News Archives

News Archives

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NCFY Asks: What Would You Do With an Extra Day?

February 29, 2012

Folks who work with homeless youth are often stretched thin. Wouldn’t it be great to have one more day to get everything done?

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Prepare Now for Federal Grant Competition

February 28, 2012

If your youth-serving agency plans to apply for a Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grant (or grants) this spring, it’s not too early to start preparing.

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Teens Speak Out on Cyberbullying

February 27, 2012

Young writers from the online magazine YCTeen recently addressed what constitutes cyberbullying and how to deal with it.

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Primary Sources: Do Teens' Views on Violence Predict Dating Abuse?

February 24, 2012

Researchers surveyed 4,000 urban middle- and high-school students to find out if attitudes about dating violence predicted whether or not teens acted violently toward their romantic partners or became victims of dating violence.

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Q&A: Dave Frederick of The Coffee Oasis on Building Community Relationships

February 23, 2012

Plans to open a new drop-in center for homeless youth in the picturesque waterside town of Poulsbo, WA, have brought concerns and criticism from some citizens and enthusiastic support from others. Dave Frederick, executive director of The Coffee Oasis, the youth-serving group that will operate the center, talked to NCFY about the proactive steps organizations can take to appease fears and develop good relationships in the community.

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Making Health Clinic Visits Less Scary for Youth

February 16, 2012

Community Healthcare Network, based in New York City, released a series of PSAs written by and starring young people encouraging sexual health and responsibility.

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Primary Sources: Peer Education in Dating Violence Prevention

February 15, 2012

Researchers talked to leaders in the field of youth dating violence prevention to learn the pros and cons of using teens to educate their peers.

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Q&A: Megan McKenna on Legal Aid for Undocumented Youth

February 14, 2012

Each year, thousands of youth come to the United States illegally without a parent or guardian. Many of them wind up in immigration court without a lawyer to help them navigate the system. To find out what youth workers can do to help these young people, NCFY spoke with Megan McKenna, who directs communications and advocacy for Kids in Need of Defense, a nonprofit that arranges free legal representation for undocumented, unaccompanied youth.

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Bright Idea: Use This iPhone App to Learn About Digital Abuse

February 13, 2012

Controlling behavior and emotional abuse in teen dating relationships are nothing new. But technologies like smart phones, texting and social networking sites have made young people vulnerable to new avenues of harassment and abuse—because abusers can reach them anytime, anywhere.

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'The State of Young America: Economic Barriers to the American Dream'

February 9, 2012

A new report on the economic state of young Americans includes personal stories and the results of a poll that captures the circumstances of 18- to 34-year-olds.

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Q&A: Heather Higgins of The Upside Down Organization on the Teen Brain and Trauma

February 8, 2012

NCFY spoke with Heather Higgins about adolescent brain development, trauma and healthy ways to stimulate a young person's frontal lobes.

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Primary Sources: How Can Residential Treatment Help Sexually Exploited Girls?

February 7, 2012

Young people who have been sexually exploited often run away from a residential treatment program and return to the streets.They may also lack engagement in the program, behave aggressively and abuse substances. Learn what administrators at Germaine Lawrence, a residential treatment facility for adolescent young women in Massachusetts, did to prevent these situations.

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Right on the Money: Youth-serving Agencies Raise Money on Groupon

February 6, 2012

The nationwide deal-a-day site Groupon -- with more than 100 million subscribers -- recently launched a program called “G-Team,” offering nonprofits a chance to raise money and reach people they may never have reached before. NCFY asks two youth-serving agencies that have taken advantage of the opportunity to share their tips.

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Primary Sources: Predicting How Youth Will Fare When They Exit Independent Living Programs

February 3, 2012

Youth-workers often want to see the best outcomes for the youth clients that they work with, especially when youth are getting ready to leave the program. A new research study uncovers what factors predict how youth will fare on their own. 


Child and Youth Homelessness Report Card

February 2, 2012

A new report from the Campaign to End Child Homelessness documents the number of homeless children in every state.

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