RHY News

Foster Care Youth in RHY Programs - Information Memorandum

Earlier this year, many of you requested guidance on youth who run from foster care and enter an RHY shelter.  Both the Administration on Children and Families' Acting Assistant Secretary, Mark Greenberg, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Associate Commissioner, William Bentley heard your voices.  So, in September, Mr. Bentley, issued a letter informing you of the forthcoming guidance and committing FYSB  to working with the Children's Bureau.  We, along with the Children's Bureau, are pleased to provide you with specific guidance on this topic in the form of the attached Information Memorandum (IM).  This IM, titled, "Foster Care Youth in RHY Programs - Information Memorandum," gives guidance on the appropriate provision of services for youth who run away from foster care and come in contact with runaway and homeless youth programs. 

ACF Information Memorandum


FYSB Announces FY2014 Grant Awards for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

The Family and Youth Services Bureau has announced the recipients of 2014 Grant Awards for the Basic Center Program, Street Outreach Program and the Domestic Victims of Severe Trafficking Program. To review the lists of recipients, please select the applicable link below.

BCP: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/2014-bcp-awards

SOP: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/2014-sop-awards

Human trafficking: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/2014-domestic-victims-severe-trafficking

Look for coming posting for all programs: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/news/rhy-fy2014-grant-awards


Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act with Us!

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act was created to ensure that all RHY have a sense of safety and structure, belonging and membership, self-worth and social contribution, independence and control over one’s life, and closeness in interpersonal relationships. Throughout the last 40 years, this is exactly what RHY Grantees have been providing and we want to celebrate your success!

We are planning to put together a tribute that will highlight some of the wonderful memories you have created since the RHY Act was signed in 1974. We also would like to share what your dreams are for the next 40 years. Your organization can be a part of this celebration by submitting your story.

Here’s how:

  • Gather photographs, letters, drawings and other documents reflecting an extraordinary history of your organization throughout the last 40 years.
    Don’t have these items? That’s ok! Be creative! You can also create a short video to share!
    Note: Images should be formatted as .jpg, .png, .pdf and videos should be formatted to .mov.
    If sharing multiple images, please make sure they are in chronological order by the image name (ex. 1985NSPN.jpg, 2004NSPN.mov – or 1NSPN.jpg, 2NSPN.jpg, 3NSPN.mov, etc.)
    Don’t forget to respect the confidentiality rights for youth currently and previously in care. Confidentiality is a fundamental part of our professional practice that keeps our kids safe!
  • Once you have gathered the materials, you may upload them at: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_170777.
    You may also complete the attached form and forward the completed form and content you would like to share via email to Elizabeth Smith Miller, Communications Coordinator, at [email protected].
  • Please make sure that you also include the organization name, contact name, and phone number along with the submission. Submissions sent via email must also complete and return the attached 40th Anniversary Celebration form. If a form is not received, the email submission will not be utilized.
  • All entries must be received no later than Monday, September 22, 2014.

Not sure what types of information you can share? Here are some ideas and questions to get you started:

  1. Do you have a photo, selfie, drawing, or another document that represents the history of your organization during the past 40 years?
  2. What are your organizations greatest advancements and successes?
  3. What are some of the happiest, funniest, favorite, or most rewarding moments that you, your staff, or the youth have created at your organization?
  4. What are you most proud of?
  5. What traditions have you created and do you still enjoy with staff and youth?
  6. Do you have a long time staff member that would like to highlight his or her time in the RHY field or share their greatest lesson learned during their tenure? Perhaps he or she would like to share words of wisdom for future generations of grantees.
  7. Do you have/know youth that would like to share success stories or how their lives have been impacted in a positive way?
  8. When sitting around discussing the traditions, triumphs, and transformations of the organization and youth served with others, what is the "go to story" or your favorite memory that you share?
  9. Do you have/know a youth that has paid it forward or given back to the community because of services received by your organization?

Be a part of this awesome event; share your stories today!


Just Announced - 2014 Street Outreach Grantees Meeting

The Family and Youth Services Bureau announces a unique opportunity for outreach workers of Street Outreach Programs to come together for the first FYSB SOP Grantees Meeting.  This event is scheduled for September 16th at the Crowne Plaza, Dulles Airport in the Washington D.C. area. Please see the invite from Resa F. Matthew, Ph.D., Director, Division of Adolescent Development and Support, Family and Youth Services Bureau.

This event is specifically tailored for outreach workers and will focus on the intersection between street outreach and human trafficking prevention/intervention efforts. The meeting is part of the National Safe Place Network/RHYTTAC's HTR3 Initiative funded by FYSB. The HTR3 framework focuses on the need for providers of human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts to Recognize, Respect and Respond to victims/survivors in ways that are strength based, trauma informed and culturally competent.

This opportunity comes with a very short deadline so please don’t delay in making plans to attend.

Important planning points:
There will be one stipend of up to $600 for a representative of your FYSB funded Street Outreach Program to attend. Stipend forms will be posted to this site as of September 1 and will be available at the meeting. Please note that participants must attend the entire meeting to be eligible for the stipend. Receipts for airfare, lodging, ground transportation, baggage, etc. must be included with Stipend request.
• The hotel rate is $114 plus tax and participants should plan on arriving on September 15, 2014. The hotel deadline is September 1, 2014. The hotel link is www.cpdulles.com. When calling for reservations, please identify yourself as an attendee of the National Safe Place Network/RHYTTAC SOP Grantees Meeting. The hotel is directly across the street from multiple dining options at various price points. The hotel offers free shuttle service to/from Dulles Airport. Note: Breakfast and Lunch WILL be provided for all participants as part of the meeting on the 16th.
• The meeting is on September 16th beginning at 8:30 a.m. and adjourning at 4:00 p.m. All participants must register for the event even though there is not a registration fee. To register: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_169002

The event will include opportunities for both large and small group discussions around tips and techniques related to outreach and identification of human trafficking victims/survivors. Participants will be encouraged to discuss challenges, successes and best practices related to this critical work. The content is designed for staff members responsible for conducting outreach work and these participants will benefit most from the experience.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you take full advantage of this opportunity to connect and learn from each other.

Please contact [email protected] if you need additional information.

SOP Meeting


You are invited to participate in an Innovation Circles Project!

You are invited to participate in an Innovation Circles Project which explores how human service organizations address professional development needs. National Safe Place Network and MANY - two national organizations who are committed to building capacity of youth and family service agencies - want your help in understanding how we can best support professional development for those that work with youth and families.

How do you participate? Just share your experience with us. Your responses will be part of a national data collection and review effort exploring how agencies are responding to the ever-changing needs of the staff at their organizations. Your responses are confidential - all data will be analyzed in the aggregate.

We know that your perspective about what you need and about what other staff may need is impacted by the role that you have within your organization. We want to capture these perspectives and address professional development from as many angles as possible. As such, we are deliberate in our attempts to hear from staff at four different levels of organizations:

·         Lead Now (Executive Leaders)

·         Program Excellence (Program level Supervisors, Managers, Department Heads, etc.)

·         Intentional Interventions (Clinical Staff, Case Managers, Counselors, etc.)

·         Shift Change (Direct Care, Outreach, Milieu Supervision, Support Staff, etc.)

Here is how you can help inform the field:

  • First, follow the link below and spend 10-15 minutes completing the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/InnovationCirclesPD
  • Second, forward this message to colleagues in your organization as well as those at other agencies. We want to reach far and wide to collect responses from human service workers across the United States.
  • Third, please consider encouraging team members who provide the most frontline services in your agency to participate. In our initial pilot, these very important "Shift Change" perspectives were unfortunately underrepresented.

We ask that you provide responses no later than August 15, 2014.

That's it! If you are interested in the final report of this national Innovation Circles Project, you may choose to provide your email address at the end of your survey (please note your email will not be attached to your survey responses). If you have any questions about the survey or the Innovation Circles Project, please contact either Tammy Hopper, NSPN, at [email protected] or 502-635-3660, or Kristen Truffa, MANY, at [email protected] or 412-965-9067.

We very much appreciate your time and participation in this effort.


National Safe Place Network and MANY


Talk it Out Thursday Resources Available - Summer Youth Jobs

During the last Talk it Out Thursday call we discussed "Summer Youth Jobs"!   The conversation offered some great resources that we'd like to share with you.  Check out the links below:





Talk it Out Thursday is a conference call that provides an opportunity for staff from RHY programs to join in for an hour-long discussion regarding a variety of topics. This option is perfect for individuals who really want to connect and hear from other grantees directly about specific topics. Join us at 3:00pm ET each Thursday to Talk It Out!


Sponsorship, Exhibit, and Advertising opportunities are available at the 2014 National RHY Grantees Conference!

You're Invited to sponsor, exhibit, and / or advertise during the 2014 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees Conference hosted by RHYTTAC (Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center) which is operated by National Safe Place Network.  This is a great opportunity for you to promote your organization (services and / or products) and demonstrate your support to hundreds of youth service providers and organizations from across the nation.  

This unique opportunity awaits you in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11 – 13, 2014 at The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.  Events such as our welcome reception, refreshment breaks, and off site visits are available for sponsorship and provide networking opportunities for RHY Grantees, Exhibitors, and Sponsors.  Attendees include all levels of agency staff, ranging from the direct care staff to the executive leadership of a wide variety of youth and family-serving agencies.  There are a limited number of exhibitors that have been invited to participate.  We believe the information, services or products you have to offer can benefit the conference participants on an organizational and/or personal level. 

We are confident that this year’s annual conference will be a huge success and will offer a wealth of valuable information to the attendees. Please download and review the Sponsor and Exhibitor Invitation Kit to see the opportunities that await you!  If you would like to participate, please complete registration online at: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_164093.  You may also print, complete and mail the registration form with payment to the National Safe Place Network office no later than Monday, September 1, 2014.  Please contact Elizabeth at [email protected] if you have questions or for additional information.  We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

To download the Sponsor and Exhibitor Invitation Kit, you may click the provided links or visit: https://nspn.memberclicks.net/assets/assets/sponsorship%20and%20exhibitor%20invitation%20kit.pdf.


The Call for Presenters Deadline Has Ended - Thank you for all who submitted proposals! 

The conference will be held this November 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona.  We anticipate having approximately 50 workshop trainings of 90 minutes in duration.  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 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, RHYTTAC Training Specialist, at 502-635-3660 x1015, [email protected] or Mark Wolf, RHYTTAC Training Director, at 865-382-6648, [email protected].

We hope to see you in Phoenix!


Basic Center and Street Outreach Program Grant Application Deadline Extended

Grants.gov is planning a systems enhancement from May 10 – 12, 2014. As a result, the official deadline for submission of the BCP and SOP applications has been extended until May 14, 2014.  All other submission requirements remain unchanged.


Town Hall Meeting

The recorded session is now available at https://nationalsafeplace.ilinc.com/join/shfrxww

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is pleased to offer a Town Hall meeting reviewing the proposed regulations for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.

The proposed regulations would establish new program performance standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families. Also proposed are revisions to existing performance standards to reflect recent statutory changes and to update procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.

The Town Hall session is scheduled for Friday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. This meeting will provide an overview of the newly released regulations and its implications for your work. The call will cover: 

  • Background, objectives and purpose for the proposed regulations;
  • Major changes proposed in the rule; and
  • Information on how to submit public comments.

Joining us on this call will be Resa Matthew, Director of the Division of Adolescent Development and Support; Christopher Holloway, Central Office Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Manager; and William Clair, Region West Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Manager at the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Prior to the call, we encourage you to become familiar with the following documents located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/proposed-performance-standards-rhy

  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Runaway and Homeless Youth Regulations
  • Proposed Performance Standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees
  • The Overview of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Proposed Rule
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