Runaway and Homeless Youth

At the direction of President Obama, the Departments of Justice and Education launched the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to begin a national conversation concerning youth and gang violence, raise awareness and elevate the issue to national significance. The Fiscal Year 2012 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project will competitively select and fund as many as...
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant program will fund projects to do all of the following:
The Family and Youth Services Bureau will fund a national training and technical assistance center that aims to enhance and promote the continuous evidence-based quality improvement of services with a focus on the social and emotional well being of children, youth and families served by FYSB-funded runaway and homeless youth programs. Full funding opportunity announcement (PDF, 342 KB).
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...
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.
Neil Donovan has worked with coalitions aimed at serving homeless people for more than a quarter-century. No matter how regularly they meet or exactly how they strategize, one thing’s for sure, says Donovan, now executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless: “With effective coalitions, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
State Abstinence Education Grants enable states to develop flexible, medically accurate and effective abstinence-based teen pregnancy prevention plans. States may also use the funding to provide mentoring, counseling and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity, with a focus on those groups which are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock. See full opportunity.
Q: I work at an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth. My co-workers and I have heard that our community is putting in place “coordinated assessment” for all the homeless people in our area. Can you explain what that is? And how will it affect youth who come to our program for help?
Until recently, police in St. Paul, MN, had only one question when they released a runaway youth from custody: Did the young person get home?
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