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Got Data? Just Released Resources Share Data on Children and Youth Well-Being and Education
How are States doing when it comes to child well-being? Are children who are homeless graduating? Has the number of teen child births increased? Each year the Annie E Casey  Foundation updates its Kids Count compendium of state by state indicators of child wellbeing. Kids Count 2017 is released along with another data resource that examines graduation of homeless youth.  Released by SchoolHouse Connection, Civic Enterprises, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness (ICPH),  50 state progress reports summarizes available state-level data on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through postsecondary [Read further...]
April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which aims to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause. The theme of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative continues to mirror the theme of the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, “Building Community, Building Hope.” By ensuring that parents, caregivers, and other supportive adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful [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...]
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...]
What’s Next? The Federal Landscape and Beyond: 7 Emerging and Persistent Trends Impacting Youth Across the Country
What’s Next? The Federal Landscape and Beyond: 7 Emerging and Persistent Trends Impacting Youth Across the Country In September 2016, 54 youth service organizations from 24 states took the time to collaboratively identify current environmental trends, implications for youth and providers, and practical actions we can take in response to – or better yet in anticipation of – these trends. As a part of this discussion, we invited a few guests with expertise in some of the recurring trend areas to share with us their “deep dive” knowledge.  These included a federal landscape briefing, exploring the intersection of juvenile justice [Read further...]
This new online resource to help family and youth workers narrow the field of available tools and practices to identify young people’s strengths and needs. Screening and Assessment Tools for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs is available courtesy of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, in consultation with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and its youth workgroup partners. The toolkit includes information on more than 50 screening and assessment tools, including their intended audience, key subject areas, requirements for use, and estimated cost. The new resource will assist organizations implementing the federal Intervention Model for Unaccompanied Youth which encourages programs to use [Read further...]
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...]
The KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally, is a “go-to” resource for anyone interested in the well-being of children and youth. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community.  
This manual developed by Public Profit provides a selection of activities to gather youth input for your programming. The activities, offered as an alternative to the tired approach of using surveys, are interactive and engaging.      
Data Storytelling: Effectively Communicating a Problem by Measuring How Many People are Affected
This guest post was written by Tina Kelley, a speaker at Connection 2014 when she was writer-in-residence at Covenant House International.  In her presentation at Connection she spoke of the importance of telling the stories of the youth your agencies serve, as well as learning the lessons from our inevitable failures in telling those stories. She spoke of the young people she and Covenant House President Kevin Ryan interviewed for their national bestseller, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. You can watch a portion of her presentation below, or watch the full presentation. In this post, she [Read further...]