June 2012

June is LGBT Pride Month

June is LGBT Pride month, meant to recognize and honor the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have had in our communities. During Pride month, we celebrate diversity and recognize that everyone deserves to be respected for who they are, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Here are some ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month:

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New Podcast:Teen Pregnancy Prevention for LGBT Youth

Recent studies have shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth may be twice as likely as their straight peers to experience an unwanted pregnancy. In NCFY's latest podcast, Bryan Samuels, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and Andrew Barnett, executive director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, talk to NCFY about why and how teen pregnancy prevention programs can include LGBT youth.

Listen to the podcast.

More From NCFY

NCFY Recommends: Anti-Bullying Resources

Screen shot of Stop Bullying do GovIn recent months we've seen the tragic results of teen bullying, but we've also seen a more active focus on how to make schools and programs for young people safer. Here's a roundup of new resources that talk about how to prevent bullying:

NCFY Recommends: Discuss Ending Youth Homelessness With Federal Cabinet Secretaries

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness meeting on June 12, 2012, at 1:30 Eastern will be streamed live. At the meeting, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Bryan Samuels will present the proposed framework to end youth homelessness to the council and all those viewing the webcast.

Ask NCFY: Getting Staff Used to the ‘Low-Barrier’ Approach at a Youth Shelter

Q: I run a shelter for homeless teens. I’m thinking about moving to a “low-barrier” approach to working with youth, meaning that we won’t turn young people away because they’ve been drinking or using drugs. How can I get staff to buy into this change?

A: Ingrained in every good youth worker is the idea of “meeting young people where they’re at.” So start by telling your staff that your new approach will enable them to do just that.

Primary Sources: Improving the Future for Pregnant and Parenting Youth

Successful life navigation by former participants in a group for pregnant and parenting teens” (abstract). Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, December 2010.

What it’s about: This evaluation answers the questions, “Where are they now?” and “How are they doing?” about 31 former teen mothers who participated in the Mothers of Mount Sinai, or MOMS program about 10 years ago.  

New Video: Enzi Tanner

NCFY's new video series features seven youth workers from around the country, each sharing a time when they made a big difference in a young person's life.

Enzi Tanner remembers a young person who needed a little convincing to enter a shelter, but who was spared the harsh Minnesota winter by eventually coming in.

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