RHY Resources


Improving Engagement with Older Teens and Young Adults

A new report from Pathways RTC describes strategies for improving engagement with older youth and young adults ages 18-24. Based on interviews with 26 providers in eight states, the resource describes positive features of drop-in settings, peer engagement, and using social media for outreach.

Download the full report at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/emerging-strategies-for-engaging-young-people.pdf


Tools for Addressing Racial Disparity in RHY Programs

Racial Equity Network, formed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a forum aimed at building awareness of and addressing racial disparities in systems responding to homelessness. As part of this effort, the Network designed a tool that helps organizations use service data to assess whether racial and ethnic disparities exist within their own programs.

Assess your program at https://endhomelessness.org/resource/the-alliances-racial-equity-network-toolkit/


Free Visual Library on RHY and Rapid Re-housing

Point Source Youth, a nonprofit serving populations disproportionately affected by homelessness, offers a free online library that includes videos on rapid re-housing, and a storytelling archive focused on the experiences of homeless youth and housing advocates. Rapid re-housing videos describe lessons learned in cities like LA and Seattle, dos and don’ts, and implementation tips for organizations new to the model.

View the library at https://www.pointsourceyouth.org/media-library


Social Enterprises Turn Trash into Treasure

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes how nonprofit service providers in the Cascade Alliance are using waste-based social enterprises to generate revenue and to provide employment and skill-building opportunities for clients. Projects that recycle mattresses, refurbish or recycle cast-off electronics and construction materials, and those that re-sell books and clothing boast environmental, economic and social benefits for their communities.

Access the full report at



Forming Volunteer Families for RHY

Children’s Voice magazine recently highlighted a Baltimore, MD program called Thread which matches struggling high school freshmen with teams of volunteer “friends and family.” Volunteers invite youth to social activities, and provide rides, tutoring and help with college for up to 10 years—well past high school—ensuring follow-through and commitment. According to the program, 87 percent of participants graduate from high school within six years, and 83 percent complete degree or certificate programs within ten years.

Read the article at https://www.cwla.org/from-the-next-childrens-voice-weaving-a-bright-future/

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