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Now Open: Limited Enrollment for The 2018-19 Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative
MANY is excited to open a limited enrollment period for our 2018-19 Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative Cohort! If you are interested in joining, please click here today.   What is the Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC)? In 2015, MANY gathered with youth providers in 31 states to understand the current landscape, identify existing evidence, and begin to unearth promising innovations. Two key takeaways from these gatherings emerged: Deeply coordinated community responses – integrated identification, assessment, service provision, and data – is a new approach for most communities and particularly for this population. As a result, questions are more prevalent than answers as [Read further...]
Request for Proposal: National Awareness Campaign
Request for Proposal: National Awareness Campaign   1. Summary MANY and Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) are interested in creating an awareness campaign designed to raise public awareness of commercial sexual exploitation of children and domestic minor sex trafficking. 2. Project Background MANY is a national organization that engages stakeholders across sectors to strengthen outcomes for youth and young adults. We work with thousands of youth service agencies across the country as we cultivate evidence, unearth and share innovation, improve outcomes, and increase cross-sector collaboration. The Wichita State Center for Combating Human Trafficking bridges the gap [Read further...]
Intensive Services & Mentoring Support Positive Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care
Intensive Services & Mentoring Support Positive Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care National Foster Care Awareness Month Blog Series (Part 2 of 5) Click For Previous Blogs In Series Last week, I talked about building connections for youth in foster care through mentoring. Some recent studies have pointed toward best practices when working with foster youth, including facilitating supportive relationships with mentors, program staff, and caring family members. One of the ways to do this organically is to enlist supportive adults who are already a part of the young person’s life; another is to “scaffold” supportive relationships through formal mentoring [Read further...]
Building Connections to Better Serve Youth in Foster Care
Building Connections to Better Serve Youth in Foster Care National Foster Care Awareness Month Blog Series (Part 1 of 5) Click For Other Blogs In Series Mentoring is essentially about relationships. More than meeting program goals or benchmarks, the real benefit of mentoring comes from the relationship built between the youth and the mentor over time. It is this relationship that fosters positive youth development, skill-building, and personal growth that are the touchstones of the mentoring model. Benefits of having a mentor include improved academic outcomes, increased relationship skills, enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence, improved behavior and interpersonal skills, and a [Read further...]
Nonprofit Funding, Events, and Jobs – May 2018
Funding HHS ACF Invites Applications to Operate Street Outreach Programs The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds under the Street Outreach Program (SOP). SOPs work to increase young people’s personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices and to provide them access to shelter and services which include: [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Why I Believe In The Healing Power of Art” by Vanessa German
 About The Speaker Vanessa German is an American sculptor, painter, writer, activist, performer, and poet based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her sculpture often includes assembled statues of female figures created with their heads/ faces painted black and a wide range of attached objects flowing outward including fabric, keys, found objects, and toy weapons. Her work is held in numerous permanent collections including the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has been reviewed by Sculpture and discussed in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “How To Apply Big Data To Your Work (Cheaply)” by Alison Alvarez
 About The Speaker Alison Alvarez is the CEO and co-founder of BlastPoint.  She spent years building big data tools for large companies and noticed that there was nothing comparable for smaller organizations without data professionals. She built BlastPoint to address those needs by making data affordable and accessible through the magic of maps. About Connection 2017 The Connection 2017 experience took place in Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more about the event, visit http://connection17.manynet.org today. About The Talk More and more, the term “big data” is thrown around in every industry imaginable, but what does it mean for youth-serving organizations? In this [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Live Your Truth: How Your Passion + Purpose Will Change Your Life” by Jasiri X
 About The Speaker Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “What I Learned From My Millennial Interns” by Grace Franklin-Gross
 About The Speaker A young New Orleans native, Grace Franklin-Gross currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans’ juvenile public defender. As an adopted only child of a state social worker and single mother, she grew up exposed to the harsh realities many youth face. Her personal journey of being disconnected from school and work and her deep empathy ignite her passion to bridge the communication gaps between young people and those who serve them. She has helped lead many important conversations about youth empowerment and engagement at a local and [Read further...]
#ConnectionPGH Talk: “Deconstructing Failure: Why It’s Crucial To Your Success” by Vikki Lassiter, MS
 About The Speaker Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist, provides strategic direction for stakeholder outreach and expanding Measure of America’s collaborative advantage to support research, advocacy, and bottom-up innovation. Previously, Vikki was the senior advisor and executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network based at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Vikki’s prior work has focused on a number of issues related to change management, health equity, and community-partnered research. Vikki earned an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. About Connection 2017 The Connection [Read further...]