RHY News

Introducing the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center

What better way to kick off Human Trafficking Awareness Month than to introduce a new training and technical assistance center designed to address human trafficking throughout the nation? On behalf of the Office on Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we are pleased to announce the launch of the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC). NHTTAC offers a variety of resources to help build your capacity to serve survivors of trafficking and those at risk of trafficking.

Learn more about NHTTAC’s approach to addressing human trafficking by downloading the attachment.

 

New Rule for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) published a final rule today reflecting existing statutory requirements in the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Act and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008. The RHY final rule details additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach Programs, including non-discrimination, background checks, outreach, and training, and establishes program performance standards for RHY grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Performance standards build on standards already used as priorities in funding opportunity announcements and awards. This rule also updates procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.

Click here to read the final rule.

 

National Runaway Prevention Month Twitter Chat

National Runaway Prevention Month Twitter Chat

Every year, tens of thousands of young people experience homelessness. Alone on the street, youth can become victims of violence, develop substance abuse issues, and be forced to trade sex for food and shelter.

These youth also often have significant mental health needs and social support needs - friends and others they can count on to help them overcome their situation. This year's theme for National Runaway Prevention Month is "Ending Youth Homelessness: Friends Helping Friends," highlighting the role each of us plays in helping youth transition safely to adulthood.

Join NCFY and the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 7th to discuss the needs of homeless youth and how you can help.

To join the chat, use the hashtag #NCFYtalk to share information and learn from your fellow colleagues.

What: National Runaway Prevention Month Twitter Chat

Who: NCFY (@NCFY) and NRS (@1800Runaway)

When: Wednesday, December 7, 1:00 p.m. EST

Where: Twitter, using hashtag #NCFYtalk

 

Recorded USICH Webinar Available: Preparing for the 2017 PIT Count

Recorded USICH Webinar Available: Preparing for the 2017 PIT Count

On Monday, November 21, 2016, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness hosted a webinar highlighting promising practices for counting youth and included Federal partners from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Chapin Hall and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Participants shared recently published resources, early lessons learned from the national Voices of Youth Count initiative led by Chapin Hall, highlights from a local youth count, and recommendations on integrating efforts to count youth as part of the broader PIT count.

To view the recording of the webinar, go to: https://www.usich.gov/tools-for-action/webinar-preparing-for-the-2017-pit-count-promising-practices-for-counting-youth

 

National Runaway Prevention Month

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). This year, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY), and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are joining forces to increase awareness and educate the public about the issues surrounding youth homelessness. NRPM provides an opportunity for local communities from across the country to discuss challenges and best practices related to runaway and homeless youth.

This year's NRPM theme is "Friends Helping Friends." Youth in crisis learn about available services or programs through friends or individuals who assist them through their situation. Youth do not learn about these resources online. Instead they typically talk about their situations to a friend or caring adult because they trust these individuals to care, listen, and support them. When we provide youth with the appropriate tools, we help them find alternative solutions and seek assistance before running away or becoming homeless. Preventing these situations contributes to our efforts to end youth homelessness.

Let's start conversations about the alternatives to running away. Let's increase community awareness and education. Let's support NRPM because these efforts are critical milestones towards our final goal: End Youth Homelessness in 2020. 

We want to invite you to join NRPM 2016. Below you will find a list of resources and activities to help your program become a part of this national effort.  

National Events

  • Wednesday, November 9th: 'Wear Green' Day. Most people have something green in their closet; whether it be a t-shirt, tie, pair of socks, etc. Coordinate a 'wear green' day with your friends, coworkers, students, and/or classmates on November 9th. This is a fun and easy way to get people to learn more about NRPM. For added impact, take a photo of your group wearing green and post it to social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY, and we will share your photo!
  • Wednesday, November 16th: National Candlelight Vigil. Youth service agencies, community groups, and individuals will be hosting candlelight vigils to show solidarity with youth in crisis. Host your own candlelight vigil in your neighborhood, at your school, your workplace, your place of worship, etc. This event is low cost and high impact. If you are attending the 2016 National RHY Grantees Conference, plan to participate in the candlelight event. For more details, please visit www.rhyttac.net.     
  • Wednesday, November 23rd: Selfie Sign Day. On this day, the NRS website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, will have a 'Selfie Sign' available for agencies to download. Use the caption "This is how I have helped a friend..." and share a story of how you helped a friend. Post your selfies on social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY and we will share your photo!

Additional Resources:

 

National Runaway Prevention Month is Here!

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). This year, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY), and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are joining forces to increase awareness and educate the public about the issues surrounding youth homelessness. NRPM provides an opportunity for local communities from across the country to discuss the challenges and best practices related to runaway and homeless youth.

This year's NRPM theme is "Friend Helping Friends." Youth in crisis learn about available services or programs through friends or individuals who assist them through their situation. Youth typically talk about their situations to a friend or caring adult because they trust these individuals to care, listen, and support them. When we provide youth with the appropriate tools, we help them find alternative solutions and seek assistance before running away or becoming homeless. Preventing these situations contributes to our efforts to end youth homelessness.

Let's start conversations about the alternatives to running away. Let's increase community awareness and education. Let's support NRPM because these efforts are critical milestones towards our final goal: End Youth Homelessness in 2020. 

We want to invite you to join NRPM 2016. Below you will find a list of resources and activities to help your program become a part of this national effort.  

National Events

•         Wednesday, November 9th: 'Wear Green' Day. Most people have something green in their closet; whether it be a t-shirt, tie, pair of socks, etc. Coordinate a 'wear green' day with your friends, coworkers, students, and/or classmates on November 9th. This is a fun and easy way to get people to learn more about NRPM. For added impact, take a photo of your group wearing green and post it to social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY and we will share your photo!

•         Wednesday, November 16th: National Candlelight Vigil. Youth service agencies, community groups, and individuals will be hosting candlelight vigils to show solidarity with youth in crisis. Host your own candlelight vigil in your neighborhood, at your school, your workplace, your place of worship, etc. This event is low cost and high impact. If you are attending the National Runaway and Homeless Youth Conference, plan to participate in the candlelight event. For more details, please visit www.rhyttac.net.     

•         Wednesday, November 23rd: Selfie Sign Day: On this day, the NRS website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, will have a 'Selfie Sign' available for agencies to download. Use the caption "This is how I have helped a friend..." and share a story of how you helped a friend. Post your selfies on social media with the hashtag #NRPM2016 and #EndYouthHomelessness. Tag NRS, RHYTTAC, and NCFY and we will share your photo!

Additional Resources:

 

Fall RHY Data Submission Period

The Fall RHY Data Submission Period Will Begin Tomorrow

As a reminder, the fall RHY data submission period begins Wednesday, November 2, 2016 and ends Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Please note that you will not be able to log in before November 2.

The reporting period should include all RHY clients active anytime between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 (12 months).

Request technical assistance via the on-line RHYMIS TA Service Desk at www.RHYMISServiceDesk.net. If you haven't done so previously, you will be prompted to register (NOTE: this is different from the username and password provided in the email sent Oct. 20th for RHYPoint data uploads) before being able to submit a TA request.

RHY-HMIS Website Updated!

The RHY-HMIS webpage has been re-organized with links to updated materials.  Please visit the page at:
http://rhyttac.net/rhymis-hmis.

In particular you'll find updates to:

  • RHYMIS User Guide:  Uploading RHYMIS Data User Guide, v2.1 (October 2016)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (October 2016)
  • Data Quality Report Manual (November 2016)

Please review all three carefully.  All materials from the recent RHYMIS webinar are also posted there:

  • Webinar audio/visual recording,
  • PowerPoint slide presentation, and webinar transcript.
 

Webinar Materials Available for: Collecting and Uploading RHY Data in HMIS

Webinar Materials Now Available

Thank you for registering for the Knowing Our Youth: Collecting and Uploading Runaway and Homeless Youth Data in HMIS webinar held September 22, 2016. If you were unable to attend, or would like to review the information covered, the following materials are now available at: http://www.rhyttac.net/rhymis-hmis:

  • Webinar audio/visual recording,
  • PowerPoint slide presentation,
  • Webinar transcription, and
  • Update FAQ document

Important Information

The Fall RHY data submission period begins Wednesday, November 2, 2016 and ends Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Please note that you will not be able to log in before November 2.

The reporting period includes all RHY clients active anytime within October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016 (12 months).

Request technical assistance via the on-line RHYMIS TA Service Desk at www.RHYMISServiceDesk.net. If you haven't done so previously, you will be prompted to register (NOTE: this is different from the username and password provided in this email for RhyPoint data uploads) before being able to submit a TA request.

 

National Briefing Call on Human Trafficking

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program National Briefing Call: "Human Trafficking Among Runaway and Homeless Youth - Challenges, Needs, and Best Practices"

Dear Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee,

You are invited to join Polaris on a National Briefing Call to discuss human trafficking and its impact on runaway and homeless youth (RHY) programs. This National Briefing Call will be an opportunity to share experiences and your work with RHY victims/survivors of sex and labor trafficking.

During the call, we will also discuss staff training needs, program capacity, barriers to victim identification and response, prevention resources, and the role of RHY in the anti-trafficking field. Come prepared with questions and comments that reflect your experience working with RHY victims/survivors of human trafficking. Registration is required to participate in this call with Polaris.

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Registration link: https://nspn.adobeconnect.com/htbriefingcall/event/event_info.html

Moderators:
Valerie Schmitt, MSW, LSW
Manager, Advisory Services
Polaris

Rory O'Brien
Associate, Advisory Services
Polaris

 

It's time to start planning for National Runaway Prevention Month!

"National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the federally designated communication system for runaway and homeless youth, and National Network for Youth (NN4Y). The goals of NRPM are two-fold:

1. To raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face
2. To educate the public about solutions and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness

NRPM began in October of 2002. President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children, where leaders from across the country convened to discuss issues and challenges related to the runaway and homeless youth crisis. What was once known as National Runaway Prevention Week was thus expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign.
Over the years, members of Congress have taken steps to commemorate National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM); supporting and recognizing its goals and ideals by introducing both House and Senate Resolutions. Proud sponsors of NRPM resolutions have included Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Susan Collins (R- ME), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK).

The theme of NRPM 2016 is “Friends Helping Friends.” This theme is designed to communicate how youth, parents, family members and educators are hearing about the National Runaway Safeline. While the majority of our callers do hear about us online, there is a large portion of callers that hear about us through a friend or an acquaintance, who is assisting the youth through their situation. A youth will typically trust a friend enough to talk about their problems. A friend is there to support, listen and care."

To read more about NRPM and to plan how you can help raise awareness, please check out the tool kit at: http://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/NRPM-2016-ToolKit-and-Messaging-Guide-1.pdf

 
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