- June 2012
- Vol. 13, No. 5
Solutions to Help Transitioning Youth
The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) hosts a one-stop-shop resource center for child welfare professionals and agencies working with transitioning youth. The Solutions Desk website provides practice models, reports, statistics and the latest research about transitioning youth, and a bevy of resources to enhance collaboration. Funded by the Children's Bureau, Solutions Desk is a service of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), a 12-agency consortium.
The Solutions Desk's Collaborative Models Library features materials used to develop a multipartner collaborative, including sample mission statements, collaboration plans, and implementation benchmarks; tools for youth and community assessment; resources for collaborative youth service-delivery systems; State and Federal grant applications; and more.
The Community of Practice section provides materials to enhance collaboration and information sharing. To bolster these efforts, the Solutions Desk hosts monthly Community of Practice calls where participants discuss and share strategies and other information to enhance service delivery.
Child welfare professionals looking for the latest information on issues involving transitioning youth can consult the Transitioning Youth section. Research is also available on court-involved youth, youth at risk of court involvement, Native American youth, youth with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, transgendered, and questioning youth population.
Strategies for building and sustaining partnerships, a list of relevant blogs and discussion forums on youth workforce connections, and a link to the National Association of Counsel for Children are available in the Resources section of the Solutions Desk.
The Solutions Desk is facilitated and coordinated by the National Resource Center for Youth Development, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau, and is available on the NRCYD website:
CBX featured the Solutions Desk after it launched in 2008. Read "The Shared Youth Vision: Collaboration at All Levels."