Connected Youth Initiative is grounded in several theoretical frameworks and evidence-based best practices, including:
- Center for the Study of Social Policy Youth Thrive™ and Families Thrive - protective and promotive factors, strength-based framework designed to counteract Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to strengthen young people and their families across the lifespan
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Your Money, Your Goals toolkit – financial literacy and case management tool
- Annie E. Casey Foundation Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Keys to Your Financial Future – curriculum used in Opportunity Passport™ to help young people build financial skills
- Jobs for the Future Back on Track™ framework – 3-tiered approach to help youth achieve postsecondary and career goals
- Trauma-informed practices, including Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s Reaching Teens toolkit – aimed at reducing additional trauma to youth and their families
- Askable Adults Matter® (AAM) – framework that prepares adults who support young people to be more approachable and knowledgeable about adolescent sexual and reproductive health and be proactive in referring young people for sexual and reproductive healthcare.
- Pyramid of Leadership