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Integrated Employment and Mental Health Services -- How Well Do They Work For Homeless Youth?
Author Kristin M. Ferguson worked with two social services agencies in Los Angeles that work with homeless youth who also suffer from mental illness. Together, Ferguson and agency staff studied the effect on young people of two programs that combine employment and mental health services.

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Right on the Money: This Crowdfunding Site Can Help You Raise Money for Youths' Personal Needs
Do your youth need money for transportation, work clothes or college application fees? Benevolent.net can help.

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A Website That Helps You Help Young People Navigate Federal Student Aid
Not sure what to tell young people about applying for federal student aid? Learn about the FAFSA, the different types of aid and how to explain it all to youth in the Department of Education's online Financial Aid Toolkit.

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How Education Leads to Well-Being for At-Risk Youth
Rebecca Kelley of the YMCA talks to NCFY in advance of our upcoming Twitter chat on the topics of education and well-being.

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Want to Start a Youth Program? Get Going Today With Our All-New Guide
We’re excited to unveil a new, interactive version of our “Guide to Starting a Youth Program.” It’s the only resource of its kind specifically developed for people (both adults and teens) who want to work with youth and help improve their well-being—and their futures.

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NCFY Reads: Paul Tough's "How Children Succeed"
Many adults believe young people will succeed in life if they test well and get good grades. In “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” Paul Tough challenges that assumption.

Anthony Ross at his graduation.

Youth Speak Out: The Value of Permanent Connections
Anthony Ross was homeless at age 13, and now he's headed to law school. He credits a youth worker at Sasha Bruce House for helping him see his own potential.

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Homeless Youth Under 18 Can Apply for Food Assistance, and Other Clarifications of SNAP Regulations
New policy guidance released by the United States Department of Agriculture aims to ensure that eligible homeless youth can get food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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32 Fresh Starts: Graduation Day at a Boston GED Program
In June, Boston youth-serving agency Bridge Over Troubled Waters honored 32 young people who passed the GED high-school equivalency tests.

Mantente en Contacto

Mantente en Contacto: Jóvenes Ofrecen Consejos sobre Mantenerse Conectados y Vivir Independientemente
En esta serie de video para jóvenes, unos jóvenes comparten sus historias y consejos sobre mantenerse conectados a las personas y los programas que le dan apoyo.

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