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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...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Omaha, Nebraska
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 Abby Lathrop, the Chief Program Officer at one of our member organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, to talk more about her thoughts on what makes for a good staff person/mentor that works with youth: Q: What do you look for in staff and mentors who work with youth? Abby: “I think when we look for staff and mentors we look for [Read further...]
Collaborative Work: Part 2 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
This blog post is Part 2 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. If we have heard it once we have heard it a hundred times – non-profits need to collaborate. Though this is true, it becomes an empty request from a funder when true partnership or collaboration is not feasible, possible, or the best solution, and frankly, it can run against what an agency is trying to achieve. Can agencies and youth service programs work in silos [Read further...]
Strategic Planning: Part 1 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
Strategic Planning: Part 1 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable This blog post is Part 1 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. Most agencies participate in a strategic planning process, which many times include the key stakeholders of the agency and/or of the youth program they operate. (Strategic plans can be and should be considered at a program level as appropriate – especially for large multi-service agencies). The purpose of the plan is [Read further...]
How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable Kristen Truffa, Associate Director at MANY Network – www.manynet.org Services for youth are an integral component of any community. Schools are a prime example – a required service geared to support the positive development of youth. Some communities have much more to offer, such as community sports, after school programs, or a community center. What becomes challenging is when these resources are limited, not geared to support youth with risk factors, and when youth are not accessing these supports. This is when the faith and community-based agencies, many times in partnership with [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO as part of our #MANYRoadTrip MANY is traveling all across the country this fall, 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 Chris Nelson, the Director of Programs at one of our member organizations, Attention Homes in Boulder, CO, to talk more about his thoughts on youth services, his program, and the rewards and challenges of his work:   Q: What do you appreciate most about [Read further...]