November 2010

NCFY Recommends: Native Youth Harness the Power of Video to Address Teen Pregnancy

Tired of the silence around adolescent pregnancy, the Cherokee Youth Council decided to start a conversation. They knew that the best way to reach their peers was to talk directly to them. So the council put together a 13-minute film addressing teenage pregnancy from both a youth and a Native perspective.

(For a snapshot of another group of Native youth using video to speak out, read this article in NCFY's e-magazine for youth workers, the Exchange.)

Welcome to the New NCFY Website!

The new NCFY website has lots of great new features. You’ll be able to:

November is Native American Heritage Month

This month, celebrate Native culture.

This month, celebrate Native culture. NCFY recommends the following ways to observe Native American Heritage Month:

November is National Runaway Prevention Month

This month, help keep young people off the streets.

NCFY recommends the following ways to observe National Runaway Prevention Month:

Ask NCFY: Help for Someone Who Wants to Start a Youth Shelter

Q: What resources are there for people who'd like to start a youth shelter in their community? 

NCFY Recommends: Targeting Tribal Teens for HIV Prevention

Tribal youth are disproportionately affected by HIV. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center has compiled HIV prevention resources for Native young people. The materials include a version of the evidence-based sexual health curriculum “Making Proud Choices,” adapted for use in Native communities.

Sacred Circle: Ending Violence Against Native Women

American Indian and Alaska Native women are battered, raped and stalked at more than twice the rate of any other group of women in the United States. That's why the Sacred Circle National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women was established. Located in Rapid City, S.D., Sacred Circle provides training, technical assistance and resource information regarding violence against Native women and assists in developing Tribal strategies and responses to end the violence. Specifically, Sacred Circle works to

The National Runaway Switchboard: Connecting Youth to Assistance

Help for runaway and homeless youth is a phone call away. The National Runaway Switchboard connects young people to their families, a warm bed, a hot meal, a ticket home – whatever it takes to keep them safe and get them off the streets.

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth | 5515 Security Lane, Suite 800 | North Bethesda, MD 20852 | (301) 608-8098 |