May 2009

Bright Idea: Make Friends and Influence People on the 'Social Web'

Social networking—a term that encompasses websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Friendster and LinkedIn—is all the rage, and youth-serving organizations have jumped on the bandwagon.

"Social networks are a free and simple way to connect to whatever audience you are trying to target," says Lashawnda Carter, outreach coordinator for the National Runaway Switchboard, or NRS, the FYSB-funded national hotline, in Chicago.

Right on the Money: Recipe for a Winning Grant Proposal

It's no secret nonprofit organizations are struggling to find new funding sources in these tough economic times. But with the right grant writing formula, your organization has a better chance of weathering the storm.

"Federal proposals are very much like baking a cake," says Tammy Hopper, director of organizational advancement for SENetwork in Bonita Springs, Florida. "On the Betty Crocker box, it tells you what ingredients to use, what temperature to cook your cake, and it even tells you what type of pan to put the cake in."

Primary Sources: Thinking Positive in More Ways Than One

New research is showing that Positive Youth Development activities are better together and when combined with other strength-building approaches. A diversity of activities, methods and theoretical frameworks is the key to helping young people grow and succeed, researchers say. (Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.)

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