Welcome to Critical Issues for Youth


Founded and managed by Alison Trachtman Hill, Critical Issues for Youth (CI4Y) is a consulting firm that works with youth and adults to help them navigate the complex, ever-changing nature of young people’s lives. Our customized, team-based methodology and innovative programs facilitate youth-adult partnerships that support community-building and inspire youth leadership.

At CI4Y we believe in the power and passion of youth.  This conviction is the foundation of our approach and effectiveness.  Our team members listen to, learn from and include youth in each and every one of the strategies and solutions we design.  Our consultants work with our clients to design customized models that maximize their resources and enable them to meet their program and participation goals. We work with youth and adults during in-school, after-school, summer camp, and informal education/community-based programs.


What's New?

Check out and purchase CI4Y's latest resource! Jake and Riley’s Recess Rescue is a curriculum for children in grades K-3 that takes the form of a coloring/activity book.  The content of the book and the FREE Adult Guide support children and grown-ups as they work together on issues of interpersonal conflict, power dynamics, and ethical decision-making.

Alison’s years of work focusing on positive youth development, social-emotional learning, and successful youth/adult partnerships led her to craft what she believes is a fun, engaging and successful method for teaching character education and helping young children deal with bullying.

Read this amazing review of the book by Melissa Wardy -- mom, entrepreneur, blogger, and owner of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies.

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