RHY Resources

Motivation and the Developing Brain

A recent working paper from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child explains how motivation systems develop and act in the brain. The paper includes an interactive graphic, and describes the differences between “wanting” and “liking” pathways; how adverse childhood experiences disrupt the development of balanced systems; the brain’s response to addiction; and how peer interaction gives adolescents a dopamine boost. RHY providers can use this resource to better understand what motivates young people’s behavior, and share the accompanying graphic directly with young people for substance use prevention. Learn more.

Link: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/understanding-motivation-building-the-brain-architecture-that-supports-learning-health-and-community-participation/


Apply for FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

Deadline: April 4, 2019

Posted: February 4, 2019

OVC is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.

Organizations funded under this program will—

  • provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
  • ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
  • document the progress of the project.

This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.

OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on February 20, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. e.t. to review requirements and answer questions. Register now.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking funding opportunity. For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

Apply by April 4, 2019.

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SOAR Training for Youth Serving Professionals

Many youth victims of human trafficking come into contact with health care and social service professionals yet remain unidentified. Youth and young adult victims of trafficking can present a wide range of physical and psychological health issues and social service needs. This webinar training aims to educate social service providers, youth serving organizations, and health care providers on how to identify, treat, and create a collaborative and appropriate response to youth victims of human trafficking. 


SOAR to Health and Wellness Live Webinar 8_21.pdf


Study: “Vaping” is Up, Other Drug Use Declines in High Schools

An annual report from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research used data on 44,000 high school students to examine trends in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2017 to 2018. While data indicates that cigarette smoking and drinking declined, and marijuana use remained steady, use of e-cigarettes (or “vaping”) nearly doubled. Opioid misuse appears low in high schoolers, but builds among 18- to 24-year-olds, suggesting a need to target young adults for prevention efforts. Learn more about the study.


Link: http://www.aappublications.org/news/2018/12/17/monitoringfuture121718







For Goodness Cakes Expanding to East Coast

The nonprofit For Goodness Cakes partners with volunteers and organizations serving disadvantaged youth (up to age 27) in order to provide home-baked cakes that celebrate the special moments in young people’s lives. In addition to chapters in AZ, CA and NM, the organization recently opened an office in Philadelphia, PA. RHY providers in these areas can apply online to become partners; those in other regions can encourage local “champions” to start a new chapter nearby. Submit a request or learn more about forming a new chapter.


Link: http://www.forgoodnesscakes.org/

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