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Discovery Session Recap: Voices of Youth Count (VOYC) Study
The opportunity to leverage the national estimates brief combined with available local data to frame awareness and sustainable solutions to end youth homelessness resonated with members participating on the Discovery Session on the recently released Voices of Youth Count (VOYC) Study. Setting the context by reviewing the five key findings of the study, Matt Morton of Chapin Hall emphasized the hidden nature and fluidity of the experiences captured through surveys and in-depth interviews of youth over the course of 12 months. Listening to Matt’s presentation, I was startled at the rate of new incidents of youth experiencing homelessness. The study [Read further...]
Prepare for the Federal Grant Writing Season Before It Begins
Two things about this year’s funding: We anticipate the funding announcements may be released earlier than they have been in the past (potentially late winter). We anticipate the competition to be extremely tight. In 2017, 27% of Basic Center Program (BCP) grantees lost funding.  Even more striking, 81% of Street Outreach Program (SOP) grantees lost funding. The Transitional Living Program (TLP) situation isn’t much easier. Just over 100 TLP grantees are expiring in 2018, while FYSB expects to make only 75 awards. With the competition so high, writing a perfect grant is more important than ever. To be successful, it is [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for December 2017
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for December 2017 OVW Invites Applications for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), invites application under its Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations program to develop and  implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in underserved populations. Note that detailed eligibility restrictions are defined for this invitation.  Deadline:  January 26, 2018 Read more » Proposals Invited for Collaborative Efforts that Foster [Read further...]
We’re Hiring!
Grant Reviewers (View All Jobs) Overview MANY is seeking experienced, articulate, detail-oriented leaders to join our highly successful team of grant reviewers. These are part-time, contract positions that are ideal for people interested in a flexible schedule. MANY is a national nonprofit that engages stakeholders across sectors to strengthen outcomes of youth and young adults at highest risk for victimization and/or delinquency. We build the resiliency of local providers and their ability to provide effective services in a rapidly changing environment. Our proposal review services provide individualized feedback to applicants which helps them develop competitive grant applications. Our experienced team [Read further...]
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...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts on Youth Services from Wilkes-Barre, PA
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 Amanda Sivco and Tanya Olaviany – who work at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (a program of member organization Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton) – about what drives them to continue their commitment to the work and to the community. This is what they had to say: “We, as a staff, feel that we are chipper and [Read further...]
Webinar Recording – Wide Open Spaces: Bridging the Resource Gap in Rural Mentoring
Webinar Recording – Wide Open Spaces: Bridging the Resource Gap in Rural Mentoring Implementing a mentoring program comes with many challenges, including recruiting the right volunteers, enlisting youth into the program, and ensuring that matches have the support they need to thrive and endure. In rural communities, some of these challenges are even more difficult as programs deal with small populations from which to recruit, vast service areas with few population centers, transportation issues, and limited community resources. This webinar builds on OJJDP’s  National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) webinar, Mentoring in Rural Communities: Traveling the Distance to Facilitate Your Program training by the [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...]
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for November 2017
Non-Profit Funding, Events, & Job Postings for November 2017 Katie’s Krops Accepting Applications for Youth Garden Grants Katie’s Krops is accepting applications from youth between the ages of 9 and 16 for grants to start a Katie’s Krops vegetable garden in their community with the purpose of donating the whole harvest to people in need. Selected applicants will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $500), support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Deadline: December 31, 2017 Read more »   Events RHY Grantee Conference [Read further...]
Building on the Assets of Rural Communities to Support Your Mentoring Program
Spacious skies, waves of grain, majestic mountains. Much of the narrative that shapes our views of the United States is built on images of rural America. It is where we began, and idyllic notions of small-town life still resonate. As compelling as these images can be, the reality is that rural communities face challenges that may be difficult for those living in urban settings to understand. In spite of these realities, rural communities draw from their many strengths, and benefit from strong community connections and family networks. While only about 20% of the US population lives in rural areas, these [Read further...]