July 2012

Q&A: A Regional Approach to Helping Native Youth Beat Addiction

Indian Health Service logoThe Indian Health Service funds 11 regional centers across the country that treat Native youth with substance abuse problems. We spoke to Skye Bass, an IHS public health specialist, about the culturally specific approach used by the Youth Regional Treatment Centers.  

New Podcast: A Young Woman Exits Homelessness and Finds a Career in Youth Work

Photograph of Yeah YeahNCFY's latest podcast in the Youth Speak Out series features San Francisco youth worker Jennifer Cowles, who goes by Yeah Yeah. She first encountered the Homeless Youth Alliance when she ran away from home as a teenager.

Right on the Money: Start a Monthly Giving Program

Drawing of one hand with a heart on it reaching up to another hand.Once a month, about 250 donors to CEDARS, a social services organization in Lincoln, NE, get a letter in the mail with a story about a homeless or abused young person, or an update on the ways CEDARS is using donations to improve the lives of children and youth.

Encourage Youth to Enter FYSB’s First Essay Contest and Share Their Stories

Photograph of a young woman writing in a notebook.Every young person deserves an opportunity to share his or her story. Help your youth do that by encouraging them to enter FYSB’s first ever national essay contest for young writers.

The winner’s story will be shared online and at a national conference for youth workers. Runners up may have their essays published online, too.

Bright Idea: A Virtual Treatment Helps Youth Heal from Trauma

Color image of a brain scan.The young man was one of the most challenging clients Michelle Hall had ever encountered. He fought with staff and seemed deeply unhappy. What turned him around and helped him recover from trauma were video games.

NCFY Recommends: New Survey of LGBT Youth Gives Snapshot of Their Experiences

Cover of HRC report on growing up LGBT in America.A new report from the gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign shows that when it comes to being bullied, feeling accepted and having optimism for the future, there are large disparities between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and their straight peers.

NCFY Recommends: Lessons Learned About Working With Teens and Children Exposed to Violence

A young man sits with his head on his hands while his parents argue behind him.If you ever bought a "Stop Family Violence" stamp from the post office, you helped to fund the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' work to combat domestic violence.

NCFY Recommends: Understanding and Supporting Trafficking Victims

Polaris Project: For a World Without SlaveryWhy don't victims of sex trafficking leave their exploiters?

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