May 2012

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May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

And May 2 is The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Both events are good opportunities to

  • raise community awareness
  • organize activities that educate adolescents about sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention
  • involve young leaders in your cause

Mark the Occasions

For information about marking The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, go to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy website.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care for Mothers and Families Experiencing Homelessness

US Interagency Council on Homeless logo with bal eagle inside circleHomelessness is a traumatic experience for young children who experience it. Many young mothers experiencing homelessness have also experienced trauma either in their own childhoods or more recently. 

What Can FYSB’s Network of Support for Runaway and Homeless Youth Do for You?

Hundreds of organizations around the country work hard every day to give shelter, food, counseling and support to young people who have run away or become homeless.

The Family and Youth Services Bureau funds many of those programs. It also provides a network of support services: a national hotline for runaway youth, a training and technical assistance center, and us—the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth.

Mural Contest Second Place Winner: A Lifeline to Those in Need

This winter, runaway and homeless youth programs funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau were given the chance to win the materials to paint a mural in their facilities. In a series of Beat posts, we recognize the runners-up and the winner. Here are the essay and artwork submitted by the second-place winner, Sea Haven Transitional Living Program Junior Advisory Team, in Horry County, SC.

NCFY Recommends: Your Go-To Education Clearinghouse

Wouldn't it be nice to have one central source to find what works in education? The U.S. Department of Education thought so and created the What Works Clearinghouse. Staff reviewed thousands of studies on hundreds of education programs, products, practices and policies. They identified as many reliable sources as possible. Then, they organized them in a searchable online database. When you visit the clearinghouse website you can

Ask NCFY: Helping Youth Workers Deal With a Young Person's Death

Q. A young person who was staying in our emergency shelter for homeless youth recently passed away. We’ve offered counseling and support to youth. But our staff is still reeling and having trouble coping. How can we help them deal with their grief?

A. First, please accept our condolences. No matter the circumstances, the death of a young person is shocking and tragic.

Q&A: New Trends in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

In February, the Guttmacher Institute released “Facts on American Teens' Sexual and Reproductive Health,” a survey of over two-dozen recent studies and publications on the topic of adolescent sexual behavior. This is the first such survey from the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit that promotes sexual and reproductive health, since 2009.

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