Since leaving the 2018 NAEH conference, I am now more sure than ever that we can and will end youth homelessness.
Federal funding is increasingly competitive, and funding for youth & families services is no exception. Our Federal Funding Webinar Series will ensure that you have access to the expert knowledge you need to increase your chances of securing funding for your organization. Space is very limited for these webinars – guarantee your spot today by registering at the links below: Street Outreach: Developing a Competitive Application (Date Subject to Change) – April 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT* Basic Center: Developing a Competitive Application (Date Subject to Change) – April 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT* *Dates [Read further...]
Funding ACF Invites Applications to Operate Transitional Living Programs and Maternity Group Homes The intention of ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau’s TLP and MGH grant programs are to implement, enhance, and/or support effective strategies for successful transition to sustainable living for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to under 22 and/or pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent child(ren). Both projects must provide safe, stable, and appropriate shelter for 18 months. Deadline: April 5, 2018 More info: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CX-1352 Request for Applications Seeks Jurisdictions for Multi-System Improvement Training The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, in partnership [Read further...]
Welcome back to the third installment of MANY’s Government Relations blog series. In January, we briefed you on spending caps and how they affect discretionary funding. We also briefed you on the FY18 Government Shutdown, which ended on Monday, January 22nd, 2018. Today, we'll be discussing the budget deal, along with the President's FY19 Budget Proposal.
MANY and the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) at Wichita State University are excited to announce the launch of a Youth Catalyst Team (YCT), a leadership development opportunity for young people with lived experience. MANY and CCHT will train, prepare, and position Youth Catalysts as subject matter experts (SME’s), to enhance program practices and further mobilize the field. Youth Catalysts will also partner with MANY and CCHT in developing tools and resources that make a positive and tangible impact for youth and families across the country. Youth Catalysts are PAID consultants doing incredibly important work to prevent and end [Read further...]
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...]
Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” It is with this belief that we recognize Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February as an opportunity to educate ourselves and those around us about the prevalence of teen dating violence. Each year it is estimated that 1.5 million high school students in our country experience physical abuse from a dating partner. There are many resources available to provide support to victims and assist service providers and communities in their efforts to decrease the prevalence of dating violence among young people. [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.