Youth Involvement Resources

Access information on identifying and engaging youth in leadership roles within systems of care, supporting youth involvement, links to youth involvement resources and websites, and answers to frequently asked questions about youth engagement.

  • Publications
    Research, reports, issue briefs, videos, and fact sheets on youth development and engagement.
  • Related Web Sites
    Access organizations, resource centers, and clearinghouses with additional resources related to youth engagement in systems of care.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Brief answers to questions often raised about youth culture, youth development, and youth involvement with system of care communities.
  • Presentations
    Presentation PowerPoints on the juvenile justice system, partnering with juvenile justice professionals, and mental health services for children in the juvenile justice system.

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FAQ: Defining, Supporting, and Sustaining the Peer Support Specialist Role(PDF)

Transition Policy Consortium, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (2013)

Shares information about Peer Support Specialist (PSS) programs based on a survey conducted with individuals working to implement these programs across the country. Topics include qualifications, training, duties, supervision, and funding for the PSS role.

TAYSF Transitional Providers Guide(PDF)

Transitional Age Youth San Francisco (2012)

Developed to support transition age-youth within the San Francisco area, this guide can serve as a reference for communities as they begin to develop their own comprehensive providers guide for supporting these youth.

Hotline: The Trevor Lifeline

The Trevor Project

Provides 24/7 counseling for LGBTQ youth who are suicidal, are in crisis, or need a safe place to talk. This website helps users access the lifeline, volunteer as a lifeline counselor or facilitator, or contribute as an Ask Trevor author, a role that involves responding to posts from youth about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Adolescent Mental Health Facts

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health

Provides State-level mental health fact sheets that include data on indicators such as positive social skills; depressive symptoms; and suicidal thoughts, attempts, and injuries.