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Principal Investigator and Project Director: Jane Powers
Project Website: www.actforyouth.net
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The ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth Center of Excellence promotes positive youth outcomes and works to reduce risky sexual behavior among youth by advancing the principles of positive youth development and supporting the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programming. Launched in 2000 with generous support from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), ACT for Youth is a partnership among BCTR (lead agency), Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City, The Center for School Safety, and University of Rochester Medical Center.

ACT for Youth serves as an intermediary organization that provides technical assistance, training, and evaluation for three youth initiatives funded by the NYSDOH: Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence, and Pathways to Success. In this capacity project staff advance research-based practices, while also learning directly from practitioners about the realities of implementation in the field.

ACT for Youth develops and disseminates information and resources, including publications, presentations, online training modules, and curricula to aid those working in the areas of positive youth development and adolescent sexual health. ACT for Youth is also home base for the ACT Youth Network, which serves as s a channel for youth voice, particularly in regard to health. The ACT Youth Network is available for consultation on health projects that seek to reach youth. For more information, see the ACT Youth Network brochure.

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