RHY News

Estimating the Prevalence and Probability of Homeless Youth

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) seeks research proposals for estimating the prevalence of homeless youth using existing sources of administrative data such as child welfare agencies, juvenile justice and correctional systems, schools, and hospitals. Up to $2 million will be awarded, with minimum funding of $400,000.  

To learn more information and to submit an application, please see the following:

The deadline to submit a proposal/application to HUD is July 1, 2020. Please contact Ophelia Wilson at [email protected] for any questions.

 

FYSB RHY Program Recruitment Notification

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is gearing up for its 2020 grant review season.  We will soon begin identifying qualified candidates to read, score, and evaluate grant applications in response to FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).  Grant reviews are tentatively scheduled to be held between June and July 2020. 

Approved Reviewers will be invited to join virtual panel review teams that work remotely using secured web-based technology to evaluate federal grant applications. Reviewers will receive monetary compensation for the successful completion of an objective panel review period. 

The two FOAs across FYSB's RHY programs are listed below:   

Please note that reviewers will be selected for RHY’s National Communication System (NCS) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) grant reviews from the pool of responses to the BCP and SOP recruitment results.

Two recruitment flyers, for BCP and SOP, are provided for your review.  To be considered for participation as a FYSB grant reviewer for one or both of the RHY programs, please complete the following two steps:  

  1. Log into your Reviewer Registry Profile.
  2. Click on the “Sessions” tab within your profile and add the session code found on the flyer for the program which you are interested in participating in. 

Please Note:  If you are interested in both programs, both session codes may be added to your profile.

Completion of session registration is requested no later than COB on Friday, May 22nd, 2020.  Please monitor your email for informational updates. For more information please email [email protected].

 

Employment Opportunities with the Family and Youth Services Bureau and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in Washington, DC

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American. At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY) is hiring two Youth Services Program Specialists in Washington, DC.  Duties include, but are not limited to, providing advice and assistance to RHY grantees and youth serving professionals and organization and serving as a project officer for FYSB discretionary grants including training and technical assistance grants/cooperative agreements and contracts.

Open Date: April 27, 2020
Close Date: May 8, 2020
*Open to 75 applications and may close sooner.

To learn more and/or submit an application, please visit the following postings:

*https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/566591800   (DE)
 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/566591900   (MP)

 

RHY Basic Center Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the release of the Basic Center Program (BCP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth under 18 years of age and their families. BCPs provide youth with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals to necessary services. BCPs can provide temporary shelter for up to 21 days for youth and seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate, alternative placements. Additional services may include street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, drug abuse education, and prevention services.

Please click here to read the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1800

Estimated Amount Available: $24,000,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 120
Applications Due: 07/03/2020
Length of Project Periods: 36 months

 

The We Think Twice Website is Now Available! Share New Tools to Help Teens put Their Futures First

We Think Twice is a youth-driven social media campaign that empowers teens to build knowledge and skills to form healthy relationships, set goals for the future, and feel confident in their decision not to have sex, use drugs, drink, smoke, or engage in other risky behaviors. The campaign, launched by the Family and Youth Services Bureau in partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health in 2019, has a new website with a variety of tools and tips for youth.

With the support of Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees like you, we can help teens across the country make healthy decisions and put their goals first! Check out four new resources available on the website and use our sample social media posts to share them with the youth who you serve. 

Quiz: Check Your Reality

This seven-question quiz helps dispel the misconception that most teens are engaging in risky behaviors.

Sample social media post to reach teens:
Think everyone’s doing it? Think again. Take the @WeThinkTwice quiz to find out what other teens are really doing.

 
 

Video: Dreams Over Drama

This short video explains how setting goals and making smart choices can put teens on the path to a successful future.

Sample social media post to reach teens:
Your future is closer than you think. Discover why setting goals can help you shape the future you want and deserve. Watch this video from @WeThinkTwice.

Listicle: Your Goals, Your Future

This visual article lists four actions teens can take to achieve their goals and take ownership of their future.

Sample social media post to reach teens:
What are YOUR dreams, and how can you make them a reality? Follow these 4 steps from @WeThinkTwice that you can take today to prepare for tomorrow. 

 
 

Worksheet: Goal-Setting Planner

This goal-setting planner helps teens map out steps they can take to achieve goals that are important to them. 

Sample social media post:
Got goals? Use the @WeThinkTwice goal-setting planner to list 3 goals and the steps you’ll take to reach them. Then share your plan with the hashtag #WeThinkTwice.

 

Guidance in Addressing COVID-19 Webpage Updates

In March 2020, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) published a webpage with information and resources specific to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). To support more efficient access to resources, the webpage has been re-organized by Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program categories. 

Resources are now available in the following sections: 

  • All RHY Programs
  • Basic Center Programs
  • Street Outreach Programs
  • Transitional Living Programs
  • Maternity Group Homes
  • Faith-Based and Community Organizations
  • Public Health and Universal Precautions

The webpage may be accessed at: www.rhyttac.net/covid-19 

In addition to this update, new resources have been added. This webpage will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. If you have any questions, please email the RHYTTAC team at [email protected].
 

RHY Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the release of the Street Outreach Program (SOP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

SOPs work to provide prevention and intervention services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. SOPs also work to increase young people’s personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and to provide them access to shelter and services which include: outreach, gateway services, screening and assessment, harm reduction, access to emergency shelter, crisis stabilization, drop-in centers (optional), and linkages/referrals to services.

Please click here to read the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-YO-1799

Estimated Amount Available: $2,400,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 16
Applications Due: 6/29/20
Length of Project Periods: 36 months

 

RHY National Communication System Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds to operate the Runaway and Homeless Youth National Communication System (NCS) Program. 

The NCS Program links youth in crisis, runaway youth, homeless youth and their families to shelters, counseling, medical assistance, and other vital services. Additionally, the NCS Program provides information, referral services, crisis intervention, and prevention resources to vulnerable and youth at risk of running away and/or becoming homeless and their families or legal guardians.

Amount Available: $1,600,000
Number of Awards: 1
Applications Due: 5/13/2020
Length of Project Periods: 36 months

Please click here to read the full funding opportunity announcement: www.ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1809_0.pdf

 

RHYTTAC Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the release of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). 

RHYTTAC is the national training and technical assistance (T&TA) entity that provides resources and direct assistance to the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees and other youth serving organizations eligible to receive RHY funds. Through the dissemination of high-quality, evidence-informed or evidence-based resources and T&TA services, RHYTTAC works with RHY grantees to implement programs that assist youth with having a successful path to adulthood and self-sufficiency.

Please click here to read the full announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CY-1801

Estimated Amount Available: $2,100,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Applications Due:  June 26, 2020
Length of Project Periods: 36 months

 

WIOA Youth Program COVID-19 Session 

The Division of Youth Services (DYS), within the Employment and Training Administration, is hosting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Session on Monday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

During this event, there will be an opportunity to answer questions, share resources, and pass along best practices submitted in advance to [email protected].

Click here to login to reserve a seat: 
https://www.workforcegps.org/events/2020/04/20/14/07/WIOA-Youth-Program-COVID-19-Session

 
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