October 2012

NCFY Recommends: In Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Check Out These Youth-Driven Violence Prevention Campaigns

Purple ribon for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.This October, we’re recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We thought we’d start by highlighting youth-led prevention campaigns, in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to help your youth take a positive approach to this serious problem.

NCFY Recommends: Four Ways Youth-Serving Organizations Can Address Bullying

Photograph of a young woman facing the camera while young bullies stand behind her and laugh.October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but the topic seems to be in the news and on Americans’ minds year round. As a youth worker, what can you do to stop bullying in your program and your community? Here are some ideas:

Right on the Money: Three Ways Boards Can Help Youth-Serving Organizations Put Their Best Face Forward

Photograph of a diverse group of young men and women looking at the camera.When the economy soured in 2008, Barbara Mueth knew she couldn’t be complacent. As chair of the board for reStart Inc., which serves the homeless of Kansas City, MO, she watched as the need for services increased while giving to the organization held steady.

New FYSB Website Offers Comprehensive News and Resources

Screen shot of the new FYSB website.The new Family and Youth Services Bureau website has officially launched!  The site is full of information and resources about FYSB and its grant programs, and new material is being added all the time.

You’ll find:

Q&A: What's the Best Way to Train People to Use Evidence-Based Practices?

Photograph of a woman talking with a teen girl. Both are smiling.Psychologist Melanie Barwick is a co-author of “Training Health and Mental Health Professionals in Motivational Interviewing: A Systematic Review,” published in the September 2012 issue of the Children and Youth Services Review.

Bright Idea: Do's and Don'ts of Media Relations

Photograph of a young woman wearing a press badge.With National Runaway Prevention Month and the holiday season -- both great times to try to get attention from the press for the work you are doing -- coming up, we thought we'd reprint this NCFY article about interacting with members of the media.

Bright Idea: Communication, Flexibility, Patience Key to Agency-Researcher Partnerships

Photograph of diverse young adults talking over coffee and laptop computers.When Marguerita Lightfoot and her colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles set about to study ways to keep runaway and homeless youth from having risky sex and using drugs, they intended to enlist youth in a randomized controlled trial.

NCFY Recommends: Understanding Minors’ Legal Access to Sexual Health Services

Photograph of a young woman in a hospital gown waiting for a doctor.When it comes to helping youth understand their medical rights related to sexual health, online resources can be a critical source of up-to-date information.

NCFY Recommends: Lessons Learned Conducting Youth 'Point-in-Time' Counts

Photograph of a clipboard with paper and a pencil.If you belong to a continuum of care funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to serve the homeless in a particular geographic area, you may have already seen the new guidelines for your next “point-in-time count” of persons experiencing homelessness.

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