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#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Mentoring In Mississippi
MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the U.S. We had the privilege of sitting down with a staffer from our member organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi to talk about mentoring in Mississippi. Their Program Specialist, Sharon Gill, had this to say about what keeps her energized in her role: “My energy is fueled by working and getting to know these families, particularly the children. Once you sit down and talk with them about why they would like to have [Read further...]
Now Announcing Our Federal Funding Webinar Series
Federal funding is increasingly competitive and funding for youth & families services is no exception. Our federal grant proposal webinar series will ensure that you have access to the expert knowledge you need to secure funding for your organization: 2017 Federal Grants Update (FREE) April 4 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EDT The changing federal landscape has and will have an impact on federal funding for youth programs.   This webinar will review the 2017 federal budget and what this means for both current and prospective grantees.  Given the unprecedented environment, information on potential impacts can support organizations in [Read further...]
Upcoming Funding Opportunities for March 2017
Here are some of the upcoming funding opportunities for March 2017: Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Applications Recognizing that there are enduring service needs where a greater focus is needed, the Office of Victims of Crime invites applications that focus on a number of these identified services in order to fill significant gaps in services to assist all victims of severe forms of trafficking, including services for underserved or unserved populations.  Deadline: March 9, 2017 Read more » YouthBuild 2017: FOA-ETA-17-03 The Employment and Training Administration announces the availability of approximately $80 million in grant funds for YouthBuild. WIOA [Read further...]
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Statistics
February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. As we think about these issues and how to solve them, it is important to educate ourselves and others on a problem that has, in recent years, become very widespread. Here are some facts about teen dating violence from loveisrespect.org. Teen Dating Violence Is A Common Problem Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of [Read further...]
Federal Funding Announcements – February 2017
Federal funding is increasingly competitive and funding for youth & families services is no exception. With the unprecedented fiscal landscape, organizations depend on MANY to identify and share potential funding opportunities, as well as effectively prepare them to be competitive through our webinars and proposal review services.   Here are a few of the recent federal funding announcements focused on serving youth at highest risk for victimization and/or delinquency:     Funding Opportunities Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking Due Date: 02/21/2017 The primary goal of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of [Read further...]
February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Along with Black History Month, February also marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Start The Conversation For the past ten years, Break the Cycle and [Read further...]
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs The addition of the new RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) Final Rule provides clarification and outlines additional requirements for Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Programs. These changes build on existing requirements present in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378). The new rule provides opportunities to strengthen existing services for runaway and homeless youth across the United States. MANY reviewed the new rule and will provide resources and support as organizations make necessary changes to existing RHY [Read further...]
Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding
“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.” – William Lloyd Garrison   Introduction Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking and MANY, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, offers this toolkit as a resource for multidisciplinary professionals, policy makers, volunteers, faith communities, and others involved in anti-trafficking work. Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding provides information on a variety of topics related to human trafficking with a specific focus on mentoring for commercial sexual exploitation victims. [Read further...]
How Mentoring Supports the Healing Journey for Victims and Survivors of CSEC
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington   People need people. We are social creatures! Each of us needs someone to encourage us when things go wrong and to cheer for us when we have success. So often it is others who see our potential and remind us of our worth. For youth who are at risk for [Read further...]
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program – August 2016 Funding Announcement
August 2016 Funding Announcement: The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is an exciting new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a YHDP Notice of Funding Availability and encourages all communities, through their local Continuum of Care, to apply to become one of the communities selected to participate. HUD will select up to ten communities, four of which will be rural communities. The YHDP offers the following to the ten communities selected: $33 million dollars set aside for YHDP projects, where [Read further...]