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U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. 2015. Healthy transitions: A pathway to employment for youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, 12 pp.

Annotation: This policy brief presents research findings about the relationship between disability (including chronic conditions), health and wellness, and transition and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. The brief also examines the role health care professionals play in establishing employment expectations. Contents include information about the study methods, transition planning, and recommendations.

Contact: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210, Telephone: (202) 693-7880 Secondary Telephone: (866) 633-7365 Fax: (202) 693-7888 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Employment, Outcome and process assessment, Role, School to work transitions, Transition planning, Young adults

Hynes M. 2014. Don't call them dropouts: Understanding the experiences of young people who leave high school before graduation. Washington, DC: America's Promise Alliance, 71 pp.

Annotation: This report presents findings from interviews and surveys of young people across the United States about what leads to leaving school before graduation. Contents include findings on the relationship between interrupted enrollment and family violence and abuse; school safety; violence in the neighborhood; personal and family health challenges; unsupportive or unresponsive school policies; family abandonment (death, incarceration, other events); family absence; instability of place (residential mobility, school mobility, homelessness); school salience; peer influence and support; and school and community support.

Contact: America's Promise Alliance, 1101 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 657-0600 Fax: (202) 657-0601 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Adolescents, Adverse effects, Educational attainment, Graduation, Life course, National surveys, Resilience, Risk factors, School attendance, School dropouts, School failure, Social support, Supported employment

Hickson M, Ettinger de Cuba S, Weiss I, Donofrio G, Cook J. 2013. Feeding our human capital: Food insecurity and tomorrow's workforce—Part II of II. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Center, Children's HealthWatch, 4 pp. (Research brief)

Annotation: This policy brief, which is the second in a two-part series, provides information about food insecurity among children and the work force of the future. The brief defines food insecurity and human capital and discusses problems associated with childhood food insecurity, how food insecurity is related to a child's chances of graduating from high school, the effects of failing to graduate from high school, how childhood food insecurity affects health in adulthood, costs of food insecurity to society, and how early childhood development programs and nutritional interventions can serve as an investment in human capital that strengthens the work force of the future.

Contact: Children's HealthWatch, Dowling Building, 771 Albany Street, Ground Floor, Boston, MA 02118, Telephone: (617) 414-6366 Fax: (617) 414-7915 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adult health, Child development, Child health, Early childhood development, Educational attainment, Employment, Graduation, Hunger, Intervention, Low income groups, Nutrition, Prevention, Programs, School readiness, Work force, Young children

National Collaboration for Youth. 2012. Building a brighter future: An essential agenda for America's young people. [Rev. ed.]. Washington, DC: National Collaboration for Youth, 16 pp.

Annotation: This report presents federal public policy recommendations that are intended to improve children's health, safety, and well-being, and improve the education system with the goals of saving money, strengthening families, producing a more educated work force, and laying a base for America that will thrive into the next century. Topics covered include early childhood, education, after-school and summer programs, child welfare, healthy children and adolescents, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, runaway and homeless adolescents, adolescent services, and adolescent employment.

Contact: National Human Services Assembly, 1319 F Street, N.W., Suite 402, Washington, DC 20004, Telephone: (202) 347-2080 Fax: (202) 393-4517 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent health services, After school programs, Child health, Early childhood education, Education, Employment, Homelessness, Juvenile delinquents, Poverty, Prevention, Public policy, Runaways, Safety

Chrisler A, Moore KA. 2012. What works for disadvantaged and adolescent parent programs: Lessons from experimental evaluations of social programs and interventions for children. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 23 pp. (Fact sheet)

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about programs that work and do not work to improve outcomes for adolescent parents with low incomes and their children. The fact sheet reviews 20 parenting programs that are geared toward enhancing parents' development, educating them about effective parenting methods, or both. The fact sheet introduces the issue and reports findings for programs in six outcome areas: child outcomes: health; child outcomes: behaviors and development; parent outcomes: reproductive health; parent outcomes: mental health and behaviors; parent outcomes: education, employment, and income; and parenting outcomes. Promising approaches and future research needs are also discussed.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent attitudes, Adolescent behaviors, Adolescent development, Adolescent health, Adolescent parents, Child development Parent support programs, Child health, Education, Employment, Family income, High risk groups, Low income groups, Mental health, Parent support services, Parenting skills, Reproductive health, Research

Lippman L, Guzman L, Moore KA. 2012. Measuring flourishing among youth: Findings from the Flourishing Children Positive Indicators Project. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 92 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information from a webinar presented by Child Trends on July 19, 2012, that discussed the Flourishing Children Positive Indicators Project, which developed constructs to measure positive indicators in adolescents. Topics include project purpose, measurement issues, project steps, cognitive interview findings, and constructs (relationship skills, flourishing in relationships, flourishing in school and work, helping others to flourish, environmental stewardship, and personal flourishing).

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescent employment, Adolescent health, Educational attainment, Relationships, Research, Self esteem

Robin Morris, ed. and Autism Speaks, Family Services Team. 2011. Transition tool kit: A guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. [New York, NY]: Autism Speaks, ca. 115 pp.

Annotation: This toolkit for parents of adolescents with autism provides options to help plan for the transition to adulthood. The kit is divided into the following sections: self-advocacy, why transition plans are needed, community living, employment and other options, post-secondary educational opportunities, housing, legal matters, health, internet and technology, and getting organized. At the end of most sections are resources specific to that section as well as forms to help keep track of the transition process. Timelines for each state, with state agency information, are also provided.

Contact: Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10016, Telephone: (212) 252-8584 Fax: (212) 252-8676 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent with special health care needs, Advocacy, Autism, Consumer education materials, Education, Employment, Employment programs, Housing, Legal issues, State programs, Supported employment, Technology, Transition planning

Aud S, KewalRamani A, Frohlich L. 2011. America's youth: Transitions to adulthood. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 171 pp.

Annotation: This report examines the lives of adolescents and young adults ages 14-24 in the United States over the last several decades. The report features status and trend data on the following topics: demographics, school-related characteristics, employment-related characteristics, activities outside of school and work, health and wellness, and future goals.

Contact: National Center for Education Statistics, 1990 K Street, N. W., Washington, DC 20006, Telephone: (202) 502-7300 Secondary Telephone: (202) 502-7442 Fax: (202) 219-1736 Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: NCES 2012-026.

Keywords: Adolescent employment, Adolescents, Educational attainment, Employment, Goals, Health, Statistical data, Trends, Young adults

O'Hare WP, Lamb VL. 2009. Ranking states on improvement in child well-being since 2000. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 35 pp. (Kids Count working paper)

Annotation: This paper uses the 10 indicators established by the KIDS COUNT project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to assess increases and decreases in child well-being for each state. (KIDS COUNT has been tracking the status of children and families in the United States since 1991 based on the performance of these 10 statistical indicators.) The paper updates a similar one using KIDS COUNT data from the 1990s. The paper first focuses on 5-year changes from 2000 to 2005, nationally and state by state. It then compares the changes from 2000 to 2005 with those from the previous two 5-year periods (1990 to 1995 and 1995 to 2000).

Contact: Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Telephone: (410) 547-6600 Fax: (410) 547-6624 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Trends, Adolescent mortality, Adolescent parents, Child mortality, Children, Employment, Families, Infant mortality, Low birthweight, Mortality rates, Parents, Poverty, Single parents

Larson, M. 2009. Supporting transition to adulthood among youth with mental health needs: Action steps for policymakers. Washington, DC: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, 10 pp. (Policy brief; issue 2)

Annotation: This policy brief calls attention to the challenges that adolescents and young adults with mental health problems face during their transition to adulthood, and it provides policymakers at the state and local levels with information to help them develop and improve service-delivery systems for this population. Topics include (1) losing access to treatment because of different eligibility criteria in child vs. adult systems, (2) reports related to the needs of adolescents and young adults with mental health problems; (3) promising mental health recovery models, (4) competitive employment, (5) collaboration, and (6) state policies,

Contact: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, c/o Institute for Educational Leadership, 4455 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Stuie 310, Washington, DC 20008, Telephone: (877) 871-0744 Secondary Telephone: (877) 871-0665 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adolescent mental health, Adolescents, Collaboration, Eligibility, Employment, Mental disorders, Mental health, Model programs, Public policy, School to work transition, Service delivery systems, State programs, Treatment, Young adults

Trivedi P, Long T, eds. 2009. Framing Disabilities: The Influence of the Media—A Symposium. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, 42 pp.

Annotation: These proceedings provide information about Framing Disabilities: The Influence of the Media—A Symposium, held on June 15, 2009, in Washington, DC. The symposium explored issues related to the representation of persons with disabilities in the media and how this representation influences the public's attitudes and perpetuates stereotypes, which in turn influence decisions about school placement; employment opportunities; housing choices; use of public transportation; access to health care; and other activities, programs, and supports.

Contact: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Box 571485, Washington, DC 20057-1485, Telephone: (202) 687-5503 Secondary Telephone: (202) 687-5000 Fax: (202) 687-8899 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attitudes, Access to health care, Adolescents with special health care needs, Children with special health care needs, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Conference proceedings, Employment, Infants with special health care needs, Mass media, Programs, Schools, Social support, Transportation

Maynard RA, ed. 2008. Kids having kids: Economic costs and social consequences of teen pregnancy [2nd ed]. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press, 448 pp.

Annotation: This book consists of a background study of the historical and international trends in adolescent pregnancy and the effects of early pregnancy on the mother's and, eventually, the child's education, work history, and life-long earnings. Seven coordinated studies then focus on specific elements in the data and use statistical projections that take into account other social factors, such as education, race, marital status, cultural background, and neighborhood crime incidence, to estimate the consequences of early pregnancy for the mothers, for the fathers, for the children (health, abuse, incarceration, life chances), and for society. Numerous tables and graphs illustrate the data.

Contact: University Press of America, 4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706, Telephone: (410) 459-3366 Secondary Telephone: (800) 462-6420 Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-87766-654-7.

Keywords: Adolescent employment, Adolescent fathers, Adolescent mothers, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescents, Child abuse, Child support, Child welfare, Demography, Economic factors, Educational attainment, Employment, Family income, Health care utilization, Incarcerated youth, Low income groups, Maternal age, Pregnant adolescents, Psychosocial predictors, Social support, Statistics, Unplanned pregnancy, Unwanted pregnancy

Arc of Illinois, Family to Family Health and Education Center. 2008. Family manual: Transition to employment and adult services for youth with developmental disabilities in Illinois. (Rev ed.). Homewood, IL: Family to Family Health and Educatin Center, The ARC of Illinois, 58 pp.

Annotation: The purpose of this manual is to assist families of young adults with developmental disabilities with the transition from the school system and services for children to the world of work and adult services. Topics include special education and transition planning; children's waiver for developmental disabilities; straight talk on the PUNS (Illinois waiting list); the world of adult services and supports; adult waiver for developmental disabilities; health insurance and employment; services, supports, options, and trends; and who can help with advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Contact: Arc of Illinois, Family to Family Health Information Center, 20901 LaGrange Road, Suite 209, Frantfort, IL 60423, Telephone: (815) 464-8247 Secondary Telephone: (866) 931-1110 Fax: (815) 464-5292 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents with developmental disabilities, Adolescents with special health care needs, Employment, Families, Health insurance, Illinois, School to work transition, Services, Transition planning, Trends, Young adults, Young adults

Wall T, Gilmer D. 2004. Maine Works for Youth! [Progress report]. Augusta, ME: Maine Works for Youth, 5 pp.

Annotation: This progress report described accomplishments of a project titled Maine Works for Youth, Maine's Healthy and Ready to Work phase II project. The program focuses on adolescents and young adults with special health care needs.The report is a bullet list of project accomplishments during the past 2 years. The project is a follow-up to the phase I project, Maine Adolescent Transition Partnership. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program, 11 State House Station, Key Bank Plaza, 286 Water Street, Seventh Floor, Augusta, ME 04333, Telephone: (207) 287-5139 Secondary Telephone: (800) 698-3624 ext. 5139 Fax: (207) 287-5355 Web Site:

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescents, Adolescents with special health care needs, Employment programs, Maine: Transition to independent living, Reports, State programs, Transition planning, Young adults, Youth in transition programs

Grisham C. 2003. Advice from the field: Youth employment programs and unintended pregnancy. Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy, 25 pp.

Annotation: This report is intended to assist staff in the adolescent-employment field in integrating reproductive health education and unintended-pregnancy-prevention services into their programs. The report explores the connection between the fields of pregnancy prevention and adolescent employment. It provides advice from the field from five adolescent employment providers about their efforts to combat unintended pregnancy and to provide family planning services. In addition, it includes interviews with two experts in adolescent employment and adolescent pregnancy prevention.

Contact: Center for Law and Social Policy, 1200 18th Street, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 906-8000 Fax: (202) 842-2885 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent employment, Adolescent pregnancy, Community programs, Family planning, Health education, Pregnancy prevention, Reproductive health

Citizen's Committee for Children of New York. 2003. Prospects and promises 2004: A guide to children's services and budget making decisions for New York City policymakers. New York, NY: Citizen's Committee for Children of New York, 30 pp.

Annotation: This brief offers specific remedies and short-term actions that can be taken to improve the management, operation, financing, and quality of services to New York City children. The brief, which is geared toward policymakers, focuses on budget decisions that affect children's programs. It discusses child care and early education, youth services and employment, education, housing and homelessness, child welfare, children's mental health, children's health, income security and public benefits, and juvenile justice. For each topic, facts and priorities are presented in boxes. A contact person for more information is also provided for each topic.

Contact: Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, 105 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010, Telephone: (212) 673-1800 Fax: (212) 979-5063 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Budgets, Child care, Child health, Child welfare, Children, Early childhood education, Education, Employment programs, Financing, Homelessness, Housing, Juvenile justice, Management, Mental health, New York, Programs, Public policy, Youth services

Brown B, Smith B, Harper M. 2002. International surveys of child and family well-being: An overview. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 55 pp.

Annotation: This paper provides a brief overview of 13 international surveys that can be used to support work in comparative research on children and youth, and in the development of internationally comparable indicators of well-being. Each overview includes a basic description of the survey; participating countries; the types of measures collected; how to access the data for analysis; how the surveys are funded; and contact information. Surveys are grouped according to their emphasis in health, education, income/employment/demographics, and a separate section for general surveys. It was funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Family and Child Research Network.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: $15.00, plus shipping and handling.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Child health, Data sources, Demography, Developing countries, Education, Employment, Family income, Information sources, International programs, Research, Resources for professionals, Statistics, Surveys, Young adults

American Youth Policy Forum. 1999. More things that do make a difference for youth: A compendium of evaluations of youth programs—Volume II. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum, 180 pp.

Annotation: This compendium of evaluations summarizes a variety of youth programs. Categories of programs include: education and career development; English learning development; building strong communities; youth serving organizations; juvenile justice and pregnancy prevention programs; and programs regarding adolescent health, Head Start, and predicting employment. Also included in this publication are a bibliography of evaluations and a summary of program characteristics.

Contact: American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-2505, Telephone: (202) 775-9731 Fax: (207) 775-9733 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 1-887031-64-2.

Keywords: Adolescent pregnancy, Educational programs, Employment programs, Health programs, Juvenile justice, Prevention programs, Program evaluation, Youth services

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 1999. Promoting safe work for young workers: A community-based approach—A resource guide documenting the experiences of three young worker projects. Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 47 pp.

Annotation: This report reflects the lessons learned from three community based health education projects on young worker issues. The projects took place in Brockton, Massachusetts; Oakland, California; and Los Angeles, California. The report begins with a section of project summaries and continues with sections dealing with facts about young workers safety and health, steps in coordinating a young worker project, and working with community partners. Additional resources including child labor laws, agencies and organizations, and resource materials are listed in the appendices. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Adolescent employment, California, Child labor, Community based services, Massachusetts, Occupational safety and health, Working adolescents, Youth

Hernandez D, Charney E, eds. 1998. From generation to generation: The health and well-being of children in immigrant families. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 314 pp., exec. summ. (15 pp.).

Annotation: This book explores what is known about the development of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian children and youth from numerous countries of origin. Describing the status of immigrant children and youth as "severely understudied, " the book draws on and supplements existing research to characterize the current status and outlook of immigrant children. The book discusses the many factors—family size, fluency in English, parent employment, acculturation, delivery of health and social services, and public policies—that shape the outlook for the lives of these children and youth. The book makes recommendations for improved research and data collection designed to advance knowledge about these children and, as a result, their visibility in current policy debates.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-309-06561-5.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescents, Child development, Children, Cultural factors, Data collection, Employment, Family size, Health services, Immigrants, Language development, Parents, Public policy, Research, Social services

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.