News Archives

News Archives

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Right on the Money: Get People to Sleep Out for Your Cause

December 23, 2011

A “sleep out” fund raiser can raise thousands of dollars for your organization and garner lots of publicity for the cause of runaway and homeless youth.

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Best of NCFY 2011: A Plethora of Videos

December 23, 2011

This month, we’re highlighting the best NCFY Web content of the past year. NCFY dived into video-producing this year, putting together three video series in which we talked to youth workers and young people.

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Primary Sources: Trauma and Homelessness in the Lives of LGBTQ Youth

December 22, 2011

A report discusses the reasons lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth become homeless and the special challenges they face  on the street.

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Q&A: Nicole Matthews and Guadalupe Lopez of Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

December 21, 2011

NCFY speaks to two authors of a recent study to learn more about the role that youth workers can play in combating sexual violence.

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Hotline Numbers Every Youth Should Have

December 20, 2011

Many communities report a spike in the number of youth who run away as the holidays approach, due to conflict at home and problems at school. If you know young people at risk for running away, give them these numbers so they can call or text for help when they need it.

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Q&A: Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom on Choosing the Right Outcome-Measurement Tool

December 19, 2011

NCFY spoke with Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom, a lead author of the report "From Soft Skills to Hard Data," to learn how youth-serving programs can measure the effectiveness of what they do.

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Best of NCFY 2011: Off-Beat Ideas, From Libraries to Laughter

December 16, 2011

This month, we’re highlighting the best NCFY Web content of the past year. The Beat news column launched in November 2010 with the redesign of our site. Over the past year or so, we’ve featured bright ideas from youth-serving agencies across the country. Read on for some of the most off-beat, interesting ones.

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Get Live NCFY Support Everywhere You Go Using Your iPhone or Android Smartphone

December 15, 2011

Now you can use your smartphone to chat with a live NCFY representative Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We'll answer your questions on youth work strategies, funding opportunities, and new research and resources. Click the live chat link in our website banner to get started.

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Bright Idea: Spread Holiday Joy to Youth While Staying Out of the Red

December 14, 2011

Two FYSB grantees offer tips for giving holiday gifts without breaking the bank.

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Ask NCFY: Providing Support and Respect for Young People Living with HIV

December 13, 2011

To support young people living with HIV, first take stock of their situation, says Latisha James, who coordinates a Washington, DC, program for young people living with or at-risk for contracting HIV. “Most people want to find youth medical care right away,” James says. “But before starting medical treatment, you want to make sure young people are ready to accept it.” Read on for her advice.

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CBS Covers Family Homelessness in Florida

December 12, 2011

60 Minutes and other CBS news programs shine a light on family homelessness and what one public school system in Florida is doing to help children and youth without homes.

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Best of NCFY 2011: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Series

December 9, 2011

This month, we’re highlighting the best NCFY Web content of the past year, including an award-winning series of articles on teen pregnancy prevention.

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Q&A: Kathryn S. Krase on Mandated Reporting for Youth-Serving Organizations

December 7, 2011

The co-author of “Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Practical Guide for Social Workers” talks about what youth-serving organizations need to do – both legally and ethically – to protect the young people they work with.

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Webinar on Helping Homeless Students Access Higher Education

December 6, 2011

A December 8 webinar from the National Center for Homeless Education can help youth workers support homeless youth who are thinking about or already attending college.

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MTV and GEMS Team up to Stop Human Trafficking

December 2, 2011

A new campaign against human trafficking coordinated by MTV, GEMS and two other leading organizations in the fight to expose and end modern day slavery.

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Primary Sources: Screening Youth for Sex Trafficking

December 1, 2011

A new report brings to light the pervasive problem of sex trafficking in Alabama's Jefferson County and addresses the role social service agencies play in working with sexually trafficked runaway and homeless youth.

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Q&A: Make Every Day World AIDS Day by Encouraging HIV Testing Year Round

December 1, 2011

We spoke with Michelle Palmer, director of clinical services at Metro Teen AIDS, in Washington, DC, about some of the unique challenges in getting young people to get tested for HIV.

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