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...]
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...]
15 Talks on Youth and Family Services That Will Pique Your Curiosity
Here are 15 talks on youth and family services that will pique your curiosity, teach you something new, and give you a new perspective on your organization and the population that it serves. These video/audio talks are organized as follows (click on the category to jump to that section): Section Categories (Click To Jump To Section): Talks On How To Use Technology In Innovative Ways In Social Services Talks On How To Tell People The Story of Your Organization Talks On Policies Important To Youth Services Talks On How To Strengthen Your Organization Talks That Will Inspire You Enjoy the talks and be [Read further...]
Toolkit: Intimate LGBTQ Partner Violence in Relationships
Addressing Intimate LGBTQ Partner Violence in Relationships – Community Action Toolkit These two toolkits help to address intimate LGBTQ Partner Violence in relationships. They are from The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, an organization that works to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. They also provide information about intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships and against people of color. To view the toolkits, click below: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Against Transgender People Community Action Toolkit Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Against People of Color
Improving Services for Youth Who Are LGBT in Juvenile Justice Systems Fact Sheet This fact sheet serves as a resource to enhance the capacity of State and local administrators and practitioners to improve policies and practices that promote the safe, inclusive treatment of youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in juvenile justice systems. The document explores the experiences of youth who are LGBT generally, their entry into and experiences within juvenile justice systems, and recommendations for policy and practice. Additional resources for improving juvenile justice services are presented at the end of the document. To view the [Read further...]
At the Intersections: A Report on LGBTQ youth homelessness LGBTQ youth homelessness is a very serious and under-addressed issue in our society. Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing a disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth in our country today.  According to service providers, an estimated 20-40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, while only 7-10% of the general youth population identifies as such. In 2006, the National LGBTQ Task Force released their pioneering report Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness. In the 10 years since, we are both [Read further...]
How Can Mentors Serve as Advocates for LGBTQ Youth?
One of the most interesting findings coming out of David DuBois’ 2011 meta-analysis of youth mentoring evaluations was the fact that program impact seemed to be stronger in programs where the mentors took on an advocacy role in working with their mentees. While this advocacy was somewhat undefined in the meta-analysis report, it sparked a wave of interest across the field about how mentors could be used more purposefully to “advocate” on behalf of the youth they serve. In this piece, Christian Rummell, one of the leading experts on providing mentoring for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth, [Read further...]
On May 21, 2015, Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series presented a webinar on Welcoming LGBTQ Youth in Mentoring Programs. Many adults working in the field of positive youth development take it for granted that youth cannot succeed to their full potential in unsafe environments. The staff of youth programs therefore strive to create an environment that supports the unique needs of each individual child. Some youth, however, have invisible needs. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) youth are often a hidden population – individuals in this community must choose to disclose their identities for them to be known. Regardless of a [Read further...]