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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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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a student-centered approach that emphasizes building on students' strengths, developing skills through hands-on learning, giving young people voice in the learning process, and supporting youth through positive relationships. In this fully updated toolkit, we link to instructional practices and resources that youth work professionals can use to advance SEL.
Based on the work of Mahzarin Banaji and colleagues at Harvard University, this presentation introduces hidden biases and automatic thinking that can affect the way we work with youth and with each other. For links to resources referenced in the presentation, view the slides (PDF).
Youth work professionals want to connect with all young people, but sometimes our biases can make connection more challenging. Here we showcase tools, guides, and strategies for addressing our own and young people's biases and creating more inclusive environments.
In this PrACTice Matters brief, Shep Zeldin and colleagues discuss youth voice, youth-adult partnership (Y-AP), and youth organizing, and provide a practical checklist to aid planning for Y-AP.
This section of our youth site helps young people think through sexual decisions, providing information on abstinence, contraception, safer sex, and STDs/HIV.
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