6 Trends Impacting Youth Across the Country – How Does Your Community Compare
I often say that providers are experiencing and responding to changes in our environment before funders, legislators, or researchers are even able to put a label on it.  Providers typically spend less time labeling these trends impacting youth and more time digging into understanding them and trolling through their resources to figure out how to strengthen outcomes for youth while facing these new realities.  In fact, by the time labels come around providers are often in the process of refining their responses vs. developing them. At MANY, we seek to build the resiliency of providers and thus their ability to [Read further...]
#Connection2015: The Experience Reviewed
This year, #Connection2015 kicked off with speakers challenging the notion of “business as usual” and mapping the changing landscapes youth providers are navigating. This session was designed to challenge our assumptions on topics such as youth employment, serving gender non-conforming youth, and philanthropy. We explored the unique role of art in reframing perspectives in local communities and we even saw a cameo appearance from President Obama. Session II was all about rescuing authenticity in today’s world. Being authentic in our values, in our relationships with those we seek to serve, in our relationships with those with whom we seek to [Read further...]
$3,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice supports MANY’s Mentoring+ Initiative
$3,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice supports MANY’s Mentoring+ Initiative MANY, a national network designed to strengthen outcomes for youth and young adults at highest risk for victimization and/or delinquency has been awarded $3,000,000 over three years to help local organizations fill the mentoring gap that exists nationally. “Thanks to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, MANY’s Mentoring+ sites will be able to expand services to thousands of youth currently on waiting lists in agency programs in as many as 16 states,” said Megan Blondin, Executive Director of MANY. Recent data demonstrates juvenile delinquency impacts significant [Read further...]