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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

Resources for Parents and Attorneys of Unaccompanied Children

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families operates a Parent Hotline for parents of unaccompanied children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Seven days per week from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET, the hotline is for parents seeking to locate their children in ORR care: 1-800-203-7001. See the ORR webpage for more information: http://1.usa.gov/1shZKci

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The U.S. Office Health and Human Services recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. For further information, social media announcements and banners, toolkits, and other resources you or your organization can use to raise awareness, please visit Healthfinder.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1shPCAb, CDC: http://1.usa.gov/X2ycOx and the National Public Health Information Coalition: http://bit.ly/1sdKdgY.

CDC Online Course for Violence Prevention

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Each year, more than 54,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical, lost productivity, and other costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.

To help prevent violence, the CDC has released a free online training course, Principles of Prevention. The training teaches the key concepts of primary prevention, public health approach, and social-ecological model, and offers CDC approved continuing education credits. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.

Principles of Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1xLqmni

Funding Opportunity

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Administration for Children and Families – Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for migrant and seasonal populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services to infants, toddlers, and their families.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: Oct. 6th, 2014

For more information go here: http://bit.ly/1pJadKS

Kids.gov is on Pinterest!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

While there are plenty of useful resources out there on the internet, sometimes locating all the helpful ones can be a tedious task. With the Kids.gov Pinterest boards, you know you are always getting safe, fun and useful government information on a wide variety of topics. Parents can use our boards to find informaiton online safety for their kids, homework help, fun and safe online activities and more. Teachers, find a variety of free lesson plans and classroom activities divided by subject matter, such as history, science and more. Find it all at http://bit.ly/1n7s909

With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

RAND Blog July 14, 2014

This blog post by Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Sociologist and Robert Bozick, Sociologist, offers insight on what may happen when the school year begins. http://bit.ly/1AbcZB1

Information on Immigration

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

From the American Psychological Association* (APA)

Psychologists Available to Discuss Immigration. Recent press release, July 11, 2014

As U.S. border crisis continues, experts can offer insight on mental health implications. http://bit.ly/1ry19wP

The APA is a good source  to find information on understanding the psychological needs of immigrants. This guide may be helpful, Psychology of Immigration 101. http://bit.ly/Uvglhc

Also view the 10 minute video: Undocumented Americans. In this video three undocumented youth who arrived as young children — Jong-Min, Pedro and Silvia — share their stories of how they are fighting hard to achieve their piece of the American dream.

*The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.

Live Out Loud- School Program for LGBTQ Youth

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community.

Live Out Loud’s School Program partners with schools across New York City to implement educational curriculum focused on LGBTQ issues, awareness, and action.

Students participate in activities, engage in discussion, and put their ideas into action as they make a difference in their community.

Live Out Loud also utilizes a vast team of volunteer role models to support LGBTQ youth in New York City schools.

To learn more: http://bit.ly/1lzp8pH

Perception of Weight Status in U.S. Children and Adolescents Aged 8–15 Years, 2005–2012

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

NCHS National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, Number 158, July 2014.

Key findings:

  • About 30% of children and adolescents aged 8–15 years in the United States misperceive their weight status. Weight status misperception is more common among boys (32.3%) than girls (28.0%).
  • About one-third of Mexican-American (34.0%) and non-Hispanic black (34.4%) children and adolescents misperceive their weight status compared with non-Hispanic white children and adolescents (27.7%).
  • Approximately 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls believe they are about the right weight.
  • Nearly 48% of obese boys and 36% of obese girls consider themselves to be about the right weight.

Sarafrazi N, Hughes JP, Borrud L, et al. Perception of weight status in U.S. children and adolescents aged 8–15 years, 2005–2012. NCHS data brief, no 158. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

To read the full report go t0: http://1.usa.gov/1rcSs93

Gender-based Violence in Higher Education

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Futures Without Violence, in collaboration with the Avon Foundation for Women has made a new resource available: Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence in Higher Education. Women make up the majority of the overall college populations, and continue to be at risk for gender-based violence.

The document provides guidance for developing policy and practice which supports a culture of respect and non-violence  on campuses and beyond. The guidelines are designed to help campus administrators implement policies that protect students from sexual abuse: http://bit.ly/1lwM60x.