September 2012

NCFY Recommends: How Are Programs Serving LGBT Youth?

Photograph of two hands with a rainbow arched over them.A survey sponsored by the Palette Fund, the True Colors Fund and the Williams Institute has confirmed what many youth workers have long believed: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth make up a large portion of young people experiencing homelessness.

New Podcast: Rising Through the Ranks at a Minneapolis Youth Program

Photograph of a young man carrying a wooden box full of fresh produce.In our latest Youth Speak Out podcast, we speak to two youth employees of Youth Farm and Market Project, a Minneapolis, MN-area nonprofit that teaches children and young adults to grow and harvest their own food.

It’s National Disaster Preparedness Month. Don’t Panic, and Always Carry a Can Opener.

Photograph of a can opener.September is National Disaster Preparedness Month—a time to get ready for disasters.

New From NCFY: Moving Runaway and Homeless Youth Closer to Self-Sufficiency

Photograph of a young person talking on the phone and giving the thumbs up gesture.In a new issue of our quarterly periodical for youth workers, The Exchange, we focus on ways to improve self-sufficiency for runaway and homeless youth.

Bright Idea: Making a Run Plan Can Help Keep Youth Safe

Photograph of a young person leaving a house and carrying a backpack.Sixteen-year-old “Jessica” of Brainerd, MN, had already been kicked out of her mother’s house and her boyfriend’s mother’s house when she got to the host home program run by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, which places youth who need emergency shelter with local families.

Research Roundup: Mindfulness Meditation May Help Homeless Youth Cope With Anxiety and Stress

Silhouette of a young woman meditating.Violence and stress are an alarming fact of life for many homeless youth. To reduce the effects of those traumatic experiences, some youth-serving organizations have turned to mind-body practices that may help young people control disturbing emotions and behavior and lessen their anxiety and depression.

When Disaster Strikes, Where Do You Go? Plan Ahead for Evacuations

Image of an escape plan, an evacuation route sign, and young people rushing down stairs.September is National Disaster Preparedness Month—a time to get ready for disasters.

NCFY Recommends: Stop Bullying Video Challenge

Seal of the United States Department of Education .With the start of the school year comes an opportunity for youth to showcase how they stand up to bullying--whether in the classroom or in their community.

Q&A: Bringing Family Strengths to the Forefront

Photograph of a multigenerational familyAn average family in the United States is about half as strong as it has the potential to be. That’s the conclusion of a new study of family assets, or strengths, conducted by the nonprofit research and education group The Search Institute.

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