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The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) Student Toolkit is designed to provide students with resources to identify and raise awareness of human trafficking in their community. Students can play an active role in educating others about human trafficking, promoting the NHTRC hotline, and preparing their campus community to take a stand against human trafficking. We encourage students to tailor awareness activities to their specific university and community, using these resources as a starting point. For the full article click here.
Many of the young people in runaway and homeless youth programs have experienced complex trauma that impacts their ability to function independently and pursue life goals. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a series of resources and fact sheets that can assist service providers in gaining a deeper understanding of how to support teens and young adults that have experienced multiple traumas. To read the full article click here.
A growing number of studies have highlighted the importance of investigating the quality of the relationships that are formed between mentors and youth. Although several questionnaires have been developed to measure mentor-youth relationships, researchers have tended to focus on mentees’ perspectives. Nonetheless, studies using scales that were originally designed for other caring adults (e.g., for teachers or psychotherapists) have highlighted the importance of assessing mentors’ perspectives as well. Click here for full article.
Prostitution. Pornography. Survival sex. Commercial sexual exploitation is more than just young people being sexually abused by adults. Perpetrators victimize young people by paying, or promising to pay, money, goods or services to a youth—or a pimp—in exchange for sexual acts or entertainment. The impact of commercial sexual exploitation on young victims is often devastating. Instead of attending school, they face violence, disease, and jail. Before they are even old enough to vote, they lose their dignity and their freedom. They suffer emotional trauma that may never go away. Helping young people escape from exploitation should be a top priority [Read further...]
Providing high quality, effective services for youth and families who are at-risk requires constant monitoring of demographic, economic, social, technological, and political forces. Often, direct service providers experience emerging trends and begin crafting immediate service responses before researchers, statisticians, and law makers are even able to put a label on it. MANY is a national network that offers organizations resources and training focused on improving outcomes for youth and young adults at highest risk for victimization and delinquency. Annually, MANY connects with over 10,000 non-profit providers, funders, and researchers, and provides intensive training and supports to about 3,000 of these organizations each year. MANY tends [Read further...]
This report provides a historical context for the role of family engagement within the juvenile justice and child welfare system. It goes on to discuss the implications of not engaging parents  and offers recommendations for engaging families in a meaningful and impactful way. Click here to view the entire paper
This article discusses the value of including soft skills (like collaboration, critical thinking, & work ethic) as part of overall outcomes evaluation for youth. Several instruments for assessing these outcomes in youth are also identified with their uses and benefits for various youth populations. Click here to see the entire document
This report covers identifying stakeholders, determining roles and responsibilities in the evaluation, evaluation design and implementation, utilizing evaluation results, and a case study at the Girl’s Best Friend Foundation. Creating a Community of Learners Successful Evaluative Learning for Nonprofits and Funders
The Letter of Agreement (LOA) specifies a commitment by both parties to work together to address the specific points of a collaborative relationship. These details are outlined in a Letter of Agreement which is generally used to support a simple exchange of services or goods. More formal collaborations, such as those that involve the distribution of financial resources and formal program guidelines for reporting, should have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Sometimes these terms are interchanged. Regardless of the option that best addresses your situation, all parties should demonstrate their agreement through signature. The following outlines the key points to consider [Read further...]
Each year approximately 26,000 young people in foster care will turn 18 and “age out” of the system. These youth face numerous obstacles as they transition to adulthood such as homelessness, unemployment, difficulty accessing post-secondary education, and financial instability. In this issue brief, the American Youth Policy Forum has highlighted best practices and policies and made recommendations to support youth in transition from foster care in three critical areas of need – sustainable social capital, permanency supports, and access to post-secondary opportunities. Click here to see brief