RHYTTAC Action for Impact Team

Purpose 

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) Action for Impact Team Members volunteer their time, expertise, and insights for efforts regarding an array of products, processes, policies and events. Each of their efforts reflects outstanding commitment to youth experiencing homelessness and shared dedication to the improvement of systems that serve these youth. This team advises RHYTTAC and does not directly advise the Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB).

Action for Impact Team members will:

  • Assist with identifying trends, needs, and critical issues impacting Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees and youth-serving providers
  • Address the emerging needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness
  • Identify and support key Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) product development including content for the National RHY Grantees Training

Importance

Whether their focus is addressing the unique needs of rural populations, addressing challenges associated with identifying and implementing evidence-informed or evidenced-based interventions, or planning training events, each Action for Impact team member makes meaningful contributions. Their efforts make a positive impact on the lives of youth and families and youth-serving organizations throughout the country.  

Composition

The Action for Impact Team will be composed of up to 17 members with diverse identities and experiences that reflect the issues facing youth and young adults experiencing homelessness:

  • RHY Grantees (up to 8 representatives):
    • Rural, urban, suburban, tribal geographies
    • Basic Center Program, Street Outreach Program, Transitional Living Program, Maternity Group Home
    • Various staff roles
  • Youth and young adults (up to 2 representatives)
  • Cross-system or community organizations (up to 2 representatives)
  • RHY Program Network Partners:
    • National Runaway Safeline (NRS) (up to 1 representative)
    • National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) (up to 1 representative)
    • RHY-HMIS TA (Abt Associates) (up to 1 representative)
    • Youth Collaboratory Youth Catalyst Team (up to 2 representatives)

Duties and Supports for Team Members

Duties Include:

  • Reviewing and analyzing information on RHY evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising practices, national standards, and effective practices
  • Assisting with identifying trends, needs, and critical issues impacting the delivery of TTA (e.g. policy development, system engagement, research, public awareness, and resource development)
  • Identifying and supporting key TTA product development including content for the National RHY Grantees training and regional training events
  • Supporting collaborative development and dissemination of joint TTA resources for NCHYF, NRS, RHY-HMIS TA, and RHYTTAC
  • Participating in semi-annual convening, quarterly check-ins and ad hoc work groups
    • Work is conducted via ad hoc working groups, virtual meetings and a collaborative Google workspace
    • Meet semi-annually (virtually until further notice) with one Spring and one session paired with the National Training

Supports:

  • RHYTTAC staff will clearly communicate the goals or expectations of each project
  • Youth and young adult representatives will receive an hourly stipend of $27/hour, and can be paired with an Action for Impact Team member who can provide support and mentorship as requested

Selection Process

  • Candidates interested in serving as a member of this Action for Impact Team should submit an online application by August 9, 2021.
  • Applications will be reviewed by RHYTTAC staff and Youth Catalyst Team members to ensure a representative balance of experience, project types, geographic locations, and staff roles.
  • Proposed members will be reviewed by RHYTTAC staff and members will be selected to represent various project types, geographic locations, and staff roles. If any seats are vacated, they will be filled on a rolling basis.
  • FYSB will review applications from prospective RHY grantees to ensure their organization is in good standing with federal grant requirements.
  • Candidates selected to move forward will be contacted directly.

Application Requirements

  • Time Commitment: Applicants should be able to serve the full term of the appointment for 2 years (through September 2023)
  • Connectivity: Applicants should be comfortable collaborating in a virtual space through google and web-based meeting platforms.
  • Passion: Applicants should bring a passion for improving systems that serve youth and a desire for ongoing learning and professional growth

How to Apply

Complete the application HERE by August 9, 2021.

Questions?

Applicants with questions should contact [email protected]