Emotional Wellness Workbook for Youth 

CILA’s social work program is excited to announce the release of a new resource, Emotional Wellness Workbook for Youth. This workbook is intended for unaccompanied youth and is available in English and Spanish.

Adolescence is a time filled with exciting possibilities and opportunities, as well as confusion and uncertainty due to newly emerging emotions, feelings, and challenges that occur at this developmental stage. To help youth through this time, CILA created the Emotional Wellness Workbook for Youth, a tool that provides a supportive space for youth to explore strategies for navigating mental and emotional health complexities they might face as adolescents.  

This workbook includes activities developed to resonate with the unique experiences and interests of unaccompanied youth, including those in detention and dealing with detention fatigue. It focuses on self-care practices that encourage prioritizing mental, emotional, and physical health. It also includes mindfulness exercises to help youth to stay present and focused, and creative journaling prompts that encourage self-expression. In total, the workbook includes 41 activities. 

This workbook can be utilized independently by the youth or as a collaborative effort between the youth and the advocate working with them. For the youth, this workbook can serve as their first step, to self-awareness, towards improved mental and emotional well-being. On the other hand, advocates can choose to incorporate the worksheets or techniques found in the workbook during their one-on-one meetings or sessions with the youth. This collaborative effort between the youth and the advocate could help foster open communication, rapport, and trust.  

We hope that you will find this workbook to be a useful resource in your work, and we welcome you to share it with as many youth as you can! Should you have any thoughts about materials that should be added to future editions of the workbook, we also welcome that feedback. You can reach out to CILA! 

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to positively impacting the lives of children and youth!