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This resources, developed by CLASP as part of their “Game Plan” series for low-income adults and youth, lays out the key provisions of the new workforce legislation with a focus on those in positions to support people in accessing resources. Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides more focus on disconnected youth. http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/WIOA-and-Human-Services-FINAL.pdf  
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law on July 22, 2014, is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. The law supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation’s workers and jobseekers through an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It contains several provisions specific youth that will be important for youth service providers to understand [Read further...]
What Works to End Youth Homelessness: What We Know Now
To effectively prevent and end youth homelessness in the United States, government, private agencies, and philanthropy need to know what to invest in.  What Works to End Youth Homelessness, a report just released by the National Network for Youth, works to educate the public and policymakers about the existing effective interventions and services for homeless youth. While there is not extensive research, there is a great deal of data and broad practice knowledge from the field.  Also featured are program level snapshots that highlight, at a program level, unique aspect of the population and how program services are accessed. http://www.nn4youth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015-What-Works-to-End-Youth-Homlessness.pdf
As victim identification continues to be an ongoing challenge for the anti-trafficking field, it is increasingly important for trafficking victim service providers to strategically reach out and engage other service fields that are highly likely to come into contact with potential victims of human trafficking in their daily work. Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are at high-risk to both labor and sex trafficking due to their age, likely histories of trauma, displaced living situations, and lack of access to traditional support networks. The entire field designed to serve the RHY population is a critical example of a robust national network [Read further...]
Developed by the Polaris Project, this provides a list of red flags to looks for in a potential situation of human trafficking. Read more  
In February of this year, MANY convened several of its members to host the first in a series of conversations around research, evaluation, and data-driven programming. These conversation are in response to a growing demand from funders to see more evidence-based programming and a growing desire among practitioners to understand the data they collect on youth and how that can inform their practice. To start the conversation, MANY posed the broad questions of “What is working?” and “Where are the challenges?” to understand where agencies are right now and what MANY can do to support their members and the youth [Read further...]
Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Toolkit
How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective PracticeTM is a comprehensive toolkit, with tools, templates and advice for implementing and adhering to the second edition of the Elements — rigorous guidelines that, when followed, will help to ensure quality mentoring. Whether you are new to mentoring or a seasoned veteran, this tool kit will save you time and effort because it contains materials and information you need to start or maintain a quality mentoring program. The tool kit is written to follow the format of the Elements, but it allows you to take portions of it in a different order, [Read further...]
Based on interviews with 283 youth in New York City, this is the first study to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men (YMSM); and young women who have sex with women (YWSW) who get involved in the commercial sex market in order to meet basic survival needs, such as food or shelter. The report documents these youth’s experiences and characteristics to gain a better understanding of why they engage in survival sex, describes how the support networks and systems in their lives have both helped them and [Read further...]
A financial literacy program created by the Charles Schwab Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America has reached a half million teens. The financial education curriculum, Money Matters: Make It Count, developed in 2002, instills the basics of budgeting, borrowing, investing, entrepreneurship, and saving for education after high school in a way that’s relevant to teens. They will be adults dealing with jobs, bills, car payments, mortgages, investment accounts, interest rates, inflation, repayment of student loans, and daily purchasing decisions. Success does not depend on wealth, but it does depend on the skills of smart money management. Materials are [Read further...]