- December 19, 2023
Dear Youth Health Professionals –
As we approach the end of another transformative year, we are filled with gratitude and optimism. We are grateful for the compassion and determination of youth health professionals around the globe, and we are optimistic about the future in light of innovative health technology and our shared mission to identify and reduce youth risk.
We want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation for your partnership and commitment to youth health. At Possibilities For Change, we remain focused on our mission to deliver practical, evidence-based tools and workshops to help professionals and parents effectively identify and reduce youth risks.
We believe in the power of collective action, and your support has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in the lives of youth. As we reflect on the achievements and challenges of 2023, we are excited to share with you the remarkable progress we’ve made and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. (Stay tuned for more information!) Thank you for being an integral part of our journey towards creating a safer, healthier future for youth in 2024!
The year started with a bang when we launched ΛDΛM in March. The first of its kind, ΛDΛM is our health technology designed with a trauma-responsive lens to reach youth ages 8 through early adulthood. ΛDΛM is utilized by health organizations, school-based health centers, schools, college/university wellness centers, state departments of health, and other youth health/mental health entities. Those of you who were early adopters of ΛDΛM began telling us right away the difference ΛDΛM makes for your professionals. With ΛDΛM, organizations are:
- Increasing capacity to identify more at-risk youth with technology automation
- Providing age- and risk-targeted screening tools to focus identification and intervention efforts
- Using youth risk data strategically to provide targeted, evidence-based interventions
- Integrating risk data with other data systems (physical and mental health-EHR, academic, attendance, behavioral, dental-EDR, other) to present a holistic picture of the intersections of youth health and well-being over time..
- Providing culturally competent, trauma responsive technology that is accessible to youth of diverse learning backgrounds
- And more –
As professionals, you know that youth mental health needs are at the most alarming levels they have ever been. The most recent CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) reports on data across multiple risk categories, including sexual behavior, substance use, violence, mental health, and suicidality, as well as social determinants of health and protective factors. The data from this survey and other large-scale studies can be overwhelming, but we take heart knowing that the work we do matters tremendously. We have experienced the power of one caring adult to positively alter the trajectory of a youth’s life. And now, with the development of ΛDΛM alongside other evidence-based screening tools and professional development opportunities, teams are equipped to effectively identify and intervene at scale, guiding more at-risk youth toward healthier, safer lives.
Parent Skill-Building Resources
We were thrilled to put a focus on protective factors by bringing Teen Speak to the Possibilities For Change community in 2023! Now, professionals have resources they can feel confident in sharing with the parents of their youth clients. Teen Speak helps parents strengthen their relationships with their tweens, teens, and young adults through a series of micro-learning opportunities, online courses, workshops, and thought leadership content, including blogs, webinars, and social media content with practical strategies and tips. The professional learning opportunities have helped hundreds of parents understand the unique language and communication styles of teens. Our new licensing model has made it easy to distribute Teen Speak content to the parents of youth through email, text, or by including it in your own newsletter communication. We look forward to delivering more resources targeted to parents in 2024!
In 2023 alone, Possibilities For Change worked alongside hundreds of professionals on behalf of thousands of youth around the globe. We track and measure the impact of our initiatives to understand the different ways we are equipping professionals to identify and reduce youth risk. The data below serves as a quick reference point to our dedication to driving meaningful change in youth health.
Changing Lives, One Youth At A Time
We hear from clients all year long about the impact that Possibilities For Change solutions have on professionals who work in direct practice in youth every single day. It is our privilege to share one of these testimonials, below, that speaks to the positive impact that youth risk screening and evidence-based brief interventions and strategies can have on the lives of the youth we serve.
I’ve been working with that young lady all year.
And she answered positively for suicidal ideation, and she had a plan.
And I just asked her. I said, “Why didn’t you ever say anything to me?” And the young girl said, “Because you never asked me.”
In closing, we want to express our gratitude to each and every one of you, our partners in youth health and well-being. It is your trust, loyalty, and feedback that drive us to continually innovate and improve our products and services. Here’s to continued innovation, growth, and positive change in youth health!