Pathways for Youth

Have you heard? The new Federal strategic plan for youth includes important recommendations to improve the lives of youth around the country. Be one of the first to see the plan and share ideas about how to use it in your community!

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Our team reviewed hundreds of resources on money management skills. In this post, find our top three favorite ways to help get smart about money, featuring free resources that you can use now.

Whether you are looking for basic information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) terms and concepts or want to know what it means to be an ally, we’ve gathered several... Read more »

Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, can support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Deepening your understanding of LGBT-related issues, including basic terms and concepts, can help... Read more »

Have you ever wondered what LGBT and being an “ally” mean? Knowing some key terms and concepts, like the difference between “sex,” “gender,” and “sexual orientation,” are ways to be an ally.

As a young person, you may be starting to think about your future—the kinds of things you want to do in life and the steps you can take to achieve these goals. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be scary and challenging to understand your interests, learn about the different paths you can... Read more »

Your experiences — whether good or bad — are treasured because they are yours. In some cases, you earned your stories by overcoming pain and making it through difficult circumstances. This is why you need to protect them.

In a perfect world, trusting, honest, and respectful relationships would be the norm. Every relationship would be free of physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse. Sadly, dating violence is more common than we... Read more »

By Nathan Cunningham 

Get this: nearly 1 in 5 people living in the U.S. has a disability.[1] That’s a huge number adding up to more than 50 million people! In fact, many of your family members, friends, and... Read more »

There is an amazing transition that can happen for foster care youth and alumni when they work as advocates for change in the foster care system. When youth first become advocates in the system, they are often asked to share the struggles of their story so an audience can get an emotional... Read more »

As I settled into my internship here at the CDC in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), I developed a weekly routine and began working on multiple projects. Two of these early projects, both research-oriented, really stood out as both interesting to me and important for the... Read more »


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