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News Archives

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Primary Sources: Prioritizing Youth Development in a Clinic-Based Teen Pregnancy Intervention

May 31, 2012

This study highlighted the design and impact of Prime Time, an 18-month clinic-based intervention aiming to reduce sexual risk behaviors and other negative social outcomes.

Bright Idea: Adapting Pregnancy Prevention Programs for Native Hawaiian Youth Yields Lessons for Others

May 30, 2012

NCFY spoke with Hawaii Youth Services Network's Judith Clark about adapting Evidence-Based Programs to support Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth.

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Right on the Money: Tips for Raising Money as a Coalition

May 29, 2012

Rather than competing against each other for the same scarce funding, organizations that serve the homeless (or any other group) can pool their efforts and together raise money for their common cause.This article gives some to do just that.

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May 29, 2012

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Ask NCFY: 'What Is Coordinated Assessment?'

May 25, 2012

NCFY explains a community-wide approach to working with the homeless that is gaining popularity and being promoted by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Q&A: Ten Questions To Screen Runaway Youth for Sexual Abuse

May 24, 2012

Researchers from the Midwest Children’s Resource Center at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota teamed up with the police to create and test 10 questions that quickly screen runaway youth for sexual abuse.

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Bright Idea: Teach Young People to be Cautious Consumers

May 22, 2012

Managing money can be one of the toughest skills for young people to learn as they transition to adulthood. And though homeless young people may often be guarded and distrustful of other people, they can still be naïve when it comes to managing money. In this article, we share experts’ tips on teaching young people about spending, saving and making good money choices.

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Right on the Money: Changing the Way You Think About Flexible Funding Could Reap Rewards

May 21, 2012

Every nonprofit leader dreams of having flexible funding: Money that’s not tied to a particular grant project or the organization’s day-to-day operations. Money that could be used to make the organization better than ever. If you had such a windfall, would you know what to do with it?

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Connect Youth With Jobs

May 18, 2012

The White House and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched the Summer Jobs+ Bank to help youth find skills-building, paying summer jobs. You can search the job bank right here on the NCFY website by viewing this post.

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Bright Idea: Using the United Way’s 211 Network to Help Runaway Youth

May 17, 2012

By including your program in a local 211 network, you can connect your organization to other social services and make it easier for youth to contact you.

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Bright Idea: Teach Unaccompanied Youth to Live Within Their Means

May 16, 2012

Managing money can be one of the toughest skills for young people to learn as they transition to adulthood. We spoke to Karen Chan, creator of All My Money, a hands-on curriculum emphasizing money management skills for people with limited financial resources. In this two-part series, we share Chan’s tips on teaching young people about spending, saving and making good money choices.

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Primary Sources: Can Family Strengths Prevent Teen Pregnancy Even When There's Trouble at Home?

May 15, 2012

Research suggests that positive childhood experiences protect young women from becoming pregnant as teens. However, not many studies have considered how these strengths may buffer against the problems teens may face, such as family money problems or divorce. A new study looks at the interplay between the positive and the negative factors that affect teen girls.

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Mural Contest Winner: Colorado Teens Take a Stand Against Youth Homelessness

May 14, 2012

Congratulations to the Colorado Rural Collaborative Youth Leadership Team, which has won the 2012 FYSB Mural Contest for Runaway and Homeless Youth. Youth from nine youth-serving agencies across the state designed the team's mural in honor of National Runaway Prevention Month and National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in November.

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Primary Sources: Adding to the Evidence Base of What Works to Help Homeless Youth

May 11, 2012

Support to Reunite, Involve and Value Each Other, or STRIVE, is a five-session, in-home program that aims to repair homeless youths’ relationships with their families. Researchers wanted to see how well the intervention worked at keeping homeless 12- to 17-year-olds from having risky sex, using drugs and getting in trouble with the law.

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Q&A: New Trends in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

May 10, 2012

The national teen pregnancy rate is at its lowest point in twenty years. Laura Lindberg from the Guttmacher Institute talks about the trends in teen behavior that have contributed to the decline.

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Ask NCFY: Helping Youth Workers Deal With a Young Person's Death

May 9, 2012

Youth workers often help youth clients cope with the death of a loved one. What happens when the youth worker experiences a similar loss?

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Your Go-To Education Clearinghouse

May 8, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences created the What Works Clearinghouse to be a central source of scientific evidence for what works in education.

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Mural Contest Second Place Winner: A Lifeline to Those in Need

May 7, 2012

Sea Haven's Transitional Living Program, serving youth in Horry County, SC, won second place in the 2012 FYSB Mural Contest for their drawing of a battered hand reaching out for help.

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Primary Sources: Making Sex Ed Lessons Stick

May 4, 2012

What kind of classroom environment helps students learn more and have better sexual health habits? Researchers surveyed 5,000 rural high school students to find out.

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What Can FYSB’s Network of Support for Runaway and Homeless Youth Do for You?

May 3, 2012

The Family and Youth Services Bureau funds hundreds of programs that aid runaway and homeless youth. It also provides a network of support services: a national hotline for runaway youth, a training and technical assistance center, and us—the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth. Recently, several FYSB grantees and members of the network worked together to help a young man cross borders and get back home.

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Primary Sources: What's It Like to Be Young, Homeless and Pregnant? A New Study Sheds Light

May 2, 2012

We know that homeless young women in the United States are much more likely to become pregnant than their peers. But few studies have looked at mental health or other stresses that negatively affect young homeless mothers. A new study tries to shed light on what these young moms go through.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care for Mothers and Families Experiencing Homelessness

May 1, 2012

Join the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness on Wednesday, May 9, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, for a discussion of ways homeless services programs can use a trauma-informed care model to serve mothers and their children.

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May 1, 2012

And May 2 is The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Both events are good opportunities to raise community awareness, organize activities that educate adolescents about sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention, and involve young leaders in your cause.

9-5 pm Eastern