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Permanent Connections

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How Hosting Cozy Chats Can Help Your Nonprofit Build Relationships and Raise Money
A five-step primer from Seattle's Building Changes, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness.

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Take Inventory of Family Engagement With the Children's Bureau's Tool
Learn about engaging families in your work with young people, whether you're in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, or behavioral health.

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Colleges Support Homeless Students by Designating One Point of Contact
Learn about the new model some states are adapting to support unaccompanied youth as they enter and advance through college.

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4 Tips for Working With Interpreters
Having access to culturally competent interpreters who understand the context of social services is incredibly important when working with youth and families from linguistic minorities.

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6 Ways to Celebrate National Mentoring Month in January
It takes just one mentor to change a young person’s life.

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Primary Sources: How Social Connections Benefit Homeless Youth
A new study finds a clear relationship between a homeless young person's "social connectedness," self-esteem and resiliency.

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Five Tips for Taking a 'Housing-First' Approach
Advice for runaway and homeless youth programs.

Ecomap displays government and community resources the participant and his or her family use, including informal and formal organizations

Q&A: Ryan Shanahan of VERA Institute on 'Ecomapping'
One way to draw on young people's strengths and supports is to literally draw them.

Nikkya Martin

Community Mapping Connects Youth to Their Neighborhoods
The nonprofit organization buildOn uses "community mapping" to familiarize young people with their neighbors and inspire them to help.

Three homeless teens sit in a playground.

Primary Sources: How Do Homeless Youth Decide What's Safe?
A researcher followed 18 homeless youth for several years to uncover what influences their decision making.

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