Upcoming Federal Funding Webinars
Federal funding is increasingly competitive, and funding for youth & families services is no exception. Our Federal Funding Webinar Series will ensure that you have access to the expert knowledge you need to increase your chances of securing funding for your organization. Space is very limited for these webinars – guarantee your spot today by registering at the links below: Street Outreach: Developing a Competitive Application (Date Subject to Change) – April 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT* Basic Center: Developing a Competitive Application (Date Subject to Change) – April 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT* *Dates [Read further...]
Introducing The Youth Catalyst Team
MANY and the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) at Wichita State University are excited to announce the launch of a Youth Catalyst Team (YCT), a leadership development opportunity for young people with lived experience. MANY and CCHT will train, prepare, and position Youth Catalysts  as subject matter experts (SME’s), to enhance program practices and further mobilize the field. Youth Catalysts will also partner with MANY and CCHT in developing tools and resources that make a positive and tangible impact for youth and families across the country. Youth Catalysts are PAID consultants doing incredibly important work to prevent and end [Read further...]
Nonprofit Funding, Events, and Jobs – February 2018
Funding HUD Releases Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Funding Announcement On January 17, 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will select up to 11 communities, at least 5 of which will be rural, to participate in the second round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The goal of the YHDP is to support communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness, and to share that experience with and mobilize communities around the country toward the same end.  Interested in learning more? NAEH provides a great breakdown [Read further...]
Shining Light Toolkit: Spirituality and Involving The Faith Community
Research has identified faith and spirituality as a resilience factor for those subjugated to or at risk for sexual exploitation.1 However, far too often youth-serving organizations fail to attend to faith and spirituality when designing program services and in supporting mentoring relationships. Faith communities can be a major resource for these types of programs, yet we often do not include them in the conversation of serving victims/survivors of trafficking and at-risk youth. Engaging these communities not only benefits the mentees, but can potentially offer another support system for programs and mentors.
Shining Light Toolkit: Sustainability
Sustainability addresses how organizations can effectively adapt to changing environments (i.e. staff turnover, funding and policy changes, new community needs, etc.) in order to maintain consistent, quality services.1 Putting time and energy into sustainability is essential if social service agencies are to create lasting benefits for the community. Neglecting to foster sustainability can result in a loss of programs and services deeply needed by the community.  These losses, and the resulting staff turnover, often make it difficult to pass on knowledge and program learnings gained even if services are restored in the future.   Sustainability is critical for organizations to maintain their results and impacts beyond their initial sources of funding to continue meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
Shining Light Toolkit: Self-Care and Mindfulness
Stress is a natural component of everyday life. However, those who work in direct service professions (either as volunteers or career professionals) will likely encounter additional stress because of the nature of their responsibilities. These individuals walk alongside and support people who are navigating various stages of their healing journey. They are exposed to stories about past and current trauma, and such exposure can have a significant impact.1,2,3 Staff and mentors working with young people who have been commercially sexually exploited can experience what is referred to as vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, or secondary traumatic stress. This occurs when a staff or mentor goes beyond hearing about trauma to re-experiencing it along with the person.2,3,4 The continual exposure to traumatic material can result in both physical and psychological symptoms.5 The accumulation of this stress over a period of time increases the risk for compassion fatigue and burnout. Self-care and mindfulness can be effective ways for staff and mentors to manage the additional stressors of supporting victims/survivors.
Shining Light Toolkit: Mentor Readiness
To be an effective mentor, one must have a genuine interest in a young person and their future. Mentors must also be prepared to take on the responsibility that comes with being present in their mentee’s life. Failing to meet these commitments can have devastating results for youth, particularly those who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. Victim/survivors likely have experience with adults who have exited their lives abruptly, broken promises, or otherwise let them down.
Connection 2017 Talk: “Canaries, Coal, + Capital: The Science of Why We Need Others” by David Wertheimer
Note: Annotations on this page are powered by Genius.com for your ease of access. Click on any term highlighted in yellow in the transcript below if you want a further explanation as you read. About The Speaker: David has worked in in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors. He has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2006, and currently serves as the foundation’s Director of Community and Civic Engagement. David is the President of the Haverford College Alumni Association, on the Board of Advisors of Partners for Our Children and the Washington State Health Innovation Leadership Network (HILN). [Read further...]
Webinar Recording Release: 2018 Federal Funding Webinar
  Webinar Recording Release: 2018 Federal Funding Webinar Webinar Description: The changing federal landscape has and will have an impact on federal funding for youth programs. This webinar reviewed the 2018 federal budget and examined the implications for both current and prospective grantees. Given the unprecedented environment, information on potential impacts can support organizations in effectively planning on funding moving forward. This webinar is designed to help you succeed in this highly competitive environment. It will help you to understand and creatively take advantage of the funding to be released during the 2018 grant season and look forward to future years. [Read further...]
Prepare for the Federal Grant Writing Season Before It Begins
Two things about this year’s funding: We anticipate the funding announcements may be released earlier than they have been in the past (potentially late winter). We anticipate the competition to be extremely tight. In 2017, 27% of Basic Center Program (BCP) grantees lost funding.  Even more striking, 81% of Street Outreach Program (SOP) grantees lost funding. The Transitional Living Program (TLP) situation isn’t much easier. Just over 100 TLP grantees are expiring in 2018, while FYSB expects to make only 75 awards. With the competition so high, writing a perfect grant is more important than ever. To be successful, it is [Read further...]