RHY Resources

Quick Guide to FYSB RHYTTAC’s Human Trafficking Resources

Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) provides human trafficking resources to employees that are working within runaway and homeless youth (RHY) funded programs.

Quick Guide to HT Resources - WEB.pdf


Ready for Anything: A Disaster Planning Manual for RHY Programs

This manual teaches the “Ps and Rs” (prevention and preparedness, response, and recovery) of disaster planning. It includes worksheets and checklists to guide you step by step through the process of creating an emergency-preparedness plan for your youth-serving agency.

Ready for Anything_final_020719.pdf


Understanding Why Young People Engage and Disengage in Services

As part of Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count study, researchers explored the attitudes that 215 young people held toward engaging in formal and informal homelessness services. Through a series of vignettes, a recent article in Cityscape describes how young people’s identity, experiences, and desire to act on their own behalf are related to patterns of support-seeking. The study emphasizes that all young people are capable of different levels of engagement depending on the circumstances, and that providers should consider it a fluid, multidimensional concept. RHY providers can use study results to better understand what may be affecting individual RHY’s behavior and to create conditions that make it easier for any particular young person to connect with services. Read the article.

Link: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscpe/vol20num3/ch2.pdf



Podcasts on Social Issues Affecting RHY

The Listen up People podcast series from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work features experts on social challenges such as equity, suicide, and gun violence. Episodes run about 30 minutes and are available for free through iTunes, Spotify, Sound cloud and other platforms. Look for new episodes on trauma and trafficking in early 2019. RHY providers can listen to podcasts as a staff development activity, and to educate and spark discussions with groups of young people. Explore and listen to podcasts.

Link: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu/podcast


Helping Young People Engage with Natural Supports

This three-page resource from UMass Medical School shares best practices for engaging families – and supports of choice – in service planning with young people. The tool offers tips on framing conversations, working through conflict, and protecting youth’s boundaries. A simple activity for helping young people identify their natural supports is also included. In recognition that social networks are fluid and ever-changing, RHY providers are encouraged to complete this activity with young people on a regular basis. Download this tool.

Link: https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1128&context=pib

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