Building on the Assets of Rural Communities to Support Your Mentoring Program
Spacious skies, waves of grain, majestic mountains. Much of the narrative that shapes our views of the United States is built on images of rural America. It is where we began, and idyllic notions of small-town life still resonate. As compelling as these images can be, the reality is that rural communities face challenges that may be difficult for those living in urban settings to understand. In spite of these realities, rural communities draw from their many strengths, and benefit from strong community connections and family networks. While only about 20% of the US population lives in rural areas, these [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for October 2017
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for October 2017 GradNation Acceleration Grants America’s Promise Alliance, as part of their GradNation campaign to raise high school graduation to 90%, invites applications in specific states. The new GradNation Acceleration Grant is intended to support existing state- and community-level efforts focused on accelerating progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success. Organizations in the following 10 states are eligible to apply for the award: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Deadline: November 8, 2017 Read more » Costco Wholesale Grants Costco Wholesale [Read further...]
Mourn, Celebrate, Connect – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This October, non-profits providing the critical safety net for survivors of domestic violence in communities throughout the country will work to increase awareness of this intimate and insidious form of violence that touches so many lives and yet, is often unseen. In Philadelphia, for example, Women Against Abuse will host the “IPledge Campaign” which calls on each of us, as individuals, to commit to never raising a hand in violence. Recognizing that each and every month there is a need to raise awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first observed in 1987 and grew from a grassroots intent to connect [Read further...]
New Career Opportunity With MANY
Become A Part of Our Growing Team + Make An Impact Nationally Annually, we are connecting with more than 10,000 providers, researchers, advocates and legislators – building the resiliency of hundreds of organizations, unearthing innovation that leads to massive shifts in the way organizations operate and achieving real changes in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness, abuse, and neglect. At the same time, we are a small team; every new person who joins MANY has a significant impact on charting our future. More positions will be posted soon. See available opportunities below: Director, System Improvement & Youth Homelessness (View All Jobs) [Read further...]
Senate Appropriations Considers FY18 HUD Funding
This week the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee released some details on their Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 HUD funding levels. While these numbers are not final, they do represent the starting point in the Senate. A few notable highlights include: $73 million increase to $2.456 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants $1.07 billion increase to $21.365 billion for Tenant-Based (Section 8) Housing Choice Vouchers $3.6 million for the operation of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and an elimination of the agency’s sunset date. To read more from the appropriates committee, click here.
5 Things You Can Do NOW to Help Homeless Youth Have a Positive School Year
It’s the dog days of summer so most of us don’t even have school on our radars.  But August is the perfect time to start planning for the year ahead.  Education is the key to realizing an independent and healthy adulthood. It sets up access to opportunities for employment and career pathways. If you support a young person who is homeless or unstably housed, then you know firsthand that having a positive educational experience can be elusive from some students.  School absences that result in knowledge gaps, transitions due to moving locations, access to clothing, hygiene and school supplies, unmet [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for August 2017
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for August 2017 Be a 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Youth Service America  is accepting applications for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. With the generous support of State Farm, the program offers organizations funding, recognition, and ongoing training to organize high-impact, high-visibility youth-led projects for Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies build a coalition of K-12 schools, youth development organizations, and community-based organizations in their region to activate youth, ages 5-25, to acquire 21st Century [Read further...]
ICYMI: Announcing The Connection 2017 Catalysts
Links: Tickets | Connection 2017 Home Page Launched in 2014, Connection is more than an event; it’s an experience that convenes our community’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that make a difference in the lives of the communities that we serve. To curate these thought leaders, we rely on a brain trust of Catalysts who have their fingers on the pulse of the field. With Connection 2017 just a few short months away, we are excited to announce the addition of Catalysts to the Connection 2017 experience! Catalysts support the Connection 2017 experience by sharing academic or practice-based innovations, identifying & crafting experiential content, cultivating critical voices, [Read further...]
American Bar Association launches National Homeless Youth Legal Network
Homeless youth in the United States remain a largely invisible segment of the homeless population, though researchers estimate that nearly eight percent of youths experience living on the streets. The importance of legal assistance for youth experiencing homelessness is paramount, and commendably, the American Bar Association (ABA) is working to fill the gap. The ABA is recognized as a leader in addressing the legal needs of vulnerable populations, including homeless youth. Lawyers play a critical role in improving outcomes for homeless youth by enforcing existing laws as well as advancing new policy and removing legal barriers to benefits, education, employment, [Read further...]
A Village of Support for LGBTQI Youth
In the face of a long list of challenges, LGBTQI youth are extremely resilient.  When they experience harassment in schools, youth programs, and other “safe” places, they join together to support one another. We also see this resilience emerge for LGBTQI youth who have experienced rejection from their families. Even though LGBTQI youth who have experienced rejection from their families are: 8 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, Nearly 6 more times as likely to report high levels of depression, More than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs, and 3 times as likely to be at [Read further...]