This page lists key websites related to youth, young adults, and the transition to adulthood.


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The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
The Learning and Working Transitions RTC focuses on this at-risk population by conducting cutting-edge research on age appropriate programs that support education, training, and working during the transition to adulthood. We will develop the knowledge gained from this research and share it with service providers and policy makers so it can inform and ultimately impact policy and practice.

Publication: Making healthy choices: A guide on psychotropic medications for youth in foster care
This publication, developed through a collaborative committee of many young people and professionals, provides information and worksheets to assist youth in recognizing when they need help, weighing options for medication use, asking questions about their diagnosis and treatment, and taking medication safely. This guide can be used directly by youth or serve as a discussion tool for child welfare workers, health care providers, mentors, and others working with youth in foster care.

Transition to Independence Process
The mission of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system is to assist young people with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties (EBD) in making a successful transition to adulthood with all young persons achieving, within their potential, their goals in the transition domains of education, employment, living situation, and community life.

Children’s Mental Health Network
The Children’s Mental Health Network is a national alliance between communities, practitioners, families, agencies, alumni of system of care communities, and individuals that seek to share information, keep in touch, advocate for children’s mental health issues, and offer experience-based consultation and education to those interested in promoting the concept of systems of care.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI’s mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes.

The Network on Transitions to Adulthood
The Network on the Transitions to Adulthood, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, examines the changing nature of early adulthood (ages 18-34), and the policies, programs, and institutions that support young people as they move into adulthood.

Healthy Transitions Initiative
The Healthy Transitions Initiative is a cross-agency initiative aimed at addressing issues that youth and young adults encounter as they transition to adulthood. This initiative will create developmentally appropriate and effective youth guided local systems of care to improve outcomes in the areas of education, employment, housing, mental health and co-occurring disorders and decrease contacts with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Reach Out
Reach Out is an information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help them recognize their own strengths and use those strengths to overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary.

National Resource Center for Youth Development
Following its four core principles of Youth Development, Collaboration, Cultural Competence, and Permanent Connections, NRCYD builds capacity within states and tribes to effectively meet the needs of adolescents in state and tribal child welfare systems.

Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Mental Health Youth Bill of Rights
This Bill of Rights was created at the 2009 Portland National Youth Summit, an event sponsered by the Portland State University’s Research and Traning Center on Family Supports and Children’s Mental Health. At this event, 30 mental health service experienced youth gathered in Portland, OR.

Orygen Youth Health
Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is Australia’s largest youth-focused mental health program. OYH is working to improve the mental health and well-being of young people. Orygen Youth Health is also involved in a range of advocacy activities at the state, national and international levels in order to improve real-world clinical practice in mental health, to ensure that young people receive accessible, evidence based services and treatment.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA is program developed in 2001 with the aim to improve the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community. The program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomised controlled trials and qualitative studies. The MHFA Training and Research Program has been developed, evaluated and disseminated across Australia and internationally, and is currently delivered in over 15 other countries. MHFA currently operates under the auspices of the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Strength of Us
StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years. StrengthofUs was developed by NAMI.

National Collaboration of Workforce and Disability (NCWD)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs.

PACER Center
The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.



Youth action ideas for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week  May 6th- 12th 2012   About the Awareness Day Youth Action   What is “BUST IT”?   BUST IT (“IT” being stigma) is the youth demonstration designed to draw attention to the mental health needs of children and youth throughout the United States. The objective is to provide a “contact” experience that reinforces the fact that children’s mental health is an issue that impacts all youth in one way or another, with the longer term goal of reducing the stigma that is often associated with having a mental health need.   Studies have shown that stigma is the greatest barrier to children and youth with mental health needs and their families seeking help. BUST IT actions across the country will serve to demonstrate solidarity among children and youth who have, or are at risk of having, a mental health need.Here are some great links!

Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Musicians for Mental Health cool website!


Kids As Self-Advocates (KASA) KASA is a national, grassroots network of youth with special needs and our friends, speaking on behalf of ourselves. We are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues.



NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP NETWORK The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders. It promotes leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders; fosters the inclusion of young leaders with disabilities into all aspects of society at national, state and local levels; communicates about issues important to youth with disabilities and the policies and practices.

STORIES PEDIATRIC NETWORK This site has stories about youth and young adults that have gone through transition and other things in life while having a chronic illnesses.   Need some help dealing with feelings?