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Let's face it, young people are often overlooked. I guess adults don't remember that it's frustrating to be ignored. Young people have some really brilliant ideas, but if no one pays attention, there's no way for them to be heard. That's why adults need to let young people be more involved and have a greater say in how things work.

- Zach, ACT Youth Network

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Featured Resources
This webinar, presented for ACT for Youth by New York State's Office of Children and Family Services, provides an introduction to the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The presenter reviews who is most at risk, types of child sex trafficking, and red flags, and introduces a trauma-informed response.
Attached to digital devices, young people are immersed in a stream of stimulation and distraction. How can we engage them in learning and meaningful activities when we cannot keep their attention? This presentation explores what research has to say about our ability to pay attention, and how youth work professionals can help young people focus.
Resources in this section of the toolkit focus on key aspects of program planning and quality: how young people learn, making your program trauma-informed and inclusive, and recruiting and retaining participants. It also includes activities and strategies that you can incorporate into programming, as well as links to evidence-based programs that support adolescent development.
Authored by Jutta Dotterweich, this curriculum offers an orientation to the youth development approach for professionals entering the field of youth work.
On our youth site, young people are asked to consider different leadership styles, what it takes to be a leader, and the strengths they have to offer.
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