RHY News

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].

 

Today is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day!

Today is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day!  Here are some helpful resources to share information and discuss the importance of testing. https://www.hiv.gov/blog/today-is-national-youth-hiv-aids-awareness-day-nyhaad

For Youth
It’s Your Sex Life: Get Yourself Tested - http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/gyt/ - this site is ran by MTV, and has an accompanying Facebook page.  It has PSA’s, a clinic locator and information about condoms.  This is a very youth-friendly site; very interactive.  Sister website is http://gytnow.org/

For Professionals
Advocates for Youth - http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/  - A comprehensive site for youth, professionals and teachers.  Advocates for Youth runs three sister sites that cater to certain populations:
My Sistas - http://www.mysistahs.org/ - geared toward young women of color
http://www.youthresource.org/ - run for and by LGBTQ youth
http://www.ambientejoven.org/ - for Spanish-speaking LGBTQ youth
Together we are Greater that AIDS - http://greaterthan.org/  - comprehensive site with lots of information and tools for education, advocacy, treatment, etc.

 

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 

 

It’s time for the 2014 RHY Grantees Conference Call for Presenters!

On behalf of the 2014 FYSB RHY Grantees Conference Planning Committee, we are excited to provide you with this 2014 Call for Presenters.  The conference will be held this November 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona.  We will need over 50 workshop trainings of 90 minute duration.  We have attached the application for convenience; however, you may also complete this form online at: https://nsp.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_163877&tmpl=component.  As you will see, we are seeking workshops addressing pressing issues and cutting-edge practices that will be most helpful to a wide variety of grantees.  The deadline for submitting proposals is May 15, 2014.

The Conference Planning Committee appreciates your willingness to share your experience and expertise with fellow grantees.  Please feel free to send this Call for Presenters to your colleagues in the field you believe would be valuable additions to the conference training experience.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Frierson at 502-635-3660 x 1015, [email protected] or Mark Wolf at 865-382-6648, [email protected].

 

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.

 

Time to Thrive

The Human Rights Campaign has established a new Foundation program, Youth Well-Being, to address the needs and concerns of LGBTQ youth (ages 13 to 18) that were highlighted by over 10,000 LGBTQ teens surveyed in 2012.  The signature event will be Time to Thrive, a conference for educators, social workers, counselors, healthcare providers, and other youth-serving professionals who want to learn the emerging best practices and improve their skills and knowledge when working with LGBTQ youth.  The full program is at www.timetothrive.org, and it will include information on HIV prevention, the importance of family acceptance, bullying, behavioral health interventions, transgender support, and others.

View flyer here.

 
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