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National Runaway Prevention Month Twitter Chat

National Runaway Prevention Month Twitter Chat

Every year, tens of thousands of young people experience homelessness. Alone on the street, youth can become victims of violence, develop substance abuse issues, and be forced to trade sex for food and shelter.

These youth also often have significant mental health needs and social support needs - friends and others they can count on to help them overcome their situation. This year's theme for National Runaway Prevention Month is "Ending Youth Homelessness: Friends Helping Friends," highlighting the role each of us plays in helping youth transition safely to adulthood.

Join NCFY and the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 7th to discuss the needs of homeless youth and how you can help.

To join the chat, use the hashtag #NCFYtalk to share information and learn from your fellow colleagues.

What: National Runaway Prevention Month Twitter Chat

Who: NCFY (@NCFY) and NRS (@1800Runaway)

When: Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 p.m. EST

Where: Twitter, using hashtag #NCFYtalk

 

Recorded USICH Webinar Available: Preparing for the 2017 PIT Count

Recorded USICH Webinar Available: Preparing for the 2017 PIT Count

On Monday, November 21, 2016, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness hosted a webinar highlighting promising practices for counting youth and included Federal partners from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Chapin Hall and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Participants shared recently published resources, early lessons learned from the national Voices of Youth Count initiative led by Chapin Hall, highlights from a local youth count, and recommendations on integrating efforts to count youth as part of the broader PIT count.

To view the recording of the webinar, go to: https://www.usich.gov/tools-for-action/webinar-preparing-for-the-2017-pit-count-promising-practices-for-counting-youth

 

National Runaway Prevention Month

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). This year, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY), and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are joining forces to increase awareness and educate the public about the issues surrounding youth homelessness. NRPM provides an opportunity for local communities from across the country to discuss challenges and best practices related to runaway and homeless youth.

This year's NRPM theme is "Friends Helping Friends." Youth in crisis learn about available services or programs through friends or individuals who assist them through their situation. Youth do not learn about these resources online. Instead they typically talk about their situations to a friend or caring adult because they trust these individuals to care, listen, and support them. When we provide youth with the appropriate tools, we help them find alternative solutions and seek assistance before running away or becoming homeless. Preventing these situations contributes to our efforts to end youth homelessness.

Let's start conversations about the alternatives to running away. Let's increase community awareness and education. Let's support NRPM because these efforts are critical milestones towards our final goal: End Youth Homelessness in 2020. 

We want to invite you to join NRPM 2016. Below you will find a list of resources and activities to help your program become a part of this national effort.  

National Events

  • Wednesday, November 9th: 'Wear Green' Day. Most people have something green in their closet; whether it be a t-shirt, tie, pair of socks, etc. Coordinate a 'wear green' day with your friends, coworkers, students, and/or classmates on November 9th. This is a fun and easy way to get people to learn more about NRPM. For added impact, take a photo of your group wearing green and post it to social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY, and we will share your photo!
  • Wednesday, November 16th: National Candlelight Vigil. Youth service agencies, community groups, and individuals will be hosting candlelight vigils to show solidarity with youth in crisis. Host your own candlelight vigil in your neighborhood, at your school, your workplace, your place of worship, etc. This event is low cost and high impact. If you are attending the 2016 National RHY Grantees Conference, plan to participate in the candlelight event. For more details, please visit www.rhyttac.net.     
  • Wednesday, November 23rd: Selfie Sign Day. On this day, the NRS website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, will have a 'Selfie Sign' available for agencies to download. Use the caption "This is how I have helped a friend..." and share a story of how you helped a friend. Post your selfies on social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY and we will share your photo!

Additional Resources:

 

National Runaway Prevention Month is Here!

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). This year, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY), and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are joining forces to increase awareness and educate the public about the issues surrounding youth homelessness. NRPM provides an opportunity for local communities from across the country to discuss the challenges and best practices related to runaway and homeless youth.

This year's NRPM theme is "Friend Helping Friends." Youth in crisis learn about available services or programs through friends or individuals who assist them through their situation. Youth typically talk about their situations to a friend or caring adult because they trust these individuals to care, listen, and support them. When we provide youth with the appropriate tools, we help them find alternative solutions and seek assistance before running away or becoming homeless. Preventing these situations contributes to our efforts to end youth homelessness.

Let's start conversations about the alternatives to running away. Let's increase community awareness and education. Let's support NRPM because these efforts are critical milestones towards our final goal: End Youth Homelessness in 2020. 

We want to invite you to join NRPM 2016. Below you will find a list of resources and activities to help your program become a part of this national effort.  

National Events

•         Wednesday, November 9th: 'Wear Green' Day. Most people have something green in their closet; whether it be a t-shirt, tie, pair of socks, etc. Coordinate a 'wear green' day with your friends, coworkers, students, and/or classmates on November 9th. This is a fun and easy way to get people to learn more about NRPM. For added impact, take a photo of your group wearing green and post it to social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY and we will share your photo!

•         Wednesday, November 16th: National Candlelight Vigil. Youth service agencies, community groups, and individuals will be hosting candlelight vigils to show solidarity with youth in crisis. Host your own candlelight vigil in your neighborhood, at your school, your workplace, your place of worship, etc. This event is low cost and high impact. If you are attending the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Conference, plan to participate in the candlelight event. For more details, please visit www.rhyttac.net.     

•         Wednesday, November 23rd: Selfie Sign Day: On this day, the NRS website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, will have a 'Selfie Sign' available for agencies to download. Use the caption "This is how I have helped a friend..." and share a story of how you helped a friend. Post your selfies on social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY and we will share your photo!

Additional Resources:

 

National Briefing Call on Human Trafficking

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program National Briefing Call: "Human Trafficking Among Runaway and Homeless Youth - Challenges, Needs, and Best Practices"

Dear Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee,

You are invited to join Polaris on a National Briefing Call to discuss human trafficking and its impact on runaway and homeless youth (RHY) programs. This National Briefing Call will be an opportunity to share experiences and your work with RHY victims/survivors of sex and labor trafficking.

During the call, we will also discuss staff training needs, program capacity, barriers to victim identification and response, prevention resources, and the role of RHY in the anti-trafficking field. Come prepared with questions and comments that reflect your experience working with RHY victims/survivors of human trafficking. Registration is required to participate in this call with Polaris.

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Registration link: https://nspn.adobeconnect.com/htbriefingcall/event/event_info.html

Moderators:
Valerie Schmitt, MSW, LSW
Manager, Advisory Services
Polaris

Rory O'Brien
Associate, Advisory Services
Polaris

 

It's time to start planning for National Runaway Prevention Month!

"National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally designated communication system for runaway and homeless youth, and National Network for Youth (NN4Y). The goals of NRPM are two-fold:

1. To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face
2. To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness

NRPM began in October of 2002. President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children, where leaders from across the country convened to discuss issues and challenges related to the runaway and homeless youth crisis. What was once known as National Runaway Prevention Week was thus expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign.
Over the years, members of Congress have taken steps to commemorate National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM); supporting and recognizing its goals and ideals by introducing both House and Senate Resolutions. Proud sponsors of NRPM resolutions have included Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Susan Collins (R- ME), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK).

The theme of NRPM 2016 is “Friends Helping Friends.” This theme is designed to communicate how youth, parents, family members and educators are hearing about the National Runaway Safeline. While the majority of our callers do hear about us online, there is a large portion of callers that hear about us through a friend or an acquaintance, who is assisting the youth through their situation. A youth will typically trust a friend enough to talk about their problems. A friend is there to support, listen and care."

To read more about NRPM and to plan how you can help raise awareness, please check out the tool kit at: http://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/NRPM-2016-ToolKit-and-Messaging-Guide-1.pdf

 

Request for Statements of Interest for the National Advisory Committee on the Trafficking of Children and Youth

Request for Statements of Interest for the National Advisory Committee on the Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (Deadline: July 20)

The Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces an opportunity to advise the Secretary and the Attorney General on practical and general policies concerning improvements to the Nation's response to the trafficking of children and youth in the United States.  The National Advisory Committee on the Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (Advisory Committee) is authorized by the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-183).

To be considered for participation in the Advisory Committee, please submit a completed Statement of Interest form by 5:00 PM EST on July 20, 2016.  The Statement of Interest Form, resume, and optional letters can be emailed to [email protected].  Please contact Kate Cooper at 202-205-4554 with questions.

Learn more about this opportunity at:  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking/forms

 

Call for Poster Session Presentations for the 2016 National RHY Grantees Conference Now Open

On behalf of the Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the 2016 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee Conference Planning Committee, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) invites you to submit a Poster Session Presentation for consideration for inclusion at this year's conference.

The Poster Session Presentation will highlight quality, innovative, and relevant programming in a format of poster board displays. Each selected agency will have a table and provided tri-fold poster board display. The Poster Session venue provides the opportunity for RHY grantees to share promising and best practices from their programs in a format that encourages informal sharing of experience, expertise, and lessons learned.  

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session Presentation application is June 30, 2016. 

The conference will be held November 15 - 17, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida.  For more information and an application to be considered for a display, please visit https://nspn.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_218934.  

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Meadows at 502.635.3660, [email protected]; or Mark Wolf at 865.382.6648, [email protected].

 

HHS Factsheet on Health Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth Now Available

HHS Factsheet on Health Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth

Homeless and at-risk youth are likely to be eligible for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA vastly simplifies and expands access to affordable health care to most Americans, including low-income and homeless youth, and allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid. Health coverage under the ACA can help connect young people with supports to address these challenges as well as primary care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a factsheet on health coverage for homeless and at-risk youth. This factsheet describes eligibility, what services are covered, and how to sign up. You may access this factsheet at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/198441/HomelessHealth.pdf.  Please share with others who connect homeless youth to health care services.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Amanda Benton at [email protected].

 

"Turn up the Focus" on Homeless Youth

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is pleased to announce the release of two items that will "turn up the focus" on homeless youth and strengthen their network of available supports:

  • Television public service announcements (PSAs): We've partnered with the National Runaway Safeline to create a series of videos featuring formerly homeless young people who got the help they needed through FYSB grantees. We'll be distributing these 30- and 60-second PSAs to television networks and stations across the country in an effort to build awareness of 1-800-RUNAWAY, the 24/7 hotline available to young people and adults.
  • A report sharing the experiences and needs of homeless street youth: We've also published the results of our Street Outreach Program Data Collection Study featuring information from 656 homeless young people in 11 cities. That study, completed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, found that more than half of participants became homeless for the first time because they were asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver. More than half said they tried to stay at a shelter but it was full. The report also includes a section on implications for policy, practice, and research to connect researchers' findings to tangible improvements needed in available services.

The FYSB Runaway and Homeless Youth Program would like to thank the 11 Street Outreach Program grantees who contributed to the study, as well as the grantees who connected us to the vibrant youth featured in the PSAs.

We hope you'll share these resources in your community to bring attention to the important work that you do.

"Turn up the Focus" on homeless youthhttp://www.hhs.gov/blog/2016/04/12/open-door-and-helping-hand-homeless-young-people.html

30-second PSA:  http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/media-center/videos/1-800-runaway-new-public-service-announcements-fysb-and-nrs-30

60-second PSA:  http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/media-center/videos/1-800-runaway-new-public-service-announcements-fysb-and-nrs-60

Street Outreach Program Data Collection Study:  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/street-outreach-program-data-collection-study

 
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