Healthy Environments in Schools Action Team (HESAT)

Healthy Youth Development

The SVP team aims to enhance, unify and promote positive youth development across Minnesota.  As a part of the team's efforts, members developed the resources below so that others may incorporate Healthy Sexual and Healthy youth development strategies into their work.  Feel free to use any and all of the resources to support your positive youth development efforts.

  • Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood : CCFC's mission is to reclaim childhood from corporate marketers. A marketing-driven media culture sells children on behaviors and values driven by the need to promote profit rather than the public good. The commercialization of childhood is the link between many of the most serious problems facing children, and society, today.
  • Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood: Sexualization : Children today are inundated with media and marketing that use sex to sell products. Embedded in these sexualized images are harmful messages that equate personal value with sexual appeal and turn sex into a commodity. Movies, music, TV programs, video games, and even toys marketed to children are rife with degrading images that objectify and sexualize girls and woman. Boys are also affected when sex is commodified, presented in the context of harmful stereotypes, and intertwined with power and violence.
  • Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood: Violence in Media : "Research demonstrates that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values, and behavior, particularly in children. Yet media fraught with violence-including television programs, movies, video games, and music-are routinely marketed to children. . . . Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life."
  • Center for Nonviolent Communication: An International Organization : Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies, whether verbal or physical, are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Best Practices for Engaging Youth : A guide for adults and organizations for strength-based youth engagement.
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Healthy Adolescent Sexuality : This tool provides an overview of adolescent sexual development.
  • STRYVE- Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere : STRYVE is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts. To support this effort, STRYVE Online provides communities with the knowledge and resources to be successful in preventing youth violence.
  • Safe Schools Healthy Students Grantees Report Reduced Violence and Safer Schools : Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grantees Report Reduced Violence and Safer Schools
  • Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center : Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. We provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.
  • TeenWise Minnesota: The Source on Adolescent Sexual Health and Parenting: Curriculum Review : A collection of resources. The following sexuality education and HIV/STI prevention resources (curricula, manuals and videos) have been reviewed by the Minnesota Sexuality Education Resource Review Panel (MSERRP), the federal review panel required by the Centers for Disease Control. MSERRP evaluated all resources on this list using specific, research-based criteria for effective sexuality education and HIV prevention programs. Each resource review summary includes the panel's recommendation regarding use of the resource, a summary of its strengths and limitations, and a rating on each criterion.


  • Building a Culture of Peace in our Schools : A collection of resources from the Center for Nonviolent Solutions
  • Incredible Years Series : The Incredible Years Series is a set of three comprehensive, multi-faceted, and developmentally-based curriculums for parents, teachers and children designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotion problems in young children.

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  • Youth Performance Company : Youth Performance Company fuels the creative spirit of youth by developing, empowering and advancing young artists. Through direct programming that includes productions, classes, in-school residencies, community appearances, and a leadership development component, YPC provides affordable and meaningful arts experiences for Twin Cities families, children, and teens.


  • Nonviolent Communication Schools : Nonviolent Communication training and practice in school communities helps teachers, administrators, students, and parents to make school a place where students love to learn, teachers love to teach, and where parents feel confident that their children's needs--for safety, respect, and learning--can be met.
  • Working Family Resource Center : The Working Family Resource Center provides in-person and online parenting and child development classes. Located in St. Paul, MN.
  • Youthrive : The mission of youthrive is to engage young people with adults in strengthening leadership and peace building skills. Their purpose is to inspire and engage youth and adults through education, leadership and service to integrate peace making activities into their lives, their communities and the world. To provide opportunities and experiences for all youth to engage in civic dialog and civic action on issues of social justice, human rights, non violence and anti-racism. Reduce the barriers and foster connections for the full and authentic engagement of all youth in addressing community concerns. To create an environment that values youth voice.

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