As a learning organization, we are constantly looking for new resources to support and further our work. Here are some of our favorite resources as well as some blog posts Rebecca wrote on various topics. If you use any of these resources and find them useful, we'd love to know; send us a note and let us know what you think.
Looking for something specific? Contact us! We'd love to help connect you to the resources you're seeking.

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Promoting Youth Mental Health

How to Get Low-Cost (and Free) Mental Health Services in Philadelphia

Mental health in the U.S. is worsening and barriers to care abound. But help is out there—here’s where to find it in Philly.


Reflecting on the Pandemic

2020 was like no other year. I made time to reflect with my staff and colleagues and sharing here the prompts I developed for those conversations. Feel free to download and use.


An evidence-based framework developed by the Search Institute to help adults develop and foster resiliency and thriving in children ages 3-18.

At Fab Youth Philly we design our programming to support youth in  developing or deepening many of the 40 Assets.


Developmental Relationships

The Search Institute has identified five elements—expressed in 20 specific actions—that make relationships powerful in young people’s lives.

They also have tools for supporting VIRTUAL relationships during the time of Covid-19.

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What we can learn about planning from the fashion industry.

There are some events, that we spend a full year or more planning for, making meticulous lists, consulting with several experts along the way, even visiting with others who may have planned a similar kind of event. Like a wedding, for example...And yet, when it comes time to planning in our nonprofit (youth and after school) programs, we often wait until the last minute.

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Harts Ladder of Participation

Roger Hart's Ladder of Children’s Participation describes eight ascending levels of decision-making agency, control, and power that can be given to children and youth by adults.

This is a great tool for assessing and developing youth voice and choice within your program.

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Caine's Arcade

Caine’s Arcade is a short film about a 9 year old boy’s cardboard arcade, and his dream of having customers. The 11 minute short film directed by Nirvan Mullick became a global phenomenon in 2012, with over 10 million views online.

It is the inspiration for the Global Cardboard Challenge, which Fab Youth Philly has co-hosted in Philadelphia since 2015.

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Core Competencies for Youth Workers

We want our OST programs to be of the highest possible quality. We are preparing youth to succeed in school, careers, and life. In Figure 1,below,this goal—positive youth outcomes—is shown on the right. It is the end result of a series of steps. Core knowledge and research from years of experience and study inform everything we do. Supervisors use this core knowledge to train staff. Together, the supervisors and staff who work directly with children promote high quality programming and positive relationships with the youth they serve. The end result: positive youth outcomes including academic, social, and emotional growth.

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Core Competencies for Supervisors of Youth Workers

What do youth need from the professionals who work with them? They need caring relationships with adults they can trust. They need clear limits, high expectations, and healthy challenges. They need to be accepted for who they are. They need adults to support them in taking positive risks and avoiding negative ones.In short, they need you to be the very best you can be. The Core Competencies for Youth Work Professionals and the Core Competencies for Supervisors of Youth Work Professionals can help you meet that goal.

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Creating Culturally Responsive Youth Programs

The National Research Council has identified eight research-based features of high-quality, culturally responsive programs. In their paper, Simpkins and colleagues take these eight features and share with the reader how culturally responsive practices can be integrated within each of them.


Hidden Figures and the power of film as a teaching tool

I often use feature and short films, documentaries, videos, and podcast as teaching tools with youth, for professional development and in my college classroom.  I had the opportunity to watch the Academy Award Nominated feature film Hidden Figures with a group of elementary schoolers. Here are tips for using films like Hidden Figures in your OST program or classroom.

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For Real Change, Training for Youth Professionals Needs to Go Way Beyond ‘One And Done

I have been developing and facilitating workshops for a wide range of youth worker audiences for nearly two decades on an extensive range of topics. I’ve been attending workshops presented by other people for even longer than that.

I have found that the “one and done” workshops, where the topic or training is offered one time, rarely have the kind of impact we, the people facilitating them, and the participants attending them hope they will. Read about the strategies we use.

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So You Want to Start a nonprofit?

So you want to start a nonprofit; are you nuts? Watch this video of Rebecca explaining why she chose not to establish Fab Youth Philly as a nonprofit and offer insights to some of the things to consider before starting your own nonprofit.

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Have you wondered why people hire consultants? Have you wondered how to go about finding and hiring a consultant? Are you a consultant who wishes organizations had some insider's knowledge about working with you?


Here are tips for hiring and working with consultants.

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Rooted in Scarcity and Deficit: Time to Reconsider the Funding Process

Each chapter of this book is written from an insider’s perspective, by practitioners themselves, who articulate some of the key and relevant issues in the field. Read Rebecca's chapter: Rooted in Scarcity and Deficit: Time to Reconsider the Funding Process.