Start A Snowball, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to empowering kids to engage in philanthropy. It provides funding for individuals and groups (classrooms, youth groups, etc.) to use as "seed money" for community-benefiting projects, and lets kids tell their stories of service to provide inspiration for others.

Startup Corps
http://startupcorps.org
Startup Corps was created to provide curriculum, workshops, mentorship, and micro-capital for high school students in Philadelphia who wish to launch micro-ventures.

Student Leadership Consultant (SLC)
www.student-leadership.org
SLC's objective is to build a school-wide culture that fosters intrinsic motivation to achieve in all students, setting students up for success in high school, college, and beyond. To accomplish this goal, an SLC spends 30 hours per week at each partner school, working with school leadership, influential students, and teachers.

The University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia
http://uccollab.org
The UCCP prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders and collaborates with organizations to create cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth, thereby building stronger communities. Also, you can subscribe to UCCP's e-newsletter, Partners for Change.

Youth Action
http://youthactionteam.org
Founded by young alumni of the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 2003, Youth Action is a youth-led Philadelphia community development organization operated solely by high school and college students that works to empower young African Americans to become socially, economically, and civically aware.

Youth Giving

youthgiving.org

Youth Giving is a unique gathering place where young people and adults interested in grantmaking can explore stories of giving, learn from experts, and discover opportunities to raise their voices.

Youth Service America
www.ysa.org
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of opportunities for American youth, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.

 

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