Recently, any time I turn on the news there is another story of a child, teen or young adult being victimized. It is sad and discouraging when so many communities, being budget and man-power limited, don’t have the necessary resources to help these young people.
That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon the Teen Action Toolkit created by the National Center for Victims of Crime. Teen Action Toolkit is a hands-on implementation guide for the Teen Action Partnership for Teen Victims program (TAP) and is a great resource for educators, law enforcement, outreach workers, victim service providers, youth workers, parents, teens, and others who might be interested in starting a youth-led effort to improve local policies, outreach, and services for adolescent crime victims.
Teens and young adults think they know it all, that they’re invincible and ready to take on the world. However, under that tough exterior they are still just children who need our help and guidance as much as ever.
If you’d like to help your community create a teen-specific outreach program, pick up a copy of the Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization today.