RHY News

2014 Transitional Living and Maternity Group Home Program Grant Awards

The Family and Youth Services Bureau has announced the recipients of fiscal year 2014 grants for the Transitional Living and Maternity Group Home Program. These grants fund programs that house older homeless youth, including pregnant and parenting teens and their children, and prepare them for adulthood.  View the results here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/2014-tlp-awards 

 

LGBT Human Services Report – Exploring Provider Experiences Serving LGBTQ RHY

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has sponsored a study to learn about strategies for identifying and serving LGBTQ RHY, the challenges programs face in understanding and addressing the needs of this population, and potential areas for future research. The study focused on four local agencies receiving grants from the Administration for Children and Families’ RHY Program.

The Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth: Case Studies of RHY Grantees report can be accessed here:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/14/lgbt-rhy/rpt_lgbtq%20rhy.cfm

Key findings included:

Two of the four agencies collect information on sexual orientation through questions on intake or assessment forms completed by staff or youth. In three agencies, intake or assessment forms include questions on gender identity that feature response options for transgender status. Staff also sometimes gather information on sexual orientation and gender identity when youth share it during less structured interactions.

  • Agencies were not always able to completely or accurately collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity data due to youths’ reticence in answering questions, concerns among staff members about recording these characteristics in agency records, and the absence in some agencies of standardized protocols for gathering sexual orientation or gender identity information.
  • Many staff providing direct services indicated that they consider the sexual orientation or gender identity as they create service plans for individual youth. Staff use this information to tailor some services (such as referrals for counseling) and (1) to determine housing and bathroom accommodations, (2) for assignment to case managers, and (3) in making appropriate health care referrals.
  • Staff generally felt that homeless youth face similar types of risks, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Nevertheless, some types of risks—emotional distress and poor mental health, substance abuse and sexual risk behavior, and problems with family and personal relationships—were perceived to be particularly salient or frequent among LGBTQ youth.
  • Challenges that affect efforts to improve services for LGBTQ RHY include (1) lack of local resources that focus on LGBTQ youth; (2) difficulty of overcoming social stigma, especially toward LGBTQ youth of color and transgender or gender-nonconforming youth; and (3) staff concerns about singling out a specific population of RHY, while continuing to help all youth who need an agency’s services.
  • Staff recommended future research in six general areas: (1) the size of the LGBTQ RHY population in local areas, (2) characteristics of subpopulations of LGBTQ RHY youth, (3) risk and protective factors among LGBTQ RHY, (4) factors contributing to LGBTQ youth homelessness, (5) experiences of LGBTQ youth involved in multiple systems, and (6) service models that focus on LGBTQ RHY.
 

National Condom Week

February 14, 2014 marks the first day for National Condom Week! Not only can you celebrate this week by keeping safe, but you can also teach youth around you to do the same!

Here are some helpful resources to help you “have the talk”.

Planned Parenthood - http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/condom-10187.htm - Want to learn about condoms?  This is a great place to do it!

Bedsider - http://bedsider.org/  - This is an easy to navigate, interactive site that provides information on many types of birth control.

Sex, etc. - http://sexetc.org/ - This is an easy to navigate, interactive site that provides Sex Ed by teens.

I Know Mine – http://www.iknowmine.org/#sthash.FuGUbcBr.dpbs   - This is an informative, youth-friendly sexual health site.

Going to teach others about sexual health?  - Or, want to learn more before giving the talk? 

The following sites provide trainings to make it easier!

The Office of Adolescent Health - http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-publications/webinars.html

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy - http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/

Advocates for Youth - http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/ - This is a comprehensive site for youth, professionals and teachers.

ETR Associates – http://www.etr.org/ - Provides brochures such as:

  • Condoms: Think About It (Bilingual)
  • STD Facts – highly recommended
  • Condoms and STDs
  • Condoms: How to Use Them (Blingual)
  • Gay Men and Oral Sex
 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

In January 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation that declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to shed light on the exploitation of nearly 27 million women, men and children worldwide1; these victims are often overlooked, and those who routinely interact with victims and survivors may lack awareness or tools to properly identify and assist them. Therefore, many victims go without help. Building on the strong record of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (SAP) was developed in 2013 to support the ongoing battle against modern-day slavery to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the United States have access to the tools and services they need to escape exploitation and rebuild their lives. The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and all of its grantee partners are crucial to that effort.

View the federal strategic action plan here.

 

National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV)

This webinar, sponsored by the Federal Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence, will share the preliminary results of the new National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV) funded by the National Institute of Justice. Survey authors, Dr. Bruce Taylor, Dr. Elizabeth Mumford, and Katie Ray-Jones at the National Dating Violence Helpline, will share policy implications of the study.

February 24, 1:00pm ET - Register at: http://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/fbbpzjk

To learn more about the survey, go to http://www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/survey-on-teen-realtionships-and-intimate-violence.aspx
 

Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (SAP)

In January 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation that declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to shed light on the exploitation of nearly 27 million women, men and children worldwide1; these victims are often overlooked, and those who routinely interact with victims and survivors may lack awareness or tools to properly identify and assist them. Therefore, many victims go without help. Building on the strong record of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (SAP) was developed in 2013 to support the ongoing battle against modern-day slavery to ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the United States have access to the tools and services they need to escape exploitation and rebuild their lives. The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and all of its grantee partners are crucial to that effort.

View the federal strategic action plan here.

 

Child & Family Policy Forum on Youth Homelessness provided by Chapin Hall

Child & Family Policy Forum on: Youth Homelessness – What are the Challenges for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Researchers?

Provided by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

For nearly four decades, the federal government has been funding services for homeless youth by providing grants to community- and faith-based organizations as well as to local public and tribal agencies that operate emergency shelters, conduct street outreach, and operate transitional living programs. These programs serve a youth population that is diverse with respect to the reasons they are homeless, the types of assistance they need, and the resources they have to draw upon. Although research on homeless youth has contributed to our knowledge about the characteristics of this population, serving homeless youth continues to be a challenge. We do not have reliable information about the number of youth experiencing homelessness and we have limited knowledge about the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving their outcomes.

During this forum, panelists will discuss the needs of youth experiencing homelessness, how service providers are addressing those needs, and the challenges associated with serving homeless youth. Panelists will also share their thoughts about the federal programs that fund services for homeless youth and how those programs could be improved and augmented.

Panel:
Amy Dworsky, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Paul W. Hamann, President and CEO, The Night Ministry (TNM)
Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director, Larkin Street Youth Services

Moderator:
Bryan Samuels, Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

When:
Tuesday December 10, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM CST

 

FYSB Announces FY2013 Grant Awards for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is pleased to announce the recipients of fiscal year 2013 grants for the Basic Center and Street Outreach Programs, as well as the Runaway and Homeless Youth Capacity Building for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Questioning Youth Populations.

 

Communication from HHS, ACF, FYSB Regarding DPM/PMS During Shutdown

Official letter from Associate Commissioner William H. Bentley regarding questions related to implications of the shutdown for RHY grantees that were awarded funds in FY 2013.

 

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is seeking qualified professionals!

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is seeking qualified professionals and master’s level students with a background in adolescent health, human services, or public health to serve as reviewers and panel chairpersons for a teen pregnancy prevention grant review process.  For more information on ACYF and the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, please visit  www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/index.htm.

How are Grant Application Reviewers Selected?

  • Grant application reviewers are selected for their subject matter expertise and their ability to objectively evaluate the quality of a grant application submitted to receive federal funding. They are expected to use their expertise to assess grant applications according to the published evaluation criteria.

Grant Reviewer Qualifications:

  • Professionals with human services or public health experience, to include program work in teen pregnancy prevention and/or adolescent STI/HIV prevention
  • Students who are pursuing a master’s degree in the human service or public health fields 
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex applications 
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively in a virtual team environment
  • Ability to provide written and oral evaluative comments
  • Reviewer profile in the ACF grant reviewer database

Required Tools:

  • Telephone service and computer with reliable Internet access via broadband or DSL
  • Windows or Mac-based interface
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Back-up plan to access the Internet in the event the primary Internet connection is lost during a review. A connection must be re-established within three hours

Level of Commitment:

  • Participate in approximately 3 mandatory web-based training sessions to prepare for the grant review process
  • Devote 8 hours daily over a period of 5 to 6 days to review applications

Next Steps:

  • Register as a grant application reviewer at www.acfgrantreviewer.com and enter reference code: PREP-001-2013 or call 866-796-1613.

For more information on ACYF and the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, please visit www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/index.htm.

 
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