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...]
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.
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.
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.
To be an effective mentor, one must have a genuine interest in a young person and their future. Mentors must also be prepared to take on the responsibility that comes with being present in their mentee’s life. Failing to meet these commitments can have devastating results for youth, particularly those who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. Victim/survivors likely have experience with adults who have exited their lives abruptly, broken promises, or otherwise let them down.
Webinar Recording Release: 2018 Federal Funding Webinar Webinar Description: The changing federal landscape has and will have an impact on federal funding for youth programs. This webinar reviewed the 2018 federal budget and examined the implications for both current and prospective grantees. Given the unprecedented environment, information on potential impacts can support organizations in effectively planning on funding moving forward. This webinar is designed to help you succeed in this highly competitive environment. It will help you to understand and creatively take advantage of the funding to be released during the 2018 grant season and look forward to future years. [Read further...]
The government shutdown ended on the evening of Monday, January 22 after less than 72 hours. The shutdown impacted only a single work day and is unlikely to dramatically derail federal agencies’ program plans. The shutdown was resolved after a bipartisan group of approximately 30 Senators negotiated a deal to fund the government through February 8. In exchange, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has offered his firm commitment to hold a vote on protections for young immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” who came to the country illegally as children but had received protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Welcome back to the second installment of MANY’s Government Relations blog series. In December, we briefed you on the status FY2018 federal funding, including tables with the specific funding levels under consideration.
Today, the funding conversation in Washington is focused on raising the overall topline limits (or “caps”) on spending, so that Congress can pay for all of its priorities in FY2018. Funding for federal programs in FY18 will not be finalized until these caps are lifted. However, raising the spending caps is complicated, and the debate has become inexorably linked with the negotiations on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, increased border security, and funding for President Trump’s southern border wall.
Today’s post is written by Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm and Bailey Patton Brackin, LMSW from the Wichita State University’s Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). CCHT provides education, training, consultation, research, and public policy services to build the capacity for effective anti-trafficking prevention, intervention, and aftercare responses. Nationally, January is known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. As with most concentrated awareness efforts, this time of year usually results in sudden rise of increased attention from the media, concerned citizens, political officials, and others in the community. While it would be easy for those of us engaged in anti-trafficking work day-to-day [Read further...]
January 2018 – Non-Profit Funding Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program Solicitation This program is authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (34 U.S.C. § 12341). Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas. Deadline: January 31, 2018 Read more » January 2018 & Beyond – Upcoming Non-Profit Events National Mentoring Summit January 24-26, 2018 Renaissance Hotel Washington, DC Read more » 2018 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness March 1-2, 2018 Westin Bonadventure Hoteland [Read further...]