RHY Resources

Significant Increase in Numbers of Homeless Youth Reported by Schools

The National Center for Homeless Education recently released federal data on the number of children and youth enrolled in public schools who are experiencing homelessness. Data from the 2017-2018 school year indicate that approximately 1.5 million youth experienced homelessness—representing the highest number ever reported nationally, and an increase of 15% over the past three years. Numbers of homeless students living in cars, parks, streets, and other non-shelter locations more than doubled since 2016-2017.

Download the full report at 



Evidence-based Programming for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center recently published a guide on evidence-based mental health programs found to be effective with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth with adverse childhood experiences and mental health problems. The reference guide includes detailed information on evidence-based programs and AI/AN adaptations being implemented across the country, as well as abstracts from related research.

Access the research guide at



Videos: PYD in Juvenile Justice

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has two new five-minute videos that show how communities are helping young people who have been in trouble with the law by using positive youth development (PYD) practices. The videos highlight youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Washington State and describe ways that practitioners are keeping youth out of the system by using adult mentors, art and music programming, and hands-on learning to support youth

Watch the videos at  https://www.aecf.org/blog/supporting-youth-in-trouble-with-the-law-in-their-communities/


Protecting School Rights for RHY

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has developed a five-page guide geared toward families who lack stable housing that describes the educational services that all children have a legal right to, and how to appeal if those rights are violated. The guide describes services available to homeless students, and provides resources and advice on how to file an appeal if needed, including examples of evidence used in an appeal, and how to find a lawyer.

Download the toolkit at https://nlchp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/mvtoolkitfederal2019.pdf


Going National—How to Grow a Small Non-Profit

A recent article from Stanford Social Innovation Review details how one small non-profit quadrupled in size and operating budget in just seven years. Portland, Oregon-based Friends of the Children, which provides mentors to at-risk youth, had just five locations in 2012, but grew to 20 by 2019. The article describes their service model—pairing a salaried mentor with a school-age child through high school graduation, no matter what—and lessons learned including how they were able to fundraise $25 million for their national expansion. Other takeaways include the importance of investing in quality performance management and evaluation, strong community support, and diversified funding.

Read the article at


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