Children and Youth
Defending Childhood is an initiative started by Attorney General Eric Holder that strives to prevent children’s exposure to violence, mitigate the negative
impact of children’s exposure to violence when it does occur, and develop knowledge and spread awareness about children’s exposure to violence.
“Building Community: A Tool Kit for Youth and Adults in Charting Assets and Creating Change” (2006) was developed by the Innovation Center for Community and Youth
Development. This handbook provides practical information about creating youth-adult partnerships, mapping assets, creating community visions and plans, and
mobilizing local change.
Community, Youth and Parent Engagement
A resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth is a free information service for communities, organizations,
and individuals interested in developing new and effective strategies for supporting young people and their families.
National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development provides national leadership and contributes to the body of
knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations by providing training, technical assistance, and consultation, contributing to
knowledge through publications and research, and creating tools and resources to support health and mental health care providers and systems.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care collaborates with federal
agencies and other public and private entities to enhance the ability of the health care system to effectively deliver linguistically appropriate and culturally
competent health care to limited English-speaking populations.
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity aims to accelerate CDC’s health impact in the U.S population and to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable
populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other
populations identified as at-risk for health disparities.
The Adverse Childhood Experience Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life
health and well-being.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Crime and Safety Surveys Web site is a centralized online location for data and reports produced by NCES.
This site is organized by survey respondent, since surveys have been done from the perspectives of students, teachers, schools/principals, and school districts.
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education's NCES that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools,
public school districts, and state education agencies in the United States.
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education's NCES that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public
school districts, and state education agencies in the United States.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among
youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, and sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually
transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Violence Statistics website provides users with trends and patterns in youth violence through data on national and
state-specific trends in youth homicide rates.
The Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the
United States and throughout the world.
The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development was established to improve the quality of life for all children and youth by directly serving
vulnerable children and their families and influencing local, state, national and international programs and policy.
Kids Count, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and State-by-State effort to track the status of children in the United States.
Evidence-Based Interventions and Programs Resource List
NOTE: Some registries cover EBIs that work and EBIs that do not work. Please be sure to read all the information about the EBI before choosing it and be sure it the EBI
is evidence based with your target population.
SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of more than 260 interventions
Blueprints for Violence Prevention, a project of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado, identifies violence and drug
prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness. Blueprints serves as a resource for governments, foundations, businesses, and other
organizations trying to make informed judgments about their investments in violence and drug prevention programs.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based
prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The MPG database of over 200 evidence-based programs covers the
entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry.
What Works Clearinghouse is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, meant to serve as a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works
Federal Government Resources
The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Center) provides programmatic training and technical assistance (TA)
to Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) and Project LAUNCH grantees. They offer services to help grantees improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and
sustainability of their work.
Stopbullying.gov works with the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee, an interagency effort led by the Department of Education, to provide
information on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
FindYouthInfo provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement and participate in
effective programs for youth. FindYouthInfo can also help grantees access community resources and existing Federal grant programs.
The Compendium of National Juvenile Justice Data Sets is an online resource for researchers, intended as an aid to investigations of juvenile offending, victimization,
and contact with the juvenile justice system.
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was established to assist the field in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health
disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system.
The Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to
juvenile delinquency and victimization.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of
justice systems at all levels of government.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center provides resources, tools, webinars, news from the field,
and training and technical assistance (TTA) from all of OJJDP's many providers.
Mental Health Services
Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities is a consensus report updating a 1994 Institute of Medicine book,
“Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders”, focusing special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since that time.
University of Maryland’s Center for School Mental Health mission is to strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America's youth.
The University of California, Los Angeles Center for Mental Health in Schools Web site provides guidance about implementing mental health promotion and prevention programs in elementary
and middle schools.
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health serves as a national resource to help states, tribes, territories, and communities to reform their mental health
systems through innovative and collaborative solutions that improve the social emotional and behavioral well being of infants, children, adolescents and families.
School Safety, School Violence, and Other Education Statistics
Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action is a sourcebook that looks at the effectiveness of four types of violence prevention strategies:
parent- and family-based; home visitation; social-cognitive; and mentoring.
Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which takes a public health
approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.
Social and Emotional Learning
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young
children birth to age 5.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning aims to advance the science of social and emotional learning (SEL), expanding and integrating evidence-based SEL
practice and strengthen the field and impact of SEL.
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP’s) Collaborative for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is a national substance abuse prevention training
and technical assistance (T/TA) system dedicated to strengthening prevention systems and the nation’s behavioral health workforce.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a federal government research institute aiming to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Office of National Drug Control Policy is involved in efforts to renew emphasis on community-based prevention programs, early intervention programs in healthcare settings,
aligning criminal justice policies and public health systems to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding scientific research on drug use,
and, through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to substance abuse treatment.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program
The National Center for School Engagement generates resources on school attendance, attachment and achievement, and also provides training and technical assistance to school
districts, law enforcement agencies, courts, and state and federal agencies.
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network serves as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation
rate in America's schools.
Effective Responses: School-Based Probation Offices; What Works in Preventing School Violence provides an overview of the School-Based Probation Officers program.