Positive Youth Development is an approach to youth programming based on the understanding that all young people need support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. FYSB’s Positive Youth Development State and Local Collaboration Demonstration grants will continue to develop and support innovative youth development strategies.
Together with nine other Federal agencies, HHS also supports the First Lady’s Helping America’s Youth initiative, which focuses on the importance of connecting caring adults with youth in order to help youth make better choices that lead to healthier, more successful lives. The Community Guide to Helping America’s Youth helps communities build partnerships and assess their needs and resources. It also offers information about evidence-based youth program designs that could be replicated in their community. In the coming years, the Community Guide will continue to be enhanced so that it serves the needs of local youth-focused partnerships.
Representatives from several operating and staff divisions within HHS also participate with nine other Federal agencies and eight practitioner members on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Council’s primary functions are to coordinate Federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, Federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and Federal programs relating to missing and exploited children. The Council works to implement several of the recommendations from the 2003 report of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth. In the coming years, the Council will conduct an inventory of comprehensive community initiatives and will investigate how to support collaboration among Federal, State, and local partners, to determine how best to invest Federal resources to serve youth.
HHS will continue to participate in the Federal Government delegations that attend the meetings of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund. The Department also will promote programs and policies at international organizations to protect the interests and well-being of children and their families.
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