Community Partnerships / Collaborations Resources

Need Social Services? Try the Library

A recent report from NPR describes the latest place for people to get social service help: the library. Almost 40 public libraries across the country, including branches in San Francisco, Denver, and Washington D.C., employ social workers to help library visitors with everything from applying for jobs to finding housing or legal aid. This type of community outreach dates back to just 2009, but the idea has caught on quickly.

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Washington State Initiatives Engage RHY Across Programs

A Youth Today report describes two new programs in WA taking a new approach to case management that isn’t tied to any one program or agency. Permanency Navigators serve youth as they enter and exit different shelters, programs and state systems. Youth Engagement Teams also find and support host homes for youth under 18. They pay small stipends, offer legal aid, and troubleshoot conflicts between hosts and RHY. Both programs attempt to build stability for youth who bounce from bed to couch to bed because of shelter stay limits and lack of affordable permanent housing options.

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Tool Aims to Improve Ways that Partners Share Resources

Jobs for the Future and Forum for Youth Investment created a step-by-step guide for assessing programmatic barriers affecting youth, gaps in services and funding restrictions that prevent communities from achieving cross-sector goals. Based on learning from Performance Partnership Pilots (P3), the tool helps people identify who is responsible for identified barriers, and how to make changes—for example, by submitting waiver requests to funders for new uses of funds.

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Video Series: Collaborative Solutions in Real Communities

The Building Community, Building Hope series, developed by the Children’s Bureau, highlights on-the-ground collaborations that improve the health and wellbeing of young people and families. Videos focus on engaging fathers, systems collaboration, housing first approaches, and ways to start conversations in your own community. The series is accompanied by a free user’s guide and engagement toolkits.

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"Here For Good: Sustaining Your RHY Program with Local Support" is Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are pleased to release “Here For Good: Sustaining Your RHY Program with Local Support” – a sustainability resource for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Programs.

Feedback from the 2018 Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Assessment, 2018 National RHY Grantees Training, 2018 Regional Meetings, and other sources continues to emphasize sustainability as a key priority for grantees of FYSB’s RHY Program. While the population of youth needing RHY services has grown and the communities where such services are available have expanded, funding for programs has become increasingly competitive and limited. RHY programs are exceedingly challenged to engage community partners, develop diverse sources of funding and support, and eliminate dependence on federal funds. This resource includes strategies, case studies, and exercises to facilitate team exploration of strengths and opportunities. 

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IACP National Policy Summit on Community Police Relations

A International Association of Chiefs of Police National Policy Summit on Community-Police Relations report is designed to serve as a road map for law enforcement, communities, and stakeholders to build meaningful, sustainable, trusting, and effective working relationships. Summit participants outlined three conceptual elements of building community-police relationships. The report defines and trust—and provides recommendations for improvement in each. In addition, the report outlines a series of tangible strategies and steps for law enforcement executives to begin to build trust in their communities.

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DHHS Human Trafficking Issue Briefs

The Department of Health and Human Services created and released a series of issue briefs focused on various topics under Human Trafficking for service providers. Here you will find five of those briefs covering a range of topics from case management, assessing needs, residential facilities, identifying victims/survivors, and mental health treatment. The five briefs are as follows:

These briefs are 7 to 10 pages in length giving not only an overview, but covering the various areas within in topic more deeply.


Connect the Dots

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a great resource for grantees. CONNECTING THE DOTS: CSSP’s Strengthening Families and Youth Thrive Frameworks & ACYF’s Literature Review on Protective Factors for In-Risk Children.  

Here is some information about CSSP:

  • Promotes public policies that strengthen families and protect and lift children from poverty
  • Mobilizes a national network to promote optimal development of young children and to prevent child abuse
  • Helps child welfare and other public human services systems improve their work and achieve race equity for children and families in their care
  • Provides tools and resources so community leaders, schools and other health and human service agencies can help parents secure jobs and achieve economic stability and ensure that young children are healthy and succeed in school
  • Empowers  community residents to be effective consumers of public and private services, securing better goods and services for themselves and their neighborhoods
  • Joins with international organizations to share innovations and knowledge

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