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You are invited to participate in an Innovation Circles Project!

You are invited to participate in an Innovation Circles Project which explores how human service organizations address professional development needs. National Safe Place Network and MANY - two national organizations who are committed to building capacity of youth and family service agencies - want your help in understanding how we can best support professional development for those that work with youth and families.

How do you participate? Just share your experience with us. Your responses will be part of a national data collection and review effort exploring how agencies are responding to the ever-changing needs of the staff at their organizations. Your responses are confidential - all data will be analyzed in the aggregate.

We know that your perspective about what you need and about what other staff may need is impacted by the role that you have within your organization. We want to capture these perspectives and address professional development from as many angles as possible. As such, we are deliberate in our attempts to hear from staff at four different levels of organizations:

·         Lead Now (Executive Leaders)

·         Program Excellence (Program level Supervisors, Managers, Department Heads, etc.)

·         Intentional Interventions (Clinical Staff, Case Managers, Counselors, etc.)

·         Shift Change (Direct Care, Outreach, Milieu Supervision, Support Staff, etc.)

Here is how you can help inform the field:

  • First, follow the link below and spend 10-15 minutes completing the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/InnovationCirclesPD
  • Second, forward this message to colleagues in your organization as well as those at other agencies. We want to reach far and wide to collect responses from human service workers across the United States.
  • Third, please consider encouraging team members who provide the most frontline services in your agency to participate. In our initial pilot, these very important "Shift Change" perspectives were unfortunately underrepresented.

We ask that you provide responses no later than August 15, 2014.

That's it! If you are interested in the final report of this national Innovation Circles Project, you may choose to provide your email address at the end of your survey (please note your email will not be attached to your survey responses). If you have any questions about the survey or the Innovation Circles Project, please contact either Tammy Hopper, NSPN, at [email protected] or 502-635-3660, or Kristen Truffa, MANY, at [email protected] or 412-965-9067.

We very much appreciate your time and participation in this effort.


National Safe Place Network and MANY


Talk it Out Thursday Resources Available - Summer Youth Jobs

During the last Talk it Out Thursday call we discussed "Summer Youth Jobs"!   The conversation offered some great resources that we'd like to share with you.  Check out the links below:





Talk it Out Thursday is a conference call that provides an opportunity for staff from RHY programs to join in for an hour-long discussion regarding a variety of topics. This option is perfect for individuals who really want to connect and hear from other grantees directly about specific topics. Join us at 3:00pm ET each Thursday to Talk It Out!


Sponsorship, Exhibit, and Advertising opportunities are available at the 2014 National RHY Grantees Conference!

You're Invited to sponsor, exhibit, and / or advertise during the 2014 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees Conference hosted by RHYTTAC (Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center) which is operated by National Safe Place Network.  This is a great opportunity for you to promote your organization (services and / or products) and demonstrate your support to hundreds of youth service providers and organizations from across the nation.  

This unique opportunity awaits you in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11 – 13, 2014 at The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.  Events such as our welcome reception, refreshment breaks, and off site visits are available for sponsorship and provide networking opportunities for RHY Grantees, Exhibitors, and Sponsors.  Attendees include all levels of agency staff, ranging from the direct care staff to the executive leadership of a wide variety of youth and family-serving agencies.  There are a limited number of exhibitors that have been invited to participate.  We believe the information, services or products you have to offer can benefit the conference participants on an organizational and/or personal level. 

We are confident that this year’s annual conference will be a huge success and will offer a wealth of valuable information to the attendees. Please download and review the Sponsor and Exhibitor Invitation Kit to see the opportunities that await you!  If you would like to participate, please complete registration online at: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_164093.  You may also print, complete and mail the registration form with payment to the National Safe Place Network office no later than Monday, September 1, 2014.  Please contact Elizabeth at [email protected] if you have questions or for additional information.  We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

To download the Sponsor and Exhibitor Invitation Kit, you may click the provided links or visit: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/assets/assets/sponsorship%20and%20exhibitor%20invitation%20kit.pdf.


Town Hall Meeting

The recorded session is now available at https://nationalsafeplace.ilinc.com/join/shfrxww

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is pleased to offer a Town Hall meeting reviewing the proposed regulations for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.

The proposed regulations would establish new program performance standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Also proposed are revisions to existing performance standards to reflect recent statutory changes and to update procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.

The Town Hall session is scheduled for Friday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. This meeting will provide an overview of the newly released regulations and its implications for your work. The call will cover: 

  • Background, objectives and purpose for the proposed regulations;
  • Major changes proposed in the rule; and
  • Information on how to submit public comments.

Joining us on this call will be Resa Matthew, Director of the Division of Adolescent Development and Support; Christopher Holloway, Central Office Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Manager; and William Clair, Region West Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Manager at the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Prior to the call, we encourage you to become familiar with the following documents located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/proposed-performance-standards-rhy

  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Runaway and Homeless Youth Regulations
  • Proposed Performance Standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees
  • The Overview of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Proposed Rule

The Forty to None Project Requests Your Participation

RHY Grantees You may be aware of the great work that the Forty to None Project does!  They are conducting an important survey that will continue to help them understand the experiences of service providers working with youth experiencing homelessness, particularly those youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).  They have partnered with the Palette Fund and the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to create the second iteration of the Serving Our Youth survey and they would like to hear from you.

The Forty to None Project first conducted this survey in 2011, and thanks to the participation of service providers around the country, Serving Our Youth has brought significant movement around the issue of LGBT youth homelessness at the national, state, and local levels.  You can access the report here https://truecolorsfund.org/portfolio/serving-our-youth.

The survey will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.  In order to complete the survey, you will need access to demographic and programmatic information related to the youth your organization served in 2013.  There are questions in this survey you may not be able to answer because you do not have the appropriate data. If that is the case, it is requested that you provide your best estimate for that question. If you still cannot provide an answer, please leave the question or the portion of the question blank and move onto the rest of the survey.

Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/RHYyouthprovider to access the survey.  The survey deadline is June 1. If you have any questions about this effort or the survey, please contact Jama Shelton, Forty to None Project Director, at 212-461-4401 ext. 103 or [email protected]<mailto:[email protected].

Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to respond to this survey and for all of your work to help and support young people every day.


Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Notice of Proposed Rulemaking April 2014

The Family and Youth Services Bureau invites the public to comment on proposed regulations for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. Comments are due by June 13, 2014. The regulations would establish new program performance standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families.  It also proposes revisions to existing performance standards to reflect recent statutory changes and to update procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.  The proposed regulations are published under the authority granted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (Title III of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974), 42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq. as amended by the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378).

Review the proposed Regulations in the Federal Register

Provide your comments on Regulations.gov

FYSB Revised Regulations


How can youth make a difference?

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) (FindYouthInfo.gov) is having a contest for youth and they want to hear how youth make a difference directly from the experts: young change makers like you.

Can you think of a time when you were eager to make a difference? How did you turn your passion into action? Share your advise with other youth and young adults who want to make a difference and are figuring out where to start.

Submit your photos or a poster that inspires others to take action for a chance to win $500!

Click here to learn more or visit: http://engage.findyouthinfo.gov/contribute/ye4c-contest-2014.

Click above to learn about Change Makers or visit: http://engage.findyouthinfo.gov/change-makers.


RHY Grantees - OPA Just announced a new blog! Check it out below.

The Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Public Affairs, (OPA) just published a blog on the Summer Food Service Program which explains the program and contains contact information on how to find a summer food service site and how to become a sponsor. We hope this information is helpful to you and your partner organizations.



FYSB Announces Restoration of Sequestered Funds!

The Consolidated Appropriattions Act of 2014 provided the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) with resources for FYSB to restore a portion of the funding withheld from the RHY grantees impacted by sequestration in 2013.  Please read the attached letter from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Associate Commissioner Bill Bentley regarding details of the the restoration of grant funds.


Upcoming USCIS Webinar

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is hosting a webinar training session to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes.  During this training, subject matter experts from the USCIS Vermont Service Center and Office of Policy and Strategy will provide an overview of the T and U visas as well as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). USCIS officials will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

To participate in this session:  On the day of the session, please use the information below to join by Web and/or phone.  To connect by Web: https://connect16.uc.att.com/uscis/meet/?ExEventID=87346435&CT=M.  When prompted, please enter your name and email address to enter the meeting room.  To join the session by phone: 1-888-790-1719 - Passcode: TUVAWA.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected].

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