The NTTAC Youth & Young Adult Transformation Team brings 5 Things to know and resources about youth engagement in mental health in the time of COVID-19. Topics include engaging youth in virtual spaces, adapting in-person and virtual practices, and engaging in self-care.
Positive Youth Development
(One-page tip sheet with resources to help young adults with strategically sharing their stories of lived experience to promote systemic change.)
Strategic Sharing es una forma de compartir tu historia de manera segura y efectiva para lograr un objetivo. Los adultos que actúan como apoyo, los coordinadores de jóvenes, los jóvenes pares y otros profesionales que trabajan con jóvenes y grupos de jóvenes pueden intercambiar recursos de intercambio estratégico y apoyar a los jóvenes para que pongan en práctica las destrezas recientemente adquiridas.”
Strategic sharing is a great way for young adults to share their stories in a competent and meaningful way that can lead to system change. This can be trickier than it sounds! Use this guide for tips and tricks so the personal stories in your community can be shared in a way that is safe and effective. By working through the documents linked in this tip sheet, young adults will gain the skills and knowledge not only to share their own stories, but to empower others to do the same, as well as learn talking points for what makes these stories so important to system change.
This tool is also available in Spanish
Peer-to-peer helping is based on the premise that when young people have problems, they often turn to friends for help. This model is effective at improving school climate, linking students to formal and informal supports, and reducing youth violence, including bullying and suicide. The session outlines the essential elements of a successful program, and includes a grantee-led overview of the Natural Helpers program in Fairbanks Native Association, a Healthy Transitions grantee.
Several Healthy Transitions grantees have adopted and expanded the drop-in center approach, using them as tools for local behavioral health agencies to engage youth and young adults. This Healthy Transitions issue brief shares examples and lessons learned from the field across the various stages of drop-in center implementation, from early exploration and planning to full operation and sustainability