Find tools and programs to reduce and prevent violence, make schools safer, and promote and increase access to mental health services for students in need.
- Models for Change: Information Sharing Toolkit: This resource helps school staff and jurisdictions improve their ability to share information, with the ultimate goal of strengthening support systems for at-risk youth.
- Positive School Discipline Course for School Leaders: This free, interactive, self-paced course helps school leaders develop a Framework for Comprehensive Positive School Discipline that they can use to address discipline challenges in their learning environments. The course can be taken individually or as a team.
- Three Bold Steps Toolkit: Capacity Framework: This toolkit can be used by schools or communities working on any of the Three Bold Steps in order to develop partnerships, implement evidence-based programs, and use data to guide implementation and sustainability of a program.
Community and Family Involvement
- Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action at Youth.gov – 2002: This sourcebook by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the effectiveness of four types of violence prevention strategies: parent- and family-based intervention, home visitation, social-cognitive techniques, and mentoring.
- Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: This center works to improve the health care system’s ability to deliver linguistically appropriate and culturally competent health care to limited English-speaking populations.
- Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at CDC: This office aims to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations.
Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice
- Adverse Childhood Experience Study at CDC: This study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics at the Department of Justice (DOJ): This bureau collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
- Compendium of National Juvenile Justice Data Sets at DOJ: This online resource is a research aid for studies on juvenile offending, victimization, and contact with the juvenile justice system.
- Defending Childhood at DOJ: This initiative, started by Attorney General Eric Holder, strives to prevent children’s exposure to violence, help children who are exposed to violence, and develop knowledge and spread awareness about children’s exposure to violence.
- Kids Count at the Annie E. Casey Foundation: This project is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States.
- National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: This organization was established to help develop improved policies and programs for youth with mental health issues who are in contact with the juvenile justice system.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: This federal research institute aims to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on substance use.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at DOJ: This office provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.
- School Violence: Data and Statistics at CDC: This website provides fact sheets and information on data sources that track trends and patterns in school violence.
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System at CDC: This survey monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.
Programs, Services, and Tools
- Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development at the University of Colorado Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence: This project identifies violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness.
- Center for Child and Human Development at Georgetown University: This program was established to improve the quality of life for all children and youth. It directly serves vulnerable children and their families and influences local, state, national, and international programs and policy.
- Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine: This program’s mission is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health.
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: This organization aims to advance the science of social and emotional learning (SEL) by expanding and integrating evidence-based SEL practice and strengthening the field and impact of SEL.
- National Training and Technical Assistance Center at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: This program provides resources, tools, webinars, news from the field, and training and technical assistance from the office’s many providers.
- Office of National Drug Control Policy at the Executive Office of the President: This office advises the president on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy.
- Youth.gov: This federal website provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth. Youth.gov can also help grantees access community resources and existing federal grant programs.