Organizational Development

In It For The Long Haul: Creating + Sustaining Long-Term Relationships For Foster Youth
Over the last few weeks MANY has looked at the ways mentoring can positively impact the lives of youth who have been involved in the foster care system. From content to training to supervision and support, the unifying theme that underlies everything we have found is the importance of creating connections for youth who otherwise might be highly disconnected due to their situations. Mentoring is a wonderful way to provide a supportive, caring adult in the lives of youth in foster care, but it is often a temporary relationship delineated by program start and end. What these youth really need are long-term, permanent connections.[1]
Federal Funding Update –  Call to Action to Support FY2019 Funding
Welcome back to the sixth installment of MANY’s Government Relations blog series. Today, we’ll be discussing the House and Senate as they are in the midst of their annual appropriations processes to determine funding levels for federal agencies and programs in Fiscal Year 2019. The House and Senate are in the midst of their annual appropriations processes to determine funding levels for federal agencies and programs in Fiscal Year 2019.  Now is a critical time to weigh in with your Senators and Representatives in support of funding that is important to your communities. Below we have outlined the status and prospects [Read further...]
Nonprofit Funding, Events, and Jobs – June 2018
Funding HHS Invites Applications to Provide Crisis Support Including Temporary Shelter for Runaway and Homeless Youth Through the Basic Center Program, HHS, ACF, ACYF Family and Youth Services Bureau works to establish or strengthen community programs to meet the emergency needs of youth under age 18 who have runaway, have been forced to leave home, or other homeless youth who might end up being involved in public systems such as juvenile justice and child welfare. Deadline: July 5, 2018 Read more » OJJDP Invites Applications for 2018 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative As part of its overall strategy to support mentoring [Read further...]
Request for Proposal: National Awareness Campaign
Request for Proposal: National Awareness Campaign   1. Summary MANY and Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) are interested in creating an awareness campaign designed to raise public awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking. 2. Project Background MANY is a national organization that engages stakeholders across sectors to strengthen outcomes for youth and young adults. We work with thousands of youth service agencies across the country as we cultivate evidence, unearth and share innovation, improve outcomes, and increase cross-sector collaboration. The Wichita State Center for Combating Human Trafficking bridges the gap [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “How To Apply Big Data To Your Work (Cheaply)” by Alison Alvarez
 About The Speaker Alison Alvarez is the CEO and co-founder of BlastPoint.  She spent years building big data tools for large companies and noticed that there was nothing comparable for smaller organizations without data professionals. She built BlastPoint to address those needs by making data affordable and accessible through the magic of maps. About Connection 2017 The Connection 2017 experience took place in Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more about the event, visit http://connection17.manynet.org today. About The Talk More and more, the term “big data” is thrown around in every industry imaginable, but what does it mean for youth-serving organizations? In this [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Live Your Truth: How Your Passion + Purpose Will Change Your Life” by Jasiri X
 About The Speaker Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “What I Learned From My Millennial Interns” by Grace Franklin-Gross
 About The Speaker A young New Orleans native, Grace Franklin-Gross currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans’ juvenile public defender. As an adopted only child of a state social worker and single mother, she grew up exposed to the harsh realities many youth face. Her personal journey of being disconnected from school and work and her deep empathy ignite her passion to bridge the communication gaps between young people and those who serve them. She has helped lead many important conversations about youth empowerment and engagement at a local and [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Deconstructing Failure: Why It’s Crucial To Your Success” by Vikki Lassiter, MS
 About The Speaker Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist, provides strategic direction for stakeholder outreach and expanding Measure of America’s collaborative advantage to support research, advocacy, and bottom-up innovation. Previously, Vikki was the senior advisor and executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network based at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Vikki’s prior work has focused on a number of issues related to change management, health equity, and community-partnered research. Vikki earned an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. About Connection 2017 The Connection [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Pursuing Your Firm Persuasion: Combating Human Trafficking and The Criminalization of Kids in ‘Care'”
About The Speaker Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm serves as the Founder and Executive Director to the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). With a passion to better serve high-risk marginalized populations, Karen works to bridge the gap between direct practice, academia, research, and policy. Karen has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many honors and awards, for doing just that — particularly for her specialization in working with homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) and young people who are at-risk of, or subjugated to, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and other forms of exploitation. About Connection 2017 The [Read further...]
Nonprofit Funding, Events, and Jobs – April 2018
Funding Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking Funding will support mentoring and other needed support services, including the development or enhancement of mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices, to focus on the needs of youth who are at risk for or are victims of commercial sexual exploitation/ domestic sex trafficking. OJJDP expects to make up to three awards of up to $450,000 each. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. ET on May 15, 2018. Read more »   Events Street Outreach: Developing a Competitive Application (Date Subject to Change) [Read further...]