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Teach Teens to ‘Let Their Hearts Rule’: Mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

January 31, 2012

February will once again mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and this year's theme is 'Let Your Heart Rule,' a call to help every young person recognize that any kind of abuse in relationships is not acceptable.

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Ask NCFY: How Can Transitional Living Programs Keep Landlords Happy?

January 31, 2012

NCFY talks to Megan Burr, of Community Youth Services in Olympia, WA, about how transitional living programs can pave the way for smoother relationships between youth and their landlords.

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Financial Literacy Tips for Young Adults

January 27, 2012

NPR features a series of videos and articles to help young adults understand and manage their finances.

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Primary Sources: Do Homeless Youth with Abuse Histories Want Help Dealing with Trauma?

January 26, 2012

Researchers in Salt Lake City asked homeless youth about their histories of abuse and whether they wanted help dealing with it.

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Bright Idea: Finding Creative Ways to Engage Homeless Youth

January 25, 2012

At the Orion Center in Seattle, young people learn yoga, rock climbing and knitting. They make greeting cards and mosaics, and play guitar or drums during jam sessions with professional musicians. But Director Ruth Blaw is quick to emphasize, “We’re not a rec center.”

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New Year's Resolutions for Youth Workers: 3. Write an Elevator Speech

January 24, 2012

An elevator speech -- a short pitch about what your organization does and why you do it -- is a great way to promote your work to potential donors and supporters.

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Primary Sources: Patterns of Youth Homelessness Over Time

January 23, 2012

A new study is one of the first to look at patterns of youth homelessness over time. It highlights what factors help predict whether young people find reliable housing or become chronically homeless.

Toolkits on Helping Homeless Youth Stay in School (and Go to College)

January 20, 2012

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth has released three new toolkits on how to support unaccompanied homeless youth, who don't live with their families, in school and out. The toolkits are aimed at high school staff, youth workers and college financial aid administrators. Read on for links.

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Ask NCFY: Meeting the Needs of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth

January 19, 2012

NCFY answers a question about how youth workers can better serve transgender youth and other young people who don't meet society's expectations about how boys and girls should act and dress.

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New Year's Resolutions for Youth Workers: 2. Raise More Money

January 18, 2012

Want to learn more about fundraising in the new year? NCFY's got a ton of resources to help youth workers raise money for their organizations. Read on for links to all our fundraising- and sustainability-related content.

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Finding Federal Funds

January 13, 2012

Resources from and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness make finding federal funding opportunities easier for youth-serving agencies.

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Primary Sources: Canine-Assisted Therapy as Trauma-Informed Care

January 12, 2012

Youth workers may not understand why so many homeless youth have dogs. This study describes the effects over time of an intervention of canine-assisted therapy for adolescent girls who experienced trauma from sexual abuse and were either at high risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or had already developed PTSD symptoms.

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Get the Facts About Food Stamps and Homelessness

January 11, 2012

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called SNAP or food stamps, helps bring healthy food to those who can't afford it. But many eligible people -- including homeless youth -- don't realize they qualify. A new fact sheet demystifies SNAP eligibility.

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New Year's Resolutions for Youth Workers: 1. Learn More About Trauma-Informed Care

January 10, 2012

Need help coming up with resolutions this year? NCFY recommends a few topics you can learn more about, with our help. First up: Trauma-informed care.

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Latest Statistics on Bullying at School

January 9, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics recently released “Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber Bullying: Results From the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.”

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Primary Sources: Preventing Violence at Multiple Levels

January 6, 2012

A fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes how to use the "social ecological" model to prevent violence.

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Guidance for Youth on High-Demand Health Careers

January 5, 2012

A new podcast series introduces young adults to careers in health care.

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Primary Sources: Understanding the Continuum of Evidence-based Programming

January 4, 2012

As researchers improve our knowledge of what strategies work in health and human services, practitioners need to understand how evaluators decide whether a program or practice is effective.

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Right on the Money: Five Fundraising Resolutions for the New Year

January 3, 2012

We asked fundraising consultant Kim Klein what five resolutions youth-serving nonprofits should make in 2012 to help them boost the amount they raise from individuals.

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