What works in youth development

February 10, 2010 at 2:27 am 3 comments

A great new resource for youth development practitioners. From the website:

FindYouthInfo.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 12 Federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth in three significant ways:

1) Create and Support FindYouthInfo.gov

This federal Web site provide interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.

2) Identify and Disseminate Promising and Effective Strategies

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs identifies strategies, tools, and resources accessible through FindYouthInfo.gov that will help promote effective community-based efforts addressing youth risk and protective factors. Program Directory, a searchable database on FindYouthInfo.gov, provides visitors with information about such efforts, and communities can determine whether replicating these strategies will meet their needs.

3) Promote Enhanced Collaboration

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs identifies and engages key government, private, and nonprofit organizations that can play a role in improving the coordination and effectiveness of programs serving and appealing to youth. Entities include faith-based and other organizations, community coalitions and partnerships, businesses, volunteers, and other key constituencies. These partnerships and collaborations provide mechanisms to obtain feedback on how federal initiatives are translated at the local level; keep organizations informed about federal funding opportunities; and provide the IWGYP with communication mechanisms to reach regional, state, and local programs.

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