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Integrated Employment and Mental Health Services -- How Well Do They Work For Homeless Youth?
Author Kristin M. Ferguson worked with two social services agencies in Los Angeles that work with homeless youth who also suffer from mental illness. Together, Ferguson and agency staff studied the effect on young people of two programs that combine employment and mental health services.

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A Research-Based Guide to Helping Teens Deal With Drug Abuse
People are most likely to begin abusing drugs—and that includes tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—as teens and young adults. Learn about ways to help teens struggling with addiction from a new guide by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

A FoodCorps AmeriCorps member shows children how to plant seedlings to grow food in a garden. (Photo courtesy FoodCorps)

Primary Sources: Community Service Boosts Young People’s Development—If It’s Done Right
A chapter in "Handbook of Child Well-Being" scans the research to pinpoint the factors that make community service beneficial for young people.

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Primary Sources: What Happens When Homeless Youth Do the Research?
In Los Angeles, 15 homeless young people spearheaded a research project that surveyed teens like them. The researchers who mentored them say the young people and their community benefited.

A young woman signing up for medicaid on the phone.

Bright Idea: Everything You Need to Know About Helping Homeless Youth Apply for Medicaid
Top tip: Encourage youth to enroll by phone. Read on for other advice from Graham Bowman of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

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A Federal Website Helps Teens Understand the Real Cost of Smoking
The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products offers young people straight talk about getting hooked on smoking.

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Primary Sources: Helping Pediatricians Understand Youth and Family Homelessness
A new study suggests that doctors can better help homeless patients by understanding the "homeless worldview."

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Interactive Tool Helps Parents and Other Adults Talk to Young People About Drinking
You can prepare parents to talk to their children about alcohol with the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration's "Start the Talk."

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Bright Idea: Three Ways to Help Young People Cope With STI Tests
Learn how to guide youth through the process of being tested for sexually transmitted infections--and help them get them the health care they need if they test positive.

A young man looks at bicycles.

Five Ways to Improve Youth Health
NCFY presents five ways to help young people eat well and exercise.


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