Youth Development

Breaking: Results from Unprecedented National Survey on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness
Led by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Voices of Youth Count is an initiative to understand, address and prevent youth homelessness. Chapin Hall, using its substantial research and policy assets, has conducted the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. This research creates a foundation on which we can build solutions – effective policies and practices – to end homelessness for young people.  Today, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released results from an unprecedented national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in the United States. The study, Missed Opportunities: [Read further...]
Mi Hermana’s Keeper Toolkit – Outcomes Of The Family Keys Program
Developed by MANY member agency Southwest Key Programs, the recently released Mi Hermana’s Keeper Toolkit is a promising practice guide that was developed based on a qualitative research study of the outcomes of the Family Keys Program, an OJJDP Best Practice Model created by Southwest to keep Latina youth from becoming formally involved with the juvenile justice system. The Mi Hermana’s Keeper Toolkit is for service providers, program administrators, researchers, policy analysts, and key stakeholders who are supporting Latina youth in prevention programs that aim to decrease the number of youth being referred to or placed in the juvenile justice [Read further...]
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...]
May Is National Foster Care Awareness Month
May marks National Foster Care Awareness Month, which acknowledges foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is “Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families,” which emphasizes the importance of identifying, developing, and supporting prospective and current foster parents and kinship caregivers. The website highlights best practices that have resulted in new and strengthened recruitment and retention strategies. Access the resources at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/resources/. Resources are available for the following groups through childwelfare.gov: For Parents For [Read further...]
April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which aims to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause. The theme of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative continues to mirror the theme of the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, “Building Community, Building Hope.” By ensuring that parents, caregivers, and other supportive adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful [Read further...]
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Statistics
February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. As we think about these issues and how to solve them, it is important to educate ourselves and others on a problem that has, in recent years, become very widespread. Here are some facts about teen dating violence from loveisrespect.org. Teen Dating Violence Is A Common Problem Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of [Read further...]
February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Along with Black History Month, February also marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Start The Conversation For the past ten years, Break the Cycle and [Read further...]
Best of 2016 On MANYnet.org: Your Favorite Nonprofit News, Resources, & More
2016 MANYnet.org: Your Favorite Nonprofit News, Resources, & More It’s that time of year once again to take stock and look back at the achievements and happenings of the 2016! Here are some of your favorite nonprofit news articles, resources, and news stories from 2016 as determined by eMessage subscribers and visitors to MANYnet.org. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our eMessages here.  Jump To: 2016 Best Of: Most Popular Articles on MANYnet.org 2016 Best Of: Most Popular Resources from eMessages 2016 Best Of: Most Popular News Articles from eMessages   1. White Paper: Improving Community Responses Employment [Read further...]
What’s Next? The Federal Landscape and Beyond: 7 Emerging and Persistent Trends Impacting Youth Across the Country
What’s Next? The Federal Landscape and Beyond: 7 Emerging and Persistent Trends Impacting Youth Across the Country In September 2016, 54 youth service organizations from 24 states took the time to collaboratively identify current environmental trends, implications for youth and providers, and practical actions we can take in response to – or better yet in anticipation of – these trends. As a part of this discussion, we invited a few guests with expertise in some of the recurring trend areas to share with us their “deep dive” knowledge.  These included a federal landscape briefing, exploring the intersection of juvenile justice [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Brattleboro, VT
Pictured (Left to Right): Kimberley Diemond (Director of Mentoring at BBBS) and Gina Graciano (Program Coordinator at BBBS); Gina Graciano (Program Coordinator at BBBS) and Tracy Binet-Perrin (Counselor at the Green Street School) As part of our #OneOfMANY series, 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 country. We had the privilege of sitting down with one of our member organizations and a partner in their community to talk more about what makes for a successful collaboration between two youth-focused organizations. Big [Read further...]