MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the U.S. We had the privilege of sitting down with Joe Woolley – who is the South Seattle Shelter Program Manager at YouthCare – about the work he is doing to help youth experiencing homelessness in Seattle and this is what he had to say: “Often times we are so caught up in the work WE are doing that we fail to acknowledge the most incredible part of the youth, their resiliency. [Read further...]
MANY is currently hiring…and you don’t have to live in Pittsburgh! Interested in coming to work for MANY? Check out the 4 reasons to apply and the open positions below. 4 Reasons to Work for MANY You will be a part of team that’s having real impact 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 [Read further...]
This month’s meeting explored two pressing questions and began to outline a coordinated research project that could help us shaping our housing resources to improve outcomes for youth. For more information on Coordinated Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness, click here. Q: What is your community’s current or planned relationship between youth coordinated entry systems (CES) and other coordinated entry systems (ie. family, single adults, etc.) A: Hollywood, CA has their coordinator for the single adult system attend coordinated care meetings for their youth CES, and a youth rep will attend the coordinated care meetings for their single adult CES meetings. They [Read further...]
Federal funding has been reduced across the board and funding for youth & families services is no exception. With the unprecedented fiscal landscape, organizations depend on MANY to identify and share potential funding opportunities, as well as effectively prepare them to be competitive through our webinars and proposal review services. Last year, we helped organizations secure more than $40 million in federal funding to support local services. In fact, 82% of organizations who utilized our personal proposal review service were successfully funded in 2015 – the cost effective combination of the webinars and the proposal review service will increase your organization’s ability [Read further...]
This year, #Connection2015 kicked off with speakers challenging the notion of “business as usual” and mapping the changing landscapes youth providers are navigating. This session was designed to challenge our assumptions on topics such as youth employment, serving gender non-conforming youth, and philanthropy. We explored the unique role of art in reframing perspectives in local communities and we even saw a cameo appearance from President Obama. Session II was all about rescuing authenticity in today’s world. Being authentic in our values, in our relationships with those we seek to serve, in our relationships with those with whom we seek to [Read further...]
Homelessness is a devastating circumstance for any child or youth, but for youth on their own, the stresses of homelessness are multiplied. This brief, developed by National Center for Homeless Education, provides specific information about the rights and supports available to unaccompanied homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act. It is designed to assist youth advocates, educational systems, and service providers to support homeless and other youth in vulnerable situations to be engaged in pursuing their education. View NCHE’s brief here. To learn more about the NCHE, visit their website.
NAEHCY (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth) offers this comprehensive resource for to help service providers better understand the policies and resources addressing and supporting unaccompanied youth. The Toolkit can be downloaded at no cost and includes easy reference to the information you need at a click. http://www.naehcy.org/toolkit-shelters?utm_source=FindYouthInfo.gov&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=Did%20You%20Know
This resources, developed by CLASP as part of their “Game Plan” series for low-income adults and youth, lays out the key provisions of the new workforce legislation with a focus on those in positions to support people in accessing resources. Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides more focus on disconnected youth. http://www.clasp.org/resources-and-publications/publication-1/WIOA-and-Human-Services-FINAL.pdf