As LGBT Pride Month comes to a close for 2018, it is a great opportunity for us to honor the strength and resilience of LGBTQ+ youth, and to consider ways we can more effectively meet their needs within our programs. Check out MANY/CCHT’s Shining Light on CSEC Toolkit Module on serving LGBTQI youth, as well as True Colors Inclusion Toolkit and LGBT Youth Resources from the CDC for more information on serving LGBTQ+ youth! In addition, the Family Acceptance Project and Gender Spectrum: Parenting and Family offer best practice information and resources for working with families of LGBTQ+ youth. In [Read further...]
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), making available approximately $2.1 billion. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.
Over the last few weeks MANY has looked at the ways mentoring can positively impact the lives of youth who have been involved in the foster care system. From content to training to supervision and support, the unifying theme that underlies everything we have found is the importance of creating connections for youth who otherwise might be highly disconnected due to their situations. Mentoring is a wonderful way to provide a supportive, caring adult in the lives of youth in foster care, but it is often a temporary relationship delineated by program start and end. What these youth really need are long-term, permanent connections.
Over the last month I’ve been exploring the ways that mentoring professionals can help build effective programs for youth who have been impacted by the foster care system. From focusing on creating long-term connections and support systems, to helping build relational competencies and developing social capital, mentoring programs can play an important role in helping to prepare these young people for transition into the adult world.
Welcome back to the sixth installment of MANY’s Government Relations blog series. Today, we’ll be discussing the House and Senate as they are in the midst of their annual appropriations processes to determine funding levels for federal agencies and programs in Fiscal Year 2019. The House and Senate are in the midst of their annual appropriations processes to determine funding levels for federal agencies and programs in Fiscal Year 2019. Now is a critical time to weigh in with your Senators and Representatives in support of funding that is important to your communities. Below we have outlined the status and prospects [Read further...]
Rural communities have their own unique set of strengths and challenges, especially when working with young people. Close-knit neighborhoods, strong family support systems, and a strong community ethic combine with scarcity of resources, lack of opportunities, and vast geographical service areas to form social systems that require a tailored approach to service delivery. This is especially true when volunteerism is critical – as with mentoring. MANY has prioritized working in rural communities.
Small towns and rural communities have many inherent strengths that youth-serving organizations can draw upon. One is that people often have deep, strong roots there, and are invested in the community in a way that many people don’t feel in urban or suburban communities. “One of the greatest assets in rural communities is that often, generations have lived here, and people share multiple circles that they run in.
Messaging and marketing are key for any mentoring program, but perhaps even more so for rural programs. From recruiting mentors to raising funds to support the agency, messaging and marketing are the activities that keep you in the public eye.
MANY gathers insight from the field around the needs of rural programs, and works with our membership to identify and develop resources specific to the issues rural communities face. It’s our goal, as always, to advance the evidence base for best practices in mentoring, and we look forward to working with rural programs throughout the country to expand resources in this area.
We all talk about collaboration and how it can help improve services, but sometimes it’s just lip service. In rural communities, however, pooling resources with other agencies can be the difference between success and failure. How do you work with other agencies, businesses or organizations in your communities to fulfill your mission?