Now Open: Limited Enrollment for The 2018-19 Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative
MANY is excited to open a limited enrollment period for our 2018-19 Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative Cohort! If you are interested in joining, please click here today.   What is the Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC)? In 2015, MANY gathered with youth providers in 31 states to understand the current landscape, identify existing evidence, and begin to unearth promising innovations. Two key takeaways from these gatherings emerged: Deeply coordinated community responses – integrated identification, assessment, service provision, and data – is a new approach for most communities and particularly for this population. As a result, questions are more prevalent than answers as [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “The Loophole: The Key To Doing Your Best Work As A Team” by Nadim Matta
 About The Speaker: Nadim is President and founding Board member of the Rapid Results Institute (RRI). He has led teams that introduced RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in Nicaragua, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. More recently, Nadim’s work focused on veteran, chronic and youth homelessness in the US, and on the integration of social and health care in the UK. The work involved using 100-Day Challenges to nudge community stakeholders towards much higher levels of collaboration, innovation, and execution. Most recently, he helped introduce RRI’s 100-Day Challenges in the UAE, as part of a Government Accelerator [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “The Power of Rest + Renewal: How To Add Energy To Your Work Day” by Katherine Bailey
About The Speaker: Katherine Bailey is a Managing Director, Organizational Transformation at The Energy Project. She has facilitated programs with NASA, Fidelity, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cox Enterprises, eBay, Nielsen, Pfizer, MetLife, Bayer, and Comcast. Additionally, she has delivered keynotes to audiences at a range of organizations including University of Michigan, Fidelity Charitable, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. With over 20 years of experience, Katherine’s expertise includes leadership development, organizational culture change, and assessment. She helps organizations to perform at the highest level, even in the face of chronic stress, adversity, and trauma. About Connection 2017: The Connection 2017 experience took place [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Canaries, Coal, + Capital: The Science of Why We Need Others” by David Wertheimer
 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).  He is the immediate past Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness and served as co-Chair of the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Task Force. A New York City [Read further...]
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 – May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT Basic Center: Developing a Competitive Application – June 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT* *Dates subject to change based on the actual release [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.