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Health, Wellness, Safety & Nutrition

These links pertain to the mental and physical wellbeing of children and youth; and to identifying and addressing destructive behaviors and abuse. 

 

Indoor and Outdoor Environment Sexual Health and Relationships
Health, Fitness, and Nutirition Substance Abuse
Mandated Reporting Trauma, Abuse, and Neglect
Mental Health and Wellness Violence and Aggression
Program Safety  

 

Indoor and Outdoor Environment

Let the Children Play!

www.letthechildrenplay.net

An independent database of outdoor play and learning activities for young children.

Outward Bound
www.outwardbound.org
Outward Bound serves youth, teens, and adults with wilderness expeditions and other innovative programming in the America's most beautiful wilderness areas, in classrooms, city parks and in boardrooms. They have programs designed for specific groups, such as struggling youth, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and professional groups.

PA Keys
www.pakeys.org
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, sponsored by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development and Early Learning, is a quality improvement program in which all early learning programs and practitioners are encouraged and supported to improve child outcomes.

Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation 
The Commission on Parks and Recreation (PaRC) is eager to work with you to provide the very best ideas and recommendations to elected and appointed officials concerning the protection, preservation, and promotionof Philadelphia's historical, cultural, environmental, and recreational resources and programs.

Urban Blazers
www.urbanblazers.org
Urban Blazers serves young people from Philadelphia’s most under-resourced communities through programs consisting of experiential education that are typically delivered through outdoor activities that serve as hands-on learning environments.

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Health, Fitness, and Nutrition

For an extensive list of Sports and Fitness links, click HERE.

Access Sports
www.access-sports.net 
Access Sports provides sports tickets and sports clinics to social service agencies and schools serving underprivileged children and youth groups, and individuals with physical and/or mental health disabilities.

Action for Healthy Kids
www.actionforhealthykids.org 
Action for Healthy Kids provides volunteers in schools and school health leaders across the country with the resources they need toLearn, Act & Transform.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
www.healthiergeneration.org
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats—childhood obesity. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference in a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices, and communities.

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Weight Site
www.aap.org/obesity
The purpose of the American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Weight site is to bring awareness to the serious health problem of childhood overweight and obesity; empower pediatricians and families to take action in their homes, offices, and communities to prevent childhood obesity; and to support pediatricians, families, and community advocates in improving the health status of those children who are already overweight and obese.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
www.appliedsportpsych.org
Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) promotes the development of science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology. AASP is an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport, exercise, and health psychology.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
www.amchp.org
AMCHP is a national, nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to support state maternal and child health (MCH) programs and provide national leadership on issues affecting women and children.

At Peak Sports

http://atpeaksports.com/

At Peak Sports provides youth athletes, coaches and parents with sports-related instructional content and medically-backed, age-, gender-, and sport-specific strength and conditioning exercises that are proven to reduce youth sports injuries. Their mission is to bring the best of sports medicine and athletic training to every field and every home in the country.

Beat the Streets Wrestling
www.btsphilly.org
The Beat the Streets Wrestling Program of Philadelphia is committed to helping establish youth wrestling programs in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.

Best Colleges Nutrition Guide

www.bestcolleges.com/resources/student-nutrition

Best Colleges Nutrition Guide is a resource offered by Best Colleges. It goes beyond supplying students with cursory information about nutrition, and takes an in-depth look at why proper nutrition and a well-balanced diet are important to overall health.

Black Women in Sport Foundation
www.blackwomeninsport.org
BWSF utilizes a three pronged approach to academic instruction and sports education; After-school and Summer Programming, University Student Mentors, and Professional Athletic and Educational Support Program.

 

Boston Youth Sports Initiative
www.bostonbeyond.org
Boston Youth Sports Initiative (BYSI) promotes youth sports as a positive youth development and physical fitness approach through network building. The BYSI was created for the network of providers and supporters of youth sports all over the city.

BrainSTEPS Program
www.biapa.org
BrainSTEPS works to make sure that those who must provide educational support to children with brain injury have a good understanding that will help these students achieve optimal educational success.

Bridging the Gaps
www.med.upenn.edu/btg 
Bridging the Gaps (BTG) links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related services for underserved and economically disadvantaged populations.   

Cadence Cycling Foundation
www.cadencefoundation.org
The Cadence Cycling Foundation is a nonprofit youth development organization that uses the sport of cycling as a means to connect with underserved youth and help them grow into healthy, happy, and responsible adults.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
www.cdc.gov
The mission of the CDC is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Children’s HealthWatch
www.childrenshealthwatch.org
Children's HealthWatch monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on the health and well-being of very young children. For more than a decade, Children's HealthWatch has produced original, timely research and analysis linking nutrition, housing, energy, and other policy issues to children’s health and development.

Child's World America

http://childsworldamerica.org

CWA is a national, non-partisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting the appreciation of children in our society, and fostering a better understanding of the experience of childhood.

 

Citizenship Through Sports Alliance
www.sportsmanship.org
The Citizenship Through Sports Alliance is the largest coalition of professional and amateur athletics organizations in the United States, focused on character in sport. CTSA promotes fair play at all levels - youth leagues to professional sport - to reinforce the value of sport as a test of character.

CityMatCH
www.citymatch.org
CityMatCH is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments' maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States.The mission of CityMatCH is tostrengthen public health leaders and organizations to promote equity and improve the health of urban women, families, and communities.

Coach Youth Sports
www.coachyouthsports.com
CoachYouthSports.com offers coaching materials on: baseball, t-ball, softball, soccer, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, wrestling, and volleyball.

Covenant House Pennsylvania
www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-charity/pennsylvania
Covenant House Pennsylvania provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth, including Street Outreach programs, a 51-bed Crisis Center, transitional living programs, and a Community Service Center.

Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
www.esyhf.org
Snider Hockey is a cutting edge program that uses the sport of hockey coupled with a rigorous off-ice life skills curriculum and supplemental educational services to build character and academic skills for high-risk inner-city boys and girls from Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.

 

First Tee of Greater Philadelphia
www.thefirstteephiladelphia.org
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia provides youth with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Focused Fitness
www.focusedfitness.org
Focused Fitness administers the Five for Life Program, an articulate K-12 Health and Fitness program that links activity, exercise, health, fitness, fun, personal achievement and a general sense of well-being together to provide everyone with the opportunity for success.

Food Research and Action Center
http://frac.org/federal-foodnutrition-programs/afterschool-programs
FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. Their website provides useful resources pertaining to afterschool nutrition programs.

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.

Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund
http://franklinspaine.com
Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund works to strengthen communities and empower youth by advocating for skaters and skateboarding culture, educating youth and adults about the art of skateboarding and its benefits to neighborhoods and people, and building free, public skateparks that demonstrate innovative design, community engagement, and multi-faceted use.

 

GenMove
www.genmoveusa.com
GenMove gives every child the experience of athletic achievement and tools to lead a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their physical limitations, athletic abilities, or past experiences. 

Get Healthy Philly
www.gethealthyphilly.org
Get Healthy Philly is a public health initiative bringing together government, community-based organizations, academia, and the private sector.

Girls on the Run
www.girlsontherun.org
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. 

GO FAR (Go Out For A Run)
www.gofarclub.org
GO FAR is designed as a 10-week comprehensive fitness program initiated to help combat childhood obesity. It is a flexible program that can be offered in the classroom, during a summer camp, or as an after- school program.

Harvard School of Health Prevention Research Center
www.hsph.harvard.edu/prc/projects/out-of-school-time-research
The HPRC is part of a national network of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 1998, the HPRC has participated in drawing national attention to the need for replicable, effective strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity and prevent obesity using a social ecological perspective.

Health Promotion Council 
www.hpcpa.org/site/index.php
Health Promotion Council (HPC) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote health, prevent and manage chronic disease, especially among vulnerable populations through community-based outreach, education, and advocacy.

Healthy Children
www.healthychildren.org
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults through their Healthy Children website.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
www.healthykidshealthycommunities.org/
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) whose primary goal is to implement healthy eating and active living policy and environmental change initiatives that can support healthier communities for children and families across the United States.

Healthy Kids Out of School
www.healthykidshub.org
Healthy Kids Out of School is an initiative of ChildObesity180 in collaboration with Tufts University, through which universal nutrition and physical activity principles have been compiled from a broad list of evidence-based recommendations for combating childhood obesity.

Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition

http://niost.org/HOST-Site

This site, as a part of the National Institute of Out-of-School Time aims to foster health and well-being practices in after school programs nationwide by using science based standards for healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, and social supports for these behaviors. They offer several resources for healthy living in OST.

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.

Immunization Action Coalition
www.immunize.org/catg.d/noneng.htm
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation
www.ibxfoundation.org
Launched in October 2011, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private foundation whose mission is to transform health care through innovation in the communities it serves. The IBC Foundation and Independence Blue Cross are both committed to improving the health and wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania.

Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
www.educ.msu.edu/ysi
The mission of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is to provide leadership, scholarship, and outreach that “transforms” the face of youth sports in ways that maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects.

 

International Student Athlete Academy 
http://isaasports.com
ISAA seeks to provide area middle & high school student-athletes, grades 6th through 12th with educational enrichment, athletic development, and personal growth skills.

 

Journal of Adolescent Health

www.jahonline.org

A multidisciplinary scientific Journal, which seeks to publish new research findings in the field of Adolescent Medicine and Health ranging from the basic biological and behavioral sciences to public health and policy.

 

KaBOOM!
http://kaboom.org
KaBOOM! constructs innovative kid-inspired playspaces, shares knowledge and tools, and works to build a national movement to save play.

KidsHealth
www.kidshealth.org
KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

Kids' Sport Psychology
www.kidssportspsychology.com
Kids Sports Psychology provides sports parents, coaches, and educators with the cutting edge programs for enhancing parenting and youth coaching skills to boost kids' mental game toughness and success in sports.

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. One of the unique ways they provide this help is through our award-winning online community. Their community is the largest online support community for families raising children with food allergies, and it's free.

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
www.legacyyte.org
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education seeks to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.

Let's Move in School
www.letsmoveinschool.org 
Let’s Move! is a collaborative initiative to boost physical activity in our nation’s schools.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
www.wish.org
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

The Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Program
www.midatlanticyouthanglers.com
The Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers & Outdoors Program is an initiative of the National Junior Anglers Program with a focus on developing youth fishing & outdoor clubs in schools, youth organizations and colleges, and developing student teams for participation and success in scholarship-awarding, state, regional and national bass fishing & archery tournaments.

The National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center
http://nahic.ucsf.edu
The National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center at the University of California, San Francisco, serves as a national resource for adolescent health information and research.

National Alliance for Youth Sports
www.nays.org
The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is America's leading advocate for positive and safe sports and activities for children.

 

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
www.ncppa.org 
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.


National Council of Youth Sports
www.ncys.org
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) has represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. NCYS advocates healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhoods and communities. 

National Nursing Centers Consortium
www.nncc.us
The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) supports nurse-led care and nurses at the front lines of care. Because of their education and their community connections, advanced practice nurses today are able to deliver high quality and cost-effective services to our most vulnerable populations, the poor and the uninsured. Our member health clinics, run by nurse practitioners, demonstrate this by providing community-based care that is sensitive to patient needs and concerns.

National Organizations for Youth Safety
www.noys.org
NOYS is a collaboration of over 70 national, youth-serving organizations, including non-profit organizations, business and industry leaders, and government agencies, with the common goal of promoting safe and healthy behaviors among our nation's youth. The coalition meets in a round table forum approximately 2-3 times per year.

National Youth Sports
www.nysonline.org
National Youth Sports is a franchised business that organizes and operates recreational youth sports leagues offering many popular youth sports such as baseball, t-ball, basketball, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, soccer and football for children ages 3 through 16.

Neighborhood Bike Works
www.neighborhoodbikeworks.org
Neighborhood Bike Works increases opportunities for urban youth in underserved neighborhoods in greater Philadelphia by offering educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities through bicycling; it also promotes cycling as a healthy, affordable, environment-friendly form of transportation.

Nemours Children's Health System
www.nemours.org 
Through family-centered care in children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children.

No Kid Hungry

http://hungerinourschools.org/

This site addresses the difficult statistics and facts about children that are starving in our country. It offers real solutions of what our schools can do to solve this problem and improve the lives of students all over the country.

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.

Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP)

http://osnap.org/

This website will help guide you through the process of improving out-of-school time program practices and policies related to healthy foods, drinks and physical activity. They offer assessments and training for your organization.

Outward Bound
www.outwardbound.org
Outward Bound serves youth, teens, and adults with wilderness expeditions and other innovative programming in the America's most beautiful wilderness areas, in classrooms, city parks and in boardrooms. They have programs designed for specific groups, such as struggling youth, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and professional groups.

Path Forward Foundation
www.pathforwardfoundation.org
Path Forward Foundation is a registered 501(c)3, non-profit grassroots collaborative that is goal oriented to leveraging resources and services to address the identified health and wellness needs of communities throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Specific identified areas addressed by Path Forward Foundation include: bullying prevention/ harassment and intimidation; physical wellness and the dangers of poor nutrition and obesity; and oral health care.

Pennsylvania Medical Home Initiative
www.pamedicalhome.org
Pennsylvania Medical Home Initiative is an approach to health care that emphasizes the partnership between pediatric clinicians and families, providing care for children and youth with special health care needs.

Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance
www.pada.org
Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA) offers a variety of opportunities for people of all lifestyles and demographics to play Ultimate. Their Youth Outreach (YO) Program brings Ultimate to lesser privileged children in Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia City Rowing
www.philadelphiacityrowing.org
Philadelphia City Rowing seeks to empower local public school students through the sport of rowing.

Philadelphia Department of Public Health
www.phila.gov/health
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health provides resources, information, and advice particular to the Philadelphia community about how to stay healthy. The Office of the Health Commissioner sets policy and provides leadership for the Department of Public Health.

Philadelphia Office of Health and Opportunity
www.phila.gov/health/Commissioner
The Office of the Health Commissioner sets policy and provides leadership for the Department of Public Health.

Philadelphia Police Athletic League
www.phillypal.com
Philadelphia PAL, a registered 501(c)(3), is comprised of 26 centers across Philadelphia serving thousands of youngsters both male and female. Each center is supervised by Philadelphia Police Officers who are assigned full-time to direct activities and oversee the young people. Programs include sport, educational, and cultural opportunities. 

Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA)
www.puffa.net
PUFFA Youth Wellness Advocates are high school students from across Philadelphia who are interested in seeing healthier food in their schools and communities and more safe places for fitness activities and play in their communities.

Philadelphia Youth Organization
www.philadelphiayouth.org
Philadelphia Youth Organization is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit based at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Fitzwater Streets. PYO programs include instructional baseball and soccer leagues; high-level travel baseball and soccer teams; and programs for prospective college students.

 

Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative
www.pysc.org
The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) augments the impact of Philadelphia’s extraordinary collection of independent, non-profit organizations that use sports to benefit local children and youth, particularly those from under-resourced environments.

 

Play Like a Champion

http://playlikeachampion.nd.edu

A program out of the University of Notre Dame, Play Like a Champion works with coaches, parents, and administrators around the country to develop ethically responsible sports leaders and to promote character development through sports. They offer on-site clinics and workshops, online courses, and an annual Summer Leadership Conference at Notre Dame.

Playworks
www.playworks.org
Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day.


Pop-Up Play

www.popupplay.net

Pop-up Play offers play experiences for young people K-16 where they can experience, create, and lead. This organization can customize their learning experience for specific groups and design something that works best for your youth population. They are passionate about the idea that people of ALL ages learn best through playful experiences and hands on practice.

Pop Warner Little Scholars
www.popwarner.com
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world.

 

Positive Coaching Alliance
www.positivecoach.org
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit with the mission to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
www.fitness.gov
The President’s Council engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The President’s Council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals, and educators who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Public Health Management Corporation
www.phmc.org
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. It fulfills its mission to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services. Also, PHMC publishes an online newsletter called Public Health Directions.

Public Health
http://publichealth.org/resources/nutrition/
Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and even mental illness can be helped and sometimes even resolved by changing what we eat. Nutrition plays a key role in nearly every public health concern in the United States and abroad. If you are a public health professional, these free online resources can serve as useful tools for your trade.

Shaping America’s Youth 
www.shapingamericasyouth.org
Shaping America’s Youth (SAY) is a national cross-sector initiative to promote childhood and adolescent physical activity, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyles.

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
http://smithplayground.org
Smith strives to be Philadelphia’s foremost resource for play by providing opportunities for unstructured creative play for children 10 and younger.

 

SquashSmarts
www.squashsmarts.org
SquashSmarts combines the sport of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring for under-served, urban youth in order to develop academic and athletic achievement.

 

Starfinder
http://starfinderfoundation.org
Starfinder's soccer, educational, and personal development programs inspire young people from underserved communities to achieve success both on and off the field.

 

Students Run Philly Style
www.studentsrunphilly.org
Students Run Philly Style transforms students’ lives through running and mentorship. They pair volunteer running leaders with teams of students to inspire them to push themselves further than they ever imagined.

To Our Children's Future With Health.
www.tocfwh.org
To Our Children’s Future With Health (TOCFWH) is a community based non-profit agency serving over 1500 youth, adults, and families in West and North Philadelphia and Harlem, New York since 1992.

Triple Threat Foundation
www.triplethreatphilly.com
Triple Threat Foundation is committed to serving youth in and around the Philadelphia area in education, basketball/athletics, and life.

 

The Ultimate Sports Parent
youthsportspsychology.com
The Ultimate Sports Parent website provides sports parents and coaches practical advice and tips on how to improve young athletes’ confidence, success and happiness in sports with simple sports psychology strategies.

United States Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health
www.hhs.gov/ash/oah
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. OAH also has many resources related to healthy relationships.

Up2Us
www.up2us.org
Up2Us supports youth development programs that use sports to improve the lives of kids across the country.

We Can!
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/index.htm 
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

Women’s Sports Foundation
www.womenssportsfoundation.org 
Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

 

Work to Ride
www.worktoride.net
Work to Ride (WTR) is a community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth though constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports, and education.

Y-Coach
www.y-coach.com
Y-Coach provides a database of coaching information geared towards young athletes.

YMCA
https://philaymca.org
The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA offers a wide range of sports programs and camps for children and teens. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, a variety of group exercise classes, wellness orientations, and free babysitting services.

Youth Fitness Coalition
www.coordinatedfitnesssystems.com/yfc_page/hjsyfc.html
Youth Fitness Coalition's Project ACES program (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) underscores the need for daily, quality physical education in our schools.

Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP)
http://youthmp.org
Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP) programs help youth master goal setting skills, build mental toughness, and forge character through intense physical fitness and sports.

Youth Sports Club
www.youthsportsclub.com
Youth Sports Club strives to provide youth sports' parents and coaches the very best instructional tools and equipment on the market.

Youth Sports Research Council
www.youthsports.rutgers.edu
The Youth Sports Research Council develops, synthesizes, and disseminates scientific research about the influence of physical activity and organized sports on the healthy development of children and adolescents.

 

Youth Sports Safety Alliance
www.youthsportssafetyalliance.org
The Youth Sports Safety Alliance works to raise awareness, advance legislation, and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. The YSSA was spearheaded by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and now includes more than 70 member organizations.

 

Zhang Sah
www.zhangsah.org
Zhang Sah provides innovative programming that combines education, positive youth development, martial arts, and fitness to help individuals become both physically and mentally progressive and to perfect their character.

 

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Mandated Reporting

Child Welfare Information Gateway
www.childwelfare.gov/responding/mandated.cfm
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

National Conference of State Legislatures
www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/child-abuse-and-neglect-reporting-statutes.aspx
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a bipartisan organization providing state support, ideas, connections, and a strong voice on Capitol Hill. Their website houses the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting State Statute Overview, which is a comprehensive compilation of a series of statutory reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

www.pa-fsa.org

The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance teaches citizens to recognize and report child abuse and neglect by providing information, educational materials, and programs that promote positive parenting.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
www.rainn.org/public-policy/laws-in-your-state
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. Through various efforts, RAINN educates more than 120 million Americans each year about sexual assault, and provides current information on Mandatory Reporting for each state.

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Mental Health and Wellness

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 Bridge
www.thebridgephiladelphia.org
The Bridge is a nonprofit behavioral health treatment and youth opportunity program for adolescents and their families seeking to overcome substance abuse, mental health issues, truancy and other challenges.

The Center for Grieving Children
http://grievingchildren.org
The Center for Grieving Children is a safe and caring place where young people and their families who are grieving a death can find help to grow through the healing process.

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu
Center for Mental Health in Schools aims to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science 
www.chop.edu/service/behavioral-health-center
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers specialized programs and services for treating children who are experiencing psychiatric conditions, and behavioral or emotional difficulties.

Children’s Mental Health Network

www.cmhnetwork.org

CMHN is a national network bringing together the voices of children’s mental health. It offers resources, current news stories, and the opportunity to take action to make a difference.

Child's World America

http://childsworldamerica.org

CWA is a national, non-partisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting the appreciation of children in our society, and fostering a better understanding of the experience of childhood.

Conversation Zone

http://conversation.zone

Conversation Zone creates effective programs that are designed to significantly increase awareness of the effects of alcohol and other drug use. They are a collaboration of community leaders, students, school district representatives, and families who believe that having meaningful, inclusive conversations will support all young people in efforts to develop healthy coping skills and access support wherever there is a need.

Northern Children’s Services
www.northernchildren.org
Northern Children’s Services seeks to build the self-confidence and resiliency of at-risk children and their families. They accomplish this by providing a full spectrum of behavioral health and child welfare services to children throughout the region.

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.

Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
http://dbhids.org
DBHIDS provides services through a network of agencies while collaborating with the Philadelphia School District, child welfare and judicial systems, and other stakeholders.

Philadelphia Department of Human Services
www.phila.gov/dhs
The Department of Human Services's mission is to to provide and promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Philly S.O.S.

www.phillysos.org

Philadelphia's most comprehensive and up-to-date online resource for social services brought to you by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.

Turning Point CT

http://turningpointct.org/

Turning Point offers online support through forums to youth struggling with mental health issues. It also offers questions and answers, stories of other youth, and a resource page to find treatment or community supports.

United States Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health
www.hhs.gov/ash/oah
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. OAH also has many resources related to healthy relationships.

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Program Safety

After the Injury
www.aftertheinjury.org
After the Injury is a website created by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help parents understand their children's reactions to injury and learn what they can do to help him or her respond in healthy ways.

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org 
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.

The Children's Safety Network (CSN)
www.childrenssafetynetwork.org
The Children's Safety Network (CSN) is a national resource center for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence. We offer expertise on a wide range of injury topics to State and Territorial Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) programs.

Department of Public Welfare
www.dpw.state.pa.us 
The mission of DPW is to promote, improve and sustain the quality of family life; break the cycle of dependency; promote respect for employees; protect and serve Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens; and manage our resources effectively.

Drexel University’s Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence
http://goodwin.drexel.edu/cposav/about.php
The mission of Drexel University's Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence is to create public awareness around the need for youth-focused, evidence-based efforts aimed at preventing youth violence from occurring in environments where youth grow, learn, and recreate.

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. One of the unique ways they provide this help is through our award-winning online community. Their community is the largest online support community for families raising children with food allergies, and it's free.

National Organizations for Youth Safety
www.noys.org
NOYS is a collaboration of over 70 national, youth-serving organizations, including non-profit organizations, business and industry leaders, and government agencies, with the common goal of promoting safe and healthy behaviors among our nation's youth. The coalition meets in a round table forum approximately 2-3 times per year.

NetSmartz Workshop
www.netsmartz.org
NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.

PaKeys
www.pakeys.org
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, sponsored by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development and Early Learning, is a quality improvement program in which all early learning programs and practitioners are encouraged and supported to improve child outcomes.

Philly 3-1-1
www.phila.gov/311
Philly311 will help eliminate the need to sort through the 500 phone numbers and hotlines available to contact the City government. A call to 3-1-1 customer service will connect you to the information and services you need.

Safe Start Initiative
www.safestartcenter.org
The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence.

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Sexual Health and Relationships

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.

Mazzoni Center
www.mazzonicenter.org
Mazzoni Center provides medical care, mental health counseling, and a full range of HIV/AIDS testing & social services to the Philadelphia-area’s sexual minority and HIV-affected communities.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

http://thenationalcampaign.org/

The National Campaign is dedicated to ensuring that children are born in to stable and committed two-parent households. Its database contains research reports, publications on effective programming, fact sheets, videos, podcasts, PowerPoints, and other materials.

United States Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health
www.hhs.gov/ash/oah
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. OAH also has many resources related to healthy relationships.

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Substance Abuse

Addiction Center

www.addictioncenter.com

Addiction Center is an online educational resource on various chemical dependencies, symptoms, treatment and recovery options for individuals seeking help on their road to recovery.

The Bridge
www.thebridgephiladelphia.org
The Bridge is a nonprofit behavioral health treatment and youth opportunity program for adolescents and their families seeking to overcome substance abuse, mental health issues, truancy and other challenges.

Coalition Against Drug Abuse

http://drugabuse.com/

This website is designed as a resource to help anyone understand the short-term and long-term impact of drug abuse, and provides references to additional information and support.

DrugRehab.com

www.drugrehab.com

The mission of DrugRehab.com is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

National Organizations for Youth Safety
www.noys.org
NOYS is a collaboration of over 70 national, youth-serving organizations, including non-profit organizations, business and industry leaders, and government agencies, with the common goal of promoting safe and healthy behaviors among our nation's youth. The coalition meets in a round table forum approximately 2-3 times per year.

Philadelphia Anti-Drug & Anti-Violence Network
www.paannetwork.org
The mission of PAAN is to promote community safety through services that reduce drug abuse and violence as well as to help at-risk youth develop positive alternatives that will return them to the mainstream of society.

Philadelphia Department of Human Services
www.phila.gov/dhs
The Department of Human Services's mission is to to provide and promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Recovery.org
www.recovery.org
Recovery.org serves as a resource for those seeking information about local drug, alcohol, and other addiction treatment programs nationwide.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency

www.samhsa.gov

SAMHSA hosts various national substance abuse awareness campaigns throughout the year and produces publications about engaging conversations about these topics.

United States Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health
www.hhs.gov/ash/oah
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. OAH also has many resources related to healthy relationships.

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Trauma, Abuse, and Neglect

After the Injury
www.aftertheinjury.org
After the Injury is a website created by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help parents understand their children's reactions to injury and learn what they can do to help him or her respond in healthy ways.

The Center for Grieving Children
http://grievingchildren.org
The Center for Grieving Children is a safe and caring place where young people and their families who are grieving a death can find help to grow through the healing process.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
www.casaforchildren.org
Court Appointed Special Advocates speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the family courts. CASA does this by promoting and supporting quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home. They have nearly 1,000 programs nationally, including one in Delaware County, PA.

Covenant House Pennsylvania
www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-charity/pennsylvania
Covenant House Pennsylvania provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth, including Street Outreach programs, a 51-bed Crisis Center, transitional living programs, and a Community Service Center.

Juvenile Justice Center
www.juvenilejustice.org
The Juvenile Justice Center aims to enable healthy emotional and physical growth of children involved with the child welfare system, leading to the child's return to the biological family, adoption or adult self-sufficiency, and responsibility.

Multiplying Connections
www.multiplyingconnections.org
Multiplying Connections is a Philadelphia collaborative whose mission is to build and sustain a trauma-informed system of services for young children and their families.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
www.nctsnet.org
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

Northern Children’s Services
www.northernchildren.org
Northern Children’s Services seeks to build the self-confidence and resiliency of at-risk children and their families. They accomplish this by providing a full spectrum of behavioral health and child welfare services to children throughout the region.

Philadelphia Children’s Alliance
http://paphiladelphia.nationalchildrensalliance.org/pca-homepage
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, an independent non-profit organization, promotes healing and justice for child sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia by conducting state of the art forensic interviews, providing victim support services, collaborating with other agencies and leading the development of an integrated response.

Philadelphia Department of Human Services
www.phila.gov/dhs
The Department of Human Services's mission is to to provide and promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Prevent Child Abuse Now
www.preventchildabusepa.org
Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania seeks to work in collaboration with a rich array of local and statewide efforts to develop an approach to child abuse prevention that is locally based and statewide in coverage.

Youth Emergency Service (YES)
http://ysiphilly.org/programs/youth-emergency-service
Youth Emergency Service (YES) is a shelter in the Philadelphia area offering immediate housing to homeless and runaway youth. Each year, YES provides a safe and supportive environment, on-site medical treatment, counseling, educational enrichment, and recreational opportunities to more than 400 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18.

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Violence and Aggression

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 Children's Safety Network (CSN)
www.childrenssafetynetwork.org
The Children's Safety Network (CSN) is a national resource center for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence. We offer expertise on a wide range of injury topics to State and Territorial Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) programs.

Cyberbullying: The New Online Crime
www.grabellaw.com/cyberbullying-the-new-online-crime.html
This site offers extensive information about and documents pertaining to cyberbullying: its causes, its various forms, and its consequences.

Drexel University’s Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence
http://goodwin.drexel.edu/cposav/about.php
The mission of Drexel University's Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence is to create public awareness around the need for youth-focused, evidence-based efforts aimed at preventing youth violence from occurring in environments where youth grow, learn, and recreate.

HEALING
www.healing-pkl.org
Healing is an agency that is designed to service the community with programs that will prevent various types of dangerous or fatal incidents that occur with our youth and young adults. Services are provided through presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, rap sessions, conflict resolution training, and life skills through drama classes.

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 such as its Youth Violence Reduction Program.

National Organizations for Youth Safety
www.noys.org
NOYS is a collaboration of over 70 national, youth-serving organizations, including non-profit organizations, business and industry leaders, and government agencies, with the common goal of promoting safe and healthy behaviors among our nation's youth. The coalition meets in a round table forum approximately 2-3 times per year.

The Ophelia Project

www.opheliaproject.org

This Pennsylvania-based nonprofit focused on empowering community members to recognize and address relational aggression through systemic change in the social culture. The Ophelia Project is no longer in operation, however contact information for former volunteers and curricula resources are still available on the website.

Philadelphia Anti-Drug & Anti-Violence Network
www.paannetwork.org
The mission of PAAN is to promote community safety through services that reduce drug abuse and violence as well as to help at-risk youth develop positive alternatives that will return them to the mainstream of society.

Philadelphia Department of Human Services
www.phila.gov/dhs
The Department of Human Services's mission is to to provide and promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Safe Start Initiative
www.safestartcenter.org
The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence.

 

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