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FYSB is Looking for a Division Director. Join the FYSB Team!

March 30, 2012

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! As a Supervisory Adolescent Development and Support Program Specialist at the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Department of Health and Human Services, you will serve as Director of the Division responsible for performing a variety of complex services related to runaway homeless youth and teen pregnancy prevention programs.

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Q&A: When It Comes to Sex, African American Teens Feel 'Under Pressure'

March 29, 2012

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently teamed up with ESSENCE magazine on a survey of 1,500 black youth to better understand their attitudes on sex, dating and the media. NCFY spoke with Paula Parker-Sawyers, who directs outreach and partnerships at the National Campaign, about the survey and how youth workers can best help all young people avoid unintended pregnancy.

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Making Sure Your Domestic Violence Program is Trauma-informed

March 27, 2012

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health offers trainings, tools, publications, and webinars to help victims of trauma and the programs that support them.

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New NCFY Publication: Building Permanent Connections for At-risk Youth

March 26, 2012

In a new issue of The Exchange, NCFY's e-magazine for youth workers, we focus on ways to achieve and improve permanent connections for runaway and homeless youth. We talk to one organization that has made permanent connections a fundamental goal in all aspects of its services. We also hear about the benefits and challenges of housing young homeless couples together. And we look at how gender-specific programming can help boys and girls express themselves, build camaraderie, and learn to develop healthy, lasting relationships.

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Choosing the Right Evaluation Tool

March 23, 2012

Three guides to help you select the best tools for measuring your program's effectiveness.

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Bright Idea: Tattoo Removal Creates a ‘Clean Slate’ for Former Gang Members in Search of Jobs

March 22, 2012

Free or low-cost tattoo removal programs like the one at Social Advocates for Youth in Santa Rosa, CA, offer former gang members a chance to make a fresh start and gain meaningful employment.

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Q&A: Lawanda Ravoira of the National Girls Institute on Helping Girls Steer Clear of the Juvenile Justice System

March 21, 2012

Girls who wind up in the juvenile justice system have much higher rates of trauma and victimization than boys, says Lawanda Ravoira, director of the National Girls Institute. And programs for homeless youth can help girls by taking into account their need to connect.

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Primary Sources: Understanding Social Networks Among Homeless Youth

March 20, 2012

Who are homeless youth connected to socially, how do those connections get made, and how do they help or hurt youth? To answer those questions, researchers interviewed 19 homeless youth, ages 14 to 21.

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Q&A: How Fresno’s Safe Place Program Gets Everyone Into the Business of Helping Youth

March 19, 2012

In California’s Fresno County, teens who need a safe place to go have 263 options. The county participates in the Safe Place program, a national initiative that gives youth ages 11 to 17 somewhere to get help when they can’t go home. In honor of National Safe Place Week, March 18-24, NCFY spoke with Joe Martinez, who coordinates Fresno’s Safe Place network, one of the largest in the nation.

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Primary Sources: The Experience of Traveling Homeless Youth

March 16, 2012

Some may idealize the life of so-called “travelers,” homeless youth who go from city to city and town to town, as care-free and independent. A recent study examines the unique experience of homeless traveling youth and the risks they face.

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Ask NCFY: Helping Unaccompanied Youth Apply for Financial Aid

March 15, 2012

NCFY talks with Jan Moore at the National Center for Homeless Education about how unaccompanied homeless youth can verify their status and apply for federal student aid for college.

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Right on the Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising

March 14, 2012

If you’ve been following online news about social media fundraising—the practice of raising money using Facebook, Twitter, blogs and so on—you might have reason to feel confused. “Using Social Media Increases Fundraising by 40 Percent,” says one headline. “Raising Money Online Is Harder Than It Sounds,” says another. For a little perspective, we turned to Holly Ross, executive director of the Nonprofit Technology Network, or NTEN.

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Primary Sources: Addressing the Individual Needs of Runaway and Homeless Youth

March 13, 2012

To see what approaches might be most effective for homeless youth based on the particular issues they face, a researcher studied data from a series of interviews with street and shelter youth, conducted by the Oregon Research Institute between 1994 and 1997. The resulting analysis suggests that homeless young people can be divided into four distinct groups that have their own service needs.

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Video on Host Homes for LGBT Youth Featuring Commissioner Samuels

March 12, 2012

A short video from PBS discusses supporting homeless LGBT youth through interviews with one unique family and ACYF Commissioner Bryan Samuels.

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Bright Idea: Capitalize on National Nutrition Month

March 7, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month, the perfect time to commit your program to improving young people’s nutrition and helping them take control of their eating habits.

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Q&A: Equal Access to Housing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

March 6, 2012

This month, a new federal rule went into effect requiring any program funded or insured by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide equal access to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. NCFY spoke with Ben Gray, an attorney and Presidential Management Fellow in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, to find out how the Equal Access to Housing rule will benefit young people.

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New Administration for Children & Families Website Brings More Info to Grantees and the Public

March 5, 2012

The new Family and Youth Services Bureau website, part of a comprehensive update of the Administration for Children & Families’ online presence, will be frequently updated with news, grant announcements and grantee success stories.

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Hotline Helps Child Abuse Victims 24/7

March 2, 2012

The National Child Abuse Hotline is staffed with counselors who take anonymous calls from victims and their friends and families around the clock.

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Primary Sources: Why Are Foster Youth at High Risk of Homelessness?

March 1, 2012

A number of studies have documented the challenges former foster youth face in maintaining stable housing. This article explores whether that housing insecurity is related to the foster care history itself or other risk factors, such as poverty, drug use or teen parenthood.

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