Announcements

  • April 13, 2015
    Celebrate National Nutrition Month in Your Community!
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture

    This blog post provides many ideas and resources that individuals and groups can use to raise awareness about healthy eating and promote National Nutrition Month in their local communities. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    USDA Announces Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

    USDA’s NIFA has announced the award of $9 million in grants, through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico. NIFA anticipates making $42 million available over the next five years for the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    As featured by NIH, researchers claim to have discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation. The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays a crucial role in the nervous system. Researchers found that a group of girls with severe autism carried CTNND2 mutations that appeared to reduce the effectiveness of delta-catenin, potentially affecting their neurological development. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Study: Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    As featured by NIH, a new study found that students at schools that impose suspensions for marijuana use are more likely to smoke pot than students at schools without such a policy. Data also show that counseling was found to be much more effective in reducing marijuana use than suspensions. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    New NIMH Strategic Plan Aims to Focus, Accelerate Mental Health Research
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    NIMH has issued a new Strategic Plan for Research, which updates the strategic objectives of its 2008 plan, with a focus on balancing the need for long-term investments in basic research with urgent mental health needs. The plan includes four strategic priorities which will guide the institute’s research for the next five years:

    1. Define the mechanisms of complex behaviors
    2. Chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where, and how to intervene
    3. Strive for prevention and cures
    4. Strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    HHS Takes Strong Steps to Address Opioid-drug Related Overdose, Death and Dependence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced a targeted initiative related to prescription opioid and heroin overdose, death, and dependence, which focuses on three priority areas:

    1. Training for health professionals to aid in prescribing decisions
    2. Increasing the use of naloxone
    3. Expanding the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Child Sex Trafficking Victims Easily Missed by Doctors, Social Workers
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    As highlighted by NIH, a new study reveals that most health care workers may lack the knowledge, awareness, and training needed to identify potential victims of child sex trafficking. A survey of 500 doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, social workers, and patient and family advocates revealed that, when given two different scenarios, only half or fewer than half of respondents were able to correct identify a child as victim of sex trafficking. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    New Requirement to Record Your Indirect Cost Rate in eGrants
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    As part of the new Uniform Guidance for CNCS award and grants, recipients must record the indirect cost (PDF, 4 pages) method and rates they will be using on their awards. CNCS has created a feature in eGrants for recipients to record the method they will be using to apply their indirect costs to all CNCS awards. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages).

  • April 13, 2015
    2015 International Student Data
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

    Developed by SEVP, a new report, “SEVIS by the Numbers” (PDF, 33 pages), illustrates the latest data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a website that provides information about international students, exchange visitors, and their dependents while they are in the United States. The report includes information about the number of students, where they are from, where they are attending school, and what they are studying. SEVP also launched a new interactive mapping tool that allows users to explore international student data included in the report. Learn more (PDF, 33 pages). 

  • April 13, 2015
    Keep School Lunches Healthy
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post, co-authored by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, describes the importance of school meals in helping students stay healthy and provides an overview of the updated school meal standards and their implementation across the country. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    The Connections between Bullying and Family Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Dating Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post describes the relationship, as established in research, between bullying others in early adolescence, and later perpetration of sexual harassment and forms of teen dating violence. It also highlights tools and resources, including programs like SafeDates and Dating Matters, and events sponsored by GLSEN, that can help prevent and address bullying and teen dating violence. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Know It 2 Own It: Helping People with Disabilities Access Middle Class Careers
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment

    This blog post describes efforts of federal agencies and departments to support the employment of individuals with disabilities and action steps to increase access to jobs and job skills. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    LGBT Populations: A Snapshot of the Knowledge Base and Research Needs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation

    These chapter briefs summarize the knowledge base and research needs related to low-income, at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their interactions with human services. The briefs are separated into three topic areas:

    1. Low-income and at-risk LGBT populations
    2. The child welfare system and LGBT youth and LGBT adults
    3. LGBT youth, particularly related to runaway and homeless youth and sexual health

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    USDA Awards $200 Million for Skills Training to Help SNAP Recipients Get Jobs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    USDA has awarded $200 million to fund and evaluate pilot projects in 10 states to help Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and work toward self-sufficiency. The selected pilots will focus on target populations and represent a wide array of balanced approaches, including skills training, work-based learning, support services, and other job-driven strategies. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    HHS Launches Innovative Digital Storytelling Project to Support Federal HIV Response
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    Developed by AIDS.gov with input from federal agencies, health care professionals, persons living with HIV, and community-based HIV organizations, Positive Spin is a digital educational tool that features the personal stories of five HIV-positive, gay black men who have successfully navigated the HIV care continuum. The goal of the project is to promote digital storytelling as a tool for HIV outreach, and to counter the misconceptions, stigma, and discrimination that create significant barriers to HIV testing and treatment. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    President’s Education Awards Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    School principals, teachers, and other personnel are invited to nominate outstanding students for the President’s Education Awards Program. Students can be nominated for recognition in two categories, both of which have rigorous criteria: 1) the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and 2) the President’s Award for Educational Achievement. Winners will receive a certificate and congratulatory letter signed by the President, the Secretary of Education, and the school principal. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Premiere of Student Submissions to White House Film Festival
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    The 2015 White House Film Festival received more than 1,500 submissions from K-12 students who created short films about the theme, “The Impact of Giving Back.” On March 20, 2015, the official top selections were shown at The White House, and the screening was streamed live online. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    NCFY Voices: Bringing Street Outreach Experience to DC's Point-in-Time Count
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In this podcast, a street outreach worker in Washington, DC, discusses his experience joining 350 volunteers for the city’s annual count of people experiencing homelessness. He shares what outreach professionals who work with young people bring to this important event. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Farm to School Grant Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

    The purpose of the Farm to School Grant Program is to increase the availability of local foods in schools. There are three types of available grants:

    1. Planning grants designed for schools or school districts that are just starting farm to school activities
    2. Implementation grants for schools or school districts seeking to augment or expand existing farm to school efforts
    3. Support service grants intended for non-profit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers or groups of producers to evolve farm to school initiatives

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Working with Publicly Funded Health Centers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy among Youth from Vulnerable Populations
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
    CDC is accepting applications to support a new five-year initiative to:

    1. Enhance publicly funded health centers' capacities to provide youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services
    2. Increase the number of youth accessing sexual and reproductive health services

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grant Program: National Domestic Violence Hotline
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

    Application Deadline: May 11, 2015
    FYSB’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is accepting applications for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The hotline provides crisis intervention and counseling, education and information, and nationwide referrals to domestic violence shelters and social service programs. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    4 Reasons Why Community College Was Perfect For Me
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    Talla Hashemi, a junior at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and ED intern, shares why attending community college, and then transferring to a four-year university,  was the best choice for her. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    CDC Violence Prevention Materials
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC’s Violence Prevention site provides a wide variety of materials that can help professionals understand violence and stop it before it starts. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Graduate! Toolkit
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP)

    CFBNP has developed a step-by-step guide for faith leaders, neighborhood associations, and community-based nonprofits on the college enrollment and financial aid process for high school students. The goal of the guide is to provide information to these community leaders to help them become active stakeholders in promoting college access and completion. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    The Student Aid Bill of Rights: Enhancing Protections for Student Loan Borrowers
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    President Obama has proposed a new Student Aid Bill of Rights outlining a series of new actions that direct multiple federal agencies to make financing higher education an easier and fairer experience for students. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Changing the Story about Mental Health in America
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of The Campaign to Change Direction, a new initiative to raise awareness about mental health. Spearheaded by Give an Hour and co-sponsored by SAMHSA, this campaign aims to change the conversation about mental health in America and to encourage people to be aware of the signs of distress in others and themselves. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Implications of Latrines on Women’s and Girls’ Safety
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    In this article, two experts from CDC discuss a project they conducted in Haiti where they distributed handheld solar lights to women and girls in an effort to increase their sense of safety when leaving their homes to use latrines at night. The researchers also describe the implications of their findings for preventing and reducing violence against women in humanitarian settings. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    The NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee has created a new video that highlights the effect of trauma on LGBTQ youth, describes how bias impedes optimal care, and provides practical steps for creating safe and welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. The video features five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma and bias have affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services and NCTSN presenters sharing specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safer and more welcoming environments for LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Resources on Trauma and Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    Assessing Exposure to Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress in the Juvenile Justice Population (PDF, 16 pages)
    This resource discusses the importance of the screening and assessment of youth involved in the justice system for trauma exposure and related negative consequences. It provides information on screening tools, additional disorders related to the experience of trauma, legal and clinical considerations for trauma screening and assessment, and sources for more information.
    Trauma Among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System (PDF, 11 pages)
    This resource describes the prevalence of trauma exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among girls involved in the juvenile justice system, potential consequences of trauma for girls, the impact of involvement with the justice system on girls who have been traumatized, and models of gender responsive programming.
    Evidence-Informed Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress Problems with Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System (PDF, 14 pages)
    This resource provides an overview of key issues to consider before providing therapeutic interventions to traumatized youth involved in the juvenile justice system. It also includes information on evidence-based interventions, interventions with an evidence-base, and promising evidence-informed interventions for treating traumatized adolescents. 

  • April 13, 2015
    Culture Leads Native Youth in Prevention
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This article shares the highlights from the 2014 SAMHSA Native Youth Conference, which included youth-focused empowerment workshops, a cultural Pow-Wow, youth/federal panel discussions, performances, and spotlights of SAMHSA tribal grantees who have developed best and promising practices. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    REMS TA Center Introduces New Tools for School Emergency Planning
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students; Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

    The REMS TA Center has created new, interactive tools that can assist schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs) in assessing their knowledge of emergency management, and in creating and evaluating emergency operations plans (EOPs):

    EOP ASSESS: This tool guides users through a series of questions to assess understanding of elements critical to creating and maintaining a high-quality EOP.
    EOP ASSIST: This tool, offered as a web-accessible software application, directs users through a six-step planning  process that will result in the output of an EOP, developed according to the federal guidelines.
    EOP EVALUATE: This tool can help schools and IHEs evaluate an established EOP to determine whether there are areas where it can be adjusted and improved.

  • April 13, 2015
    Integrating Substance Use Assessment in Health Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA recently launched a new course based on a method called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), which walks practitioners through the process of assessing risky substance use, discussing health consequences, and referring patients to supports and treatments. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Homeless Youth: Vulnerabilities and Health-Related Issues
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Missing and Exploited Children’s Program (MECP)

    This MECP newsletter explores vulnerabilities and health-related issues associated with homeless youth. Articles include:

    1. Information on the unique physical and psychological health needs of homeless youth and recommendations for connecting them to services
    2. Potential consequences of homelessness for youth and strategies law enforcement can use to better assist them

    Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Fewer Young Adults Rely on the Emergency Department for Routine Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    According to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the annual rate of emergency department visits by young adults, ages 19-25, decreased by 1.4 percent, representing 191,000 fewer visits. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Guide to Writing about Traumatic Brain Injury in News and Social Media
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    This guide from CDC can help media writers, editors, and bloggers better understand traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). With information related to prevalence, symptoms, at-risk groups, and prevention of TBIs, this guide can assist writers in creating compelling, educational stories that improve the health of all Americans. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Recording Available: Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This webisode explores strategies for supporting the unique behavioral health needs of adopted children and their families. It was originally aired to coincide with the release of the new report, “Domestic and International Adoption: Strategies To Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Youth and Their Families.” Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Train Juvenile Justice Staff to Educate Youth on Sexual Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau , National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    Without other trusted adults to guide them, young men in juvenile justice facilities may turn to employees for information about sexual health, a role that these individuals may not be trained to fulfill. To answer this need,  the Washington State Department of Health, through the State Personal Responsibility Education Program, provided training to juvenile justice staff to deliver evidence-based sexual health curricula to youth. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Open Education Week 2015
    Agencies/Departments: The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Posted in observance of Open Education Week, this blog post highlights the new U.S. Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (PDF, 5 pages). The plan promotes Open Educational Resources, including the availability of high-quality, low-cost digital content in our schools. The post also features information about the successful efforts of multiple federal agencies to advance Open Educational Resources. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    OJJDP News @ a Glance, January/February 2015
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    This issue of OJJDP News @ a Glance includes an article and video message from OJJDP Administrator, Robert L. Listenbee, highlighting the new OJJDP-MENTOR National Mentoring Resource Center and the impact of evidence-based mentoring practices. Additional juvenile-justice related events and resources are also featured. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    National Partnership for Juvenile Services Launches Online Journal
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Developed by the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, and funded by OJJDP, the new Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services provides information to juvenile justice practitioners and researchers on various topics in juvenile justice. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Promote Your Youth Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau , National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    NCFY has developed a new tutorial for individuals working for youth-serving organizations providing information on using multimedia to engage young people, and promote programs and services. The modules can help professionals develop the skills to write blogs, create videos, and utilize social media effectively. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Let Girls Learn
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    Let Girls Learn is a new government-wide initiative focused on helping adolescent girls complete their education and pursue their goals. Let Girls Learn will build on the work of the Peace Corps and USAID,  and will utilize partnerships with NGOs, businesses, and foundations, in an effort to promote the education and success of girls worldwide. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Supporting the Success of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

    On February 25, 2015, OCR and the Choice Program at UMBC partnered to host a symposium on supporting the education of young people in juvenile justice settings. At the event, young people who have had brushes with the law shared how the Choice Program is helping them to turn their lives around. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Building Capacity of Professional Planners to Address Public Health Goals
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
    The purpose of this funding opportunity is to increase the capacity of public health departments to include health considerations in transportation and land use planning decisions, and to expand the scope of health impacts considered when making decisions that impact community design. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Program Supplement for Addiction Technology Transfer Center: Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and their Families
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: May 11, 2015
    Supplemental funding is available for one grantee from the 2012 Addiction Technology Transfer Centers cohort to develop a Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW) Center of Excellence. The funding will strengthen training for the behavioral healthcare workforce that provides addiction treatment and recovery support services to PPW and their families. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 8, 2015
    This funding opportunity will provide state health departments with resources and support to advance comprehensive state-level interventions for preventing prescription drug overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Launched
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    Application Deadline: May 5, 2015
    The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems, and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. Higher education institutions can be recognized in four cateogires: general community service; interfaith community service; economic opportunity; and education. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau

    Application Deadline: May 5, 2015
    Funds are available for the development and implementation of PREP in Florida, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. PREP supports abstinence and contraception education for youth, ages 10 and 19 years, and pregnant and parenting youth, under age 21. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
    FY2015 “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community grants will support the training of teachers and other professionals, who work with youth, through community programs on Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid. The goal is to increase the mental health literacy of professionals who work with youth, link youth to needed assistance and services, and create collaborative partnerships among community agencies and programs. Learn more.

  • April 13, 2015
    Promoting Innovation in Higher Education
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education and Labor

    Federal agencies are requesting feedback on a program designed to foster innovation in the higher education field:

    Online Skills Academy
    The Department of Labor plans to launch the Online Skills Academy (OSA), a $25 million competition to create educational pathways leading to credentials and degrees. These pathways would include open-source competencies as articulated by industry and academia; learning resources; high-quality assessment tools; and a technology platform that is scalable and allows for continuous improvement. Provide comments on the OSA by emailing skillsacademy@dol.gov and innovation@ed.gov.

  • April 9, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Bridging Research and Practice Project to Advance Juvenile Justice and Safety
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: May 28, 2015

    The Bridge Project (PDF, 29 pages) will help build a nexus between research and practice in juvenile justice through the development of tools and resources that will advance the understanding, translation, and application of research and research-based strategies. Resources and strategies should address four primary components of the juvenile justice system: (1) prevention and diversion, (2) community-based alternatives to placement, (3) detention and secure confinement, and (4) reentry. Learn more (PDF, 29 pages).

  • April 8, 2015
    Teen Action Toolkit: Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

    Developed by COPS and the National Center for Victims of Crime, this resource is hands-on implementation guide for the Teen Action Partnership (TAP) for Teen Victims (PDF, 150 pages) program, which harnesses youth as leaders, in partnership with adults, to transform their communities’ response to teenage victims of crime. The toolkit guides educators, law enforcement personnel, outreach workers, victim service providers, youth workers, and teens through the four phases of TAP for Teen Victims, and includes ideas for activities and reflections. Learn more (PDF, 150 pages). 

  • April 8, 2015
    Intern with the Corporation for National and Community Service
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    CNCS currently has two internship openings for college students:

    • External Affairs Internship (PDF, 2 pages)
      CNCS is seeking applications from college students for unpaid internship positions for the winter, spring, summer, and fall semesters in Washington, DC. Interns will gain hands-on experience working with multiple CNCS teams supporting media and digital media operations. Interns will assist with inquiries from the media, gather news clips, compile press lists, assist with press events, and conduct media outreach. Interns will also have the opportunity to create content for the website and social media channels.
    • Government Relations Internship (PDF, 1 page)
      CNCS is seeking applications from college students who have an interest in Congress and the legislative process for unpaid internship positions. Interns provide support in preparing and delivering letters and reports, drafting memos and email messages, compiling and maintaining spreadsheets, producing briefing books and materials, and completing other research, administrative, and communication tasks.
  • April 8, 2015
    Quality Education Services Are Critical for Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education; National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC)

    In May 2010, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University released the monograph ”Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems” (PDF, 74 pages), which examines a number of topics relevant to the education and experiences of youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This new practice guide (PDF, 27 pages) developed by NDTAC examines the principle included in the monograph that quality education services are critical for youth involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and offers a range of practices and strategies that juvenile justice, child welfare, and education professionals can use to improve education programming and outcomes for youth in their care. Learn more (PDF, 27 pages). 

  • April 8, 2015
    Alaska Native Tribal Courts Gain Right to Protect Women in Domestic Violence Cases
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    With the repeal of the “Alaska Exemption” from the 2013 Violence Against Women Act, Alaska Native communities will now be able to use their sovereign authority to protect women from domestic violence. This repeal was one of the recommendations in the recently released report, Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive (PDF, 258 pages) developed by the Advisory Committee of the Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Impaired Driving Reports from NHTSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    This page compiles multiple research and evaluation projects conducted by NHTSA related to behaviors and attitudes in highway safety. The research presented focuses on the role of impaired driving in fatal crashes, and the prevention of alcohol and drug use by drivers. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    What You Need to Know About Kids and Concussions
    Agencies/Departments: General Services Administration

    Featured by Kids.gov, this article provides parents with a general overview of concussions, including information about symptoms, treatments, when to seek help, and when it is okay for children to return to normal activities following a concussion. Follow the hashtag #CDCHeadsUp on Twitter or like the CDC's Heads Up Facebook page to receive updates and join the conversation about concussions. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    OJJDP Updates Statistical Briefing Book
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book (SBB), which offers online access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics. Changes to the SBB include updates to:

    1. Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics
    2. The National Disproportionate Minority Contact Databook
    3. FAQ sections on Juveniles in Court and Juveniles on Probation

    Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

    According to new data from NCES, graduation rates for black and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation. The data also show that the gap between white students and black and Hispanic students receiving high school diplomas narrowed over that time. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Seat Belt Safety — Tweens (ages 8 to 14)
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    A new campaign targeted to parents and caregivers of tweens aims to increase the proper use of seat belts among young people, ages 8-14. The goal of the campaign is to promote the development of good seat belt practices that will stay with them for life. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Suicide Safe: The Suicide Prevention App for Health Care Providers Free from SAMHSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Suicide Safe is a free app that can help primary care and mental health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. The app can help providers learn how to assess suicidal risk, provide information and resources to patients, start conversations with patients who may need suicide intervention, and locate treatment options. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    E-Cigarette Use in College Tied to Other Risky Behaviors
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    As reported by NIH, a new study of more than 1,400 college students shows that students who use tobacco, marijuana, and/or binge drink are more likely to use electronic cigarettes. The survey results also show that students who considered e-cigarettes to be less harmful than traditional tobacco products were also more likely to use e-cigarettes. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Juvenile Arrests 2012
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Drawn from data provided by local law enforcement agencies, this report includes an overview of arrests of young people (PDF, 12 pages) under 18 years old in the United States in 2012, as well as trends in the types of arrests, and the gender and race of arrested youth. Learn more (PDF, 12 pages). 

  • April 8, 2015
    The Anatomy of NIMH Funding
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    In response to calls for transparency, this blog post and corresponding white paper (PDF, 13 pages) written by NIMH director Thomas Insel provide insight into the NIMH budget, including what is funded, who is funded, and how funding decisions are made. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Spotlight on Suicide Prevention Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    On the 10th anniversary of SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, this blog post provides resources for individuals, families, communities, healthcare providers, professionals, and educators related to suicide prevention. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Partnering for Nutrition in School Meals
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    A new TV feature developed by USDA describes the Team Up for Success Training Initiative, a program that connects schools that have succeeded in instituting the standards of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act with schools that are struggling with implementation. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    New Modules Developed for Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC)

    OVCTTAC has developed three new modules for its online Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training. This training is designed to teach advocates how to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Comment Period Extended: Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

    Updated Comment Deadline: May 8, 2015
    The public comment deadline for the “Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee” has been extended to May 8, 2015. Developed by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the purpose of the report is to inform the federal government of current scientific evidence on topics related to diet, nutrition, and health. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: USDA Announces $97 Million Available to Expand Access to Healthy Food, Support Rural Economies
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Application Deadline: May 14, 2015
    As part of USDA’s National Nutrition Month efforts, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High-Risk for HIV/AIDS
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: May 14, 2015
    The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder treatment, behavioral health, and HIV services for high risk populations. Grantees are expected to engage the population of focus and link them to appropriate community-based behavioral health services/systems, including primary HIV care and antiretroviral therapy, primary health care, and other recovery support services. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Application Deadline: May 12, 2015
    OJJDP will fund a Tribal Youth Program training and technical assistance provider to deliver culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate technical assistance to all OJJDP tribal program grantees (PDF, 35 pages) and federally recognized tribes across the nation. Learn more (PDF, 35 pages). 

  • April 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Competitive Solicitation
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program, Office for Victims of Crime, Bureau of Justice Assistance

    Application Deadline: May 11, 2015
    The purpose of this program is to assist communities in developing effective and sustainable multidisciplinary task forces that will implement collaborative approaches to identifying and providing services to victims of all forms of human trafficking (PDF, 50 pages). This includes sex trafficking and labor trafficking, and investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Learn more (PDF, 50 pages). 

  • April 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program, Office for Victims of Crime

    Application Deadline: April 29, 2015
    This cooperative agreement will support the development of a comprehensive Resource Guide for victim services planning local National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (PDF, 23 pages) events across the country in April 2016. The Resource Guide includes information about developing public awareness campaigns, using social media, and developing partnerships with the media. It also provides overviews of crime victimization topics and important landmarks impacting the victims’ field over the past three decades, as well as public awareness posters and other customizable artwork templates. Learn more (PDF, 23 pages).

  • April 8, 2015
    April is Alcohol Awareness Month
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

    ODPHP has released an Alcohol Awareness Month toolkit (PDF, 11 pages) that for individuals and organizations to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and community resources and to promote local Alcohol Awareness Month activities. The toolkit includes sample tweets, ecards, and badges; ideas for community events; tips for planning a successful event; and helpful resources and sources for information. Learn more (PDF, 11 pages).   

  • April 8, 2015
    Check Out My Plate Video Search
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015
    Kids, ages 2-18, are invited to work with an adult to produce and submit a video that shows how they are staying healthy through exercise and using MyPlate to make smart food choices. Each video must be approximately 60 seconds or less and include an image of MyPlate, at least one healthy eating tip, and their favorite physical activity. Each age category will have one Grand Prize winner who is awarded $1,000, one second prize winner who will be awarded $300, and one runner-up who will receive a year’s subscription to ChopChop Magazine. Learn more.

  • April 8, 2015
    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Children, Youth, & Families, Children’s Bureau

    Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. The Child Abuse Prevention Month website provides helpful resources and tools that can assist in planning activities and observations for the month. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    2015 National Distracted Driving Month: Texting Enforcement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    In recognition of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, NHTSA has planned a number of activities, including the implementation of U Drive. U Text. U Pay, its second national enforcement campaign for distracted driving and a robust social media strategy (PDF, 11 pages) designed to raise public awareness about the consequences of texting and driving. Learn more (PDF, 11 pages). 

  • March 9, 2015
    2015 Summer Food Service Program Handbook
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture

    The 2015 Summer Food Service Program Handbook (PDF, 207 pages) is now available. This handbook provides guidance and resources to organizations administering summer food programs. New material includes tips on targeting local foods through proper procurement mechanisms. Learn more (PDF, 207 pages), and join one of the many Summer Meals webinars, which will feature resources, technical guidance examples, and best practices that can help make Summer Meals Programs successful.

  • March 9, 2015
    OJJDP Updates Statistical Briefing Book
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP has updated its Statistical Briefing Book, an online resource that provides access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics. The updates include information on Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest statistics, state and county juvenile justice court case counts, children living in poverty, high school completion and dropout rates, juvenile arrests, juvenile suicide and homicide victims, and juvenile homicide offenders. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    Usability Testing with Kids and Teens
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This article from Usability.gov shares tips and information on including young people in usability testing, which refers to any goal-directed conversations about improving a website or tool user experience. The article also addresses involving parents and recruiting and selecting testing sites, and provides recent examples of federal agencies that have involved children and youth in usability testing. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    Cheers to Five Years of Let's Move!
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    Over the past five years, Let’s Move!, a nationwide initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama to set children on a path to a healthy future, has engaged parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves in the improvement of the health of our nation’s children. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    EEOC Joins Federal Partners in Creating New Guide on Hiring People with Disabilities
    Agencies/Departments: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

    EEOC and multiple federal partners have released ”Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities” (PDF, 26 pages), a new guide for employers that compiles key federal and federally funded resources related to the employment of people with disabilities. Learn more (PDF, 26 pages). 

  • March 9, 2015
    SAMHSA Supports Individuals with Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This article outlines the areas of focus and key partnerships that SAMHSA has fostered in support of, and in service to, individuals with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    “Margins of the Margins”: FYSB Grantee Coordinates Response to Trafficking in New York
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, a New York City-based program, is one of three programs chosen to participate in a two-year demonstration project aimed at helping victims of severe trafficking. In this article, a representative from the organization discusses the project’s goals and wider efforts to combat trafficking in New York. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    Hit the “Pause” Button...Before You Share Online
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security

    This video from OnGuardOnline.gov reminds viewers to “share with care” when posting information online. The video covers such topics as remembering how large social media audiences really are, considering the fact that content on the Internet can’t be deleted, and being sure to get approval from others who may be featured in posted videos or photos. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    NCFY Voices: Up From Trauma
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    As part of FYSB's event “Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action” in October 2014, multiple young people shared their personal stories and recommendations for serving youth more effectively. One of the speakers, Anthony Ross, who witnessed violence in his home as a child and ended up homeless as a teenager, shared his story of perseverance. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    When Should You File Your FAFSA?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    While there are different school, state, and federal deadlines for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a good rule of thumb for borrowers is to submit the completed FAFSA based on the earliest deadline possible. This blog post provides more information on FAFSA deadlines and how to time FAFSA completion. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    FAFSA Completion Numbers Now Available via Updated Tool
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA)

    FSA has updated the FAFSA Completion Tool, which helps school administrators and guidance professionals track and subsequently increase Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completions among high school students. The updated tool provides new information on a weekly basis during the peak FAFSA application period, giving counselors and administrators access to current completion data. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    Starting a Live Chat With the National Runaway Safeline

    The National Runaway Safeline Live Chat is an alternative way for runaway youth to get resources and help. All chats are confidential and anonymous. Visit http://www.1800runaway.org/ to get help via live chat. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    What Happens When You Contact Us

    Want to know what will happen when someone calls the National Runaway Safeline? Call center staff walk viewers through what to expect during a call to the Safeline for help. 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2015
    Current graduate students are invited to apply to the White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program. Interns have the opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Tasks include administrative duties, strategic planning, maintaining media archives, event planning, and contributing to digital media. Interns are also encouraged to interact with senior department officials and participate in meetings, briefings, and other special events on the Hill, in the White House, and at other federal agencies. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Virtual Native: Two-Spirit Community & Resources on the Web
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    In this video, SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center presents on the American Indian/Alaska Native two-spirit community and its use of technology to address health, wellness, and support for the two-spirit population. This presentation covers the digital divide between Indian country and the general population and the benefits of using technology for disseminating health-related information. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Getting A Bus Ticket Home

    The Home Free program from the National Runaway Safeline is intended for youth who are ready to go home. Youth can contact the Safeline to discuss how to approach their families and return home for free. Youth must be between the ages of 12 and 20 and generally must return home to a parent or legal guardian. 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    A Guide to Reporting Parent Info on your FAFSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    When filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), borrowers who are considered “dependent students” must provide information about their parents, including information about their identity, living situation, and financial status. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    National Human Trafficking Resource Center Student Toolkit
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division; National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)

    The NHTRC Student Toolkit (PDF, 15 pages) can help student leaders identify and raise awareness of human trafficking in their campus community. The toolkit includes resources to help students start an anti-trafficking student group, host events and disseminate materials to raise awareness about human trafficking, and promote awareness via social media. Learn more (PDF, 15 pages). 

  • March 2, 2015
    Young Native Americans Share School Culture Experiences with Secretary Duncan
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently invited 15 young Native Americans to attend a Student Voices Session during which they discussed their experiences in school and expressed their need for cultural and personal support from the school community. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Native VOICES

    The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board has created “Native VOICES,” an evidence-based, culturally-appropriate video that educates American Indian and Alaska Native teens about HIV and STD-prevention and safe sex. Watch the video trailer and request a copy of the Native Voices Toolkit, which includes the full-length video. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Disability.gov’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

    Disability.gov’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery can helps people with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers prepare for emergencies. The guide also  includes information about the importance of including people with disabilities in preparing for emergencies. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Directory of Community-Based Organizations Serving People with Disabilities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

    With support from CDC’s NCBDDD, the National Association of County and City Health Officials has developed the Directory of Community-Based Organizations Serving People with Disabilities, which provides an overview of organizations that serve people with disabilities in communities across the country. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    New Modules Added to VAT Online
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

    OVC’s Victim Assistance Training (VAT) Online offers victim service providers online training opportunities that can help them to more effectively assist victims of crime. Five new modules can now be found on VAT Online addressing  sexual assault, LGBTQ populations, victims with substance abuse issues, financial crimes, and identity theft. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

    New data released by NCES shows that nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, the highest rate seen since states adopted a new common metric for tracking graduation rates five years ago. Learn more and see graduation rates listed by state.

  • March 2, 2015
    Alcohol Use Among Pregnant Women
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    The latest issue of SAMHSA’s FASD in Review features a summary of an article, published in Annals of Epidemiology that examines the relationship between prenatal alcohol exposure and birth outcomes. The effect of alcohol use during pregnancy on birth weight, preterm delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, and selected neonatal outcomes is discussed. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Five Point Plan to Improve the Nation’s Mental Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This blog post, written by SAMHSA officials Pamela Hyde and Paolo Del Vecchio, includes five steps America could take that would immediately and greatly improve the mental health system and help ensure delivery of high quality care for individuals with mental illness. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    National Prevention Week: May 17-23, 2015
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    National Prevention Week is an opportunity to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. The goals of National Prevention week include involving communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues, fostering partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations, and promoting and disseminating quality behavioral health resources and publications. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Multiple Tribal Funding Opportunities
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    The following funding opportunities from CNCS aim to provide national service resources to address challenges in Native American communities:

    • 2015 Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Indian Tribes Competition 
      Application Deadline: May 14, 2015
      FGP engages seniors in providing tutoring and mentorship children and youth with special needs or exceptional needs, or who would benefit from the one-one-one attention. Through this competition, CNCS seeks to increase the impact of national service in Indian County by offering funding opportunities for new grants to Indian Tribes in geographic areas not currently served by FGP grantees.
    • AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Funding Opportunity
      Application Deadline: April 29, 2015
      Through theAmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in: (1) disaster services; (2) increasing economic opportunity, specifically for opportunity youth; (3) education; (4) veterans and military families; and (5) healthy features. 

     

  • February 23, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Letter of Intent Due: March 20, 2015
    Application Deadline: May 4, 2015
    CDC intends to commit up to $3,600,000 to fund three Youth Violence Prevention Centers (YVPCs), academic centers that will collaborate with researchers, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations (including the local health department), and one or more defined high-burden communities, with the common goal of reducing youth violence. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Funding Opportunities: Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) Indian Tribes Competition
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    Application Deadline: May 14, 2015
    FGP engages adults age 55 as tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs or exceptional needs, or who would benefit from one-one-one attention. CNCS seeks to increase the impact of national service in Indian County by offering funding opportunities for new grants to Indian Tribes in geographic areas not currently served by FGP grantees. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Some Kids Use Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Together, Study Finds
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    A new study indicates that American children and teens, 9-18 years old, who smoke may also use a variety of other nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and pipes. Potential harms of using multiple products include increased nicotine exposure during brain development and risk of nicotine addiction. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    The CDC’s National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that teens and young adults are the group most likely to arrive at a hospital emergency department with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The study found race to be another factor that increased an individual’s chances of crash-related emergency room visits, with higher injury rates for blacks than whites or Hispanics. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    IES Releases Two New Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

    Two new resources from IES can help to improve support to students who are struggling in school:
    “Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit” (PDF, 53 pages) is designed to help teachers and administrators use education data more systematically and accurately.
    ”A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing Early Warning Systems” (PDF, 26 pages) describes and provides examples of early warning system implementation strategies in use across the country.

  • February 20, 2015
    National Behavioral Health Barometer
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The National Behavioral Health Barometer provides national and state level data on key behavioral health care issues — including serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and underage drinking — and on the rates at which Americans seek treatment for these challenges. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Child Welfare Information Gateway Logic Model Builder
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families; Child Welfare Information Gateway

    The Child Welfare Information Gateway has developed two new Logic Model Builders, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Family Support Programs and Postadoption Services Programs. These Logic Model Builders can help programs define their goals, outcomes, and indicators of success and select appropriate evaluation instruments. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    New Ed.gov Homepage
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The new home page of the Department of Education is streamlined, mobile friendly, and features more readily accessible press content. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Desktop Guide to Quality Practice for Working With Youth in Confinement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), National Center for Youth in Custody

    This web-based guide offers facility leadership and staff who work with confined youth information on principles, concepts, and practices in use in custody facilities. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Coverage of Behavioral Services for Youth with Substance Use Disorders
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services

    ”Coverage of Behavioral Services for Youth with Substance Use Disorders,” (PDF, 16 pages) aims to help states (a) design a benefit that will meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders and their families and (b) comply with their obligations under Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment requirements. This guidance is based on research and results of a SAMHSA-supported technical expert panel. Learn more (PDF, 16 pages).

  • February 20, 2015
    Federal Registry for Educational Excellence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence compiles digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Child Maltreatment, 2013
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau

    ”Child Maltreatment, 2013” (PDF, 250 pages) is the 24th edition of the annual report on child abuse and neglect data collected through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. According to the report, from 2009 to 2013, overall rates of victimization declined from 9.3 to 9.1 per 1,000 children in the population. Learn more (PDF, 250 pages).

  • February 20, 2015
    Human Trafficking in America’s Schools
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students; National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

    Human Trafficking in America’s Schools was developed to help school officials understand how human trafficking affects schools, recognize the indicators of possible human trafficking, and develop policies, protocols, and partnerships to address and prevent the exploitation of children. Available online and in PDF (PDF, 18 pages) format, the guide also offers links to resources and publications, trainings, and services for victims. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Four Ways to Help Homeless Students Overcome Barriers to Scholarship Funding
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    In this blog post, Cyekeia Lee, director of higher education initiatives at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, shares strategies for youth-serving professionals who are helping homeless students navigate the scholarship application process. Homeless students can face many obstacles when seeking scholarship funding (e.g., having a GED instead of a high school diploma, getting parental permission, lacking a GPA, and having incomplete transcripts). Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    New Online Courses Available in School Emergency Management for K-12 Schools and School Districts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education; Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

    Five new online courses are available for practitioners in the field of K–12 school emergency management that address the following topics: (1) Developing a Bereavement and Loss Annex; (2) Developing a COOP Annex; (3) Developing a Food Contamination Annex; (4) Planning for Infectious Diseases; and (5) Planning for Large Events. Learn more (note: users must create an account).

  • February 20, 2015
    Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Institute of Corrections

    This guide informs administrators working in correctional settings about the benefits and challenges of using “video visiting,” in which incarcerated individuals communicate with family members via video conferencing technology or virtual software programs. The guide discusses reasons to consider video visiting, implementation considerations, and evaluating a video visiting program. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
    The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship, and CNCS announce the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge, an effort that challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service-year opportunities connected to academic credit for students. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    ED Seeks Summer Interns
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    ED is accepting applications for summer 2015 internships. Interns will have opportunities to explore such fields as education policy, education law, business and finance, research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, and traditional and digital communications — all while learning about the role that federal government plays in education. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    SaferRide App Could Save Your Life
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    SaferRide is a new mobile app developed by NHTSA to prevent drunk people from driving. Using a simple interface, people who have been drinking can easily call a taxi or a pre-programmed number. The app can also pinpoint the user’s location, making it easier to get home safely. SaferRide is available on Google Play for Android devices and on Apple’s iTunes store for iOS devices. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Choose Your Path: Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Videos
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

    The Choose Your Path activity includes two interactive videos that allow teens to assume the role of the main character and make decisions about whether to abuse certain prescription drugs. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Application Period Open for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
    FEMA is seeking applicants to serve on its Youth Preparedness Council. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involve youth in preparedness-related activities by giving young people an opportunity to offer their perspectives, feedback, and insights on how to help make America more resilient. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Attorney General Holder Announces Facebook, Bing AMBER Alert Tools
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice

    In a new video, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the integration of multiple online tools to expand the reach of the AMBER Alert early warning system of urgent child abduction cases. Facebook will send targeted AMBER alerts to users in certain search areas, and Bing will allow users to access alerts through its online broadcast tools. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Public Comment: Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Draft Block Grant Application and Plan
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Comment Deadline: March 9, 2015
    Mandated by Congress, SAMHSA’s block grants are noncompetitive grants that provide funding for substance abuse and mental health services. Comments on multiple facets of the 2016-2017 Draft Block Grant documents can be submitted to blockgrants@samhsa.hhs.gov. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Future Ready Regional Summits
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology (OET)

    A series of Future Ready Regional Summits will help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. OET will host the Summits, in partnership with the Alliance for Educational Excellence, and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Cooperative Agreement for Networking, Certifying, and Training Suicide Prevention Hotlines and Disaster Distress Helpline
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services

    Application Deadline: March 18, 2015
    The purpose of this program is twofold:

    • Manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, SAMHSA’s system of toll-free telephone numbers that routes calls from anywhere in the United States to a network of certified local crisis centers.
    • Support the National Disaster Distress Helpline to increase state and local capacities to connect affected residents with behavioral health services to crisis counseling and referral services after a disaster and/or traumatic event.

    Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Drug-Free Communities Support Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: March 18, 2015
    Grants from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program intend to support established community-based youth substance use prevention coalitions that are capable of effecting community-level change. Coalitions receiving DFC funds should work with leaders in their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change through the Seven Strategies for Community Change (PDF, 80 pages). Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 7, 2015
    NIJ is seeking proposals for research and evaluation on violence against women, specifically intimate partner and sexual violence (PDF, 30 pages). While NIJ will accept other topics, the agency is interested in proposals that examine the effectiveness of specialized police and court-based units, services, and methods related to intimate partner and sexual violence. NIJ is also interested in research on the development, adaptation, and testing of screening tools used in family court proceedings—specifically for cases involving child custody—to identify intimate partner violence. Learn more (PDF, 30 pages).

  • February 20, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult and Family Drug Courts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

    Application Deadline: March 27, 2015
    The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in existing adult and family “problem-solving” courts, which use the treatment drug court model to provide alcohol and drug treatment to defendants and offenders. Grantees must propose a coordinated, multi-system approach that combines the sanctioning power of treatment drug courts with effective treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, child abuse and neglect, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Webinar Series — Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    ”A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives” outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next 5-10 years. In addition, a series of webinars addresses the six key questions in the action plan:

    • January 29: Why do people become suicidal?
    • February 24: How can we better detect/predict suicide risk?
    • April 2: What interventions prevent suicidal behavior?
    • April 29: What are the most effective services to treat and prevent suicidal behavior?
    • May 27: What suicide interventions outside of health care settings reduce risk?
    • June 24: What research infrastructure do we need to reduce suicidal behavior?

    The action plan was developed by NIMH and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force. The webinars are being sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Action Alliance and NIMH. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Library of Congress Summer Teaching Institutes
    Agencies/Departments: Library of Congress

    Application Deadline: March 24, 2015
    The Library of Congress invites K-12 educators to apply to the Library of Congress Summer Teaching Institutes in Washington, DC. This five-week professional development opportunity provides tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge into teaching practices in K-12 classrooms. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH State/Tribal Expansion
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services

    Application Deadline: March 30, 2015
    Project Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (LAUNCH) aims to expand the implementation of systems improvement and wellness promotion/prevention services into new communities in states and tribes that have completed a Project LAUNCH five-year grant. The goals of this expansion grant are to improve early childhood systems, strengthen parenting competencies, and improve children’s developmental and behavioral outcomes in more communities. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Winners of USDA's 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the selection of 30 university students to attend “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held February 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. USDA chose 20 college students based on an essay about "Agriculture as a Career” and 10 graduate students based on their essay about "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.” Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    EPA and CEQ Open Application Period for National Environmental Educator Award
    Agencies/Departments: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

    Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
    EPA and CEQ have announced the opening of the application period for 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. These awards honor, support, and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education into their classrooms and teaching methods. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Watch Archived Session: ACA and Its Impact on Recovery Services
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

    “Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery, and the ACA” was the first ONDCP and SAMHSA meeting on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Leading experts in the fields of substance use and mental health treatment gathered on January 21, 2015, to discuss the latest programs and policies and how ACA is expanding coverage and access to services. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD): Reducing HIV Among African American Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    NBHAAD: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities is an annual opportunity to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and to increase awareness of the disproportionate number of African American men, women, and youth affected by HIV. This year’s theme, “I Am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS,” had a special focus on HIV disparities among men who have sex with men. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Help Us Get the Word Out About the FAFSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The Department of Education is asking the public for help to spread the word to students, parents, and educators about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Student Aid Financial Aid Toolkit (DOC, 5 pages) contains sample Facebook posts, tweets, blogs, videos, photos, and infographics that can be used to deliver the message through social media channels. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    CDC Revamps GetTested Website
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC has updated its GetTested website, which helps users find confidential HIV and STD testing. Updates include adding a quiz to its testing locator to help users determine which sexually transmitted disease tests they need. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    The HHS Budget: Delivering Impact for the American People
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    HHS Secretary Burwell presented the President’s HHS Budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes key investments in health centers, the Precision Medicine initiative, biomedical and behavioral research, and domestic and international preparedness. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    ED to Announce 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees on Earth Day
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Each year, states nominate schools or districts that have shown to be effective at reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and/or teaching environmental education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will recognize the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools honorees on his YouTube channel on April 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. EST. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    #WhatIWouldMiss Youth Social Media Campaign
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Department of Education (ED)

    Submission Deadline: February 27, 2015
    Sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage, HHS, and ED, #WhatIWouldMiss is a social media campaign that encourages teenagers to think about aspects of their daily lives that they would miss if they were a victim of human trafficking. Youth are invited to share a post on social media answering that question using the hashtag #WhatIWouldMiss and include a statistic about human trafficking in the post. The winner will be invited to attend the Students Opposing Slavery International Summit. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Cooperative Agreements for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: April 10, 2015
    The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. This program will support the wide scale operation, expansion, and integration of the system of care approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances program. Learn more.

  • February 20, 2015
    Webinar — The RISE Project: A Permanency Innovations Initiative Grantee
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau

    Date: March 10, 2015, 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar will highlight the work of the RISE Project, a demonstration project run by the Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center. Presenters will highlight key components of the RISE Project’s intervention approach, including outreach and relationship building, designed to help public and private agency staff competently serve LGBT and Questioning youth, and the use of care and coordination teams, which use a team-based approach to helping LGBT and Questioning young people. The findings of the Los Angeles Foster Youth Survey, conducted by RISE, will also be discussed. Learn more.

  • February 5, 2015
    Two New Reports Highlight the Human Service Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Populations
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families (ACF)

    Two new reports published by ACF describe what is known about the human service needs of LGBT populations and discuss areas for future research:

    Learn more.

  • January 29, 2015
    Save the Date for the White House Summit on AAPIs on May 12, 2015
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will hold a White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on May 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Summit will feature engaging panels, workshops, and discussions  with senior Administration officials, AAPI celebrities, and well-known community leaders, plus performances by distinguished AAPI artists. Learn more.  

  • January 29, 2015
    BLM AK Youth Opportunities on Public Lands
    Agencies/Departments: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

    Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
    BLM-Alaska will engage developing projects for youth and partner-supported youth work opportunities on BLM managed public lands. These opportunities will be posted on Grants.gov for applicant response. BLM-Alaska will mentor youth crews and individuals with work experiences for periods depending on the projects. Youth can learn about and help administer public land uses and natural resources. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Seven Common Myths about Financial Aid
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post explains some of the most common myths associated with financial aid, such as those related to eligibility and the type of information required in the application. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Five Reasons You Should Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    ED encourages all college students to fill out the FAFSA. This blog post outlines the reasons why and provides links to resources that can help students understand their financial aid options. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Six Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post provides easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Seven Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is currently available online and is free to complete on a secure government website. This blog post provides a list of seven things that students should have on hand while completing the FAFSA. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Drug Addiction: Step-by-Step Guides for Seeking Help
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    NIDA has released new step-by-step guides both for those seeking help to overcome drug addiction and their loved ones. The guides are presented in a simple Q&A format with accompanying videos and are customized into four categories: (1) teens seeking help, (2) adults seeking help, (3) parents/guardians seeking help for their teen/young adult child, and (4) those trying to help an adult loved one. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Dangers of Texting and Driving
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration

    Liz Marks shares how her accident from texting while driving changed her life. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    OJP Releases FY 2015 Program Plan for Funding Initiatives
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

    OJP’s Program Plan for 2015 is now available online. This searchable online document contains current funding opportunities for initiatives within the OJP. The plan includes funding opportunities for juvenile justice programs on juvenile re-entry, tribal and other minority youth, children’s exposure to violence, juvenile drug courts, at-risk or system-involved girls, cross-over/dual-system youth, and youth violence prevention. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Bridging Research and Practice Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: Rolling
    The Bridging Research and Practice program provides funding to former NIJ grantees to share their findings with practitioner audiences through such mediums as conferences, journals, videos, podcasts, and blogs. This funding, the amount of which varies based on what is proposed, only covers activities not in the original grant budget. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
    OJJDP invites proposals to broker, coordinate, and provide relevant training and technical assistance to the 39 jurisdictions that OJJDP funds through its youth violence prevention initiatives: Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention. OJJDP strongly encourages applications that involve collaboration between two or more entities. Learn more (PDF, 34 pages).

  • January 26, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Re-Entry Mentoring Project
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
    This solicitation (PDF, 40 pages) will fund mentoring and comprehensive transitional services that emphasize the development of parenting skills in offenders who are young fathers, with the goal of promoting their safe and successful transitions from secure confinements and out-of-home placements back to their families and communities. Learn more (PDF, 40 pages).

  • January 26, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
    The purpose of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center grant program is to build national capacity for preventing suicide by providing technical assistance, training, and resources to assist states, tribes, organizations, SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith and other SAMHSA grantees, and individuals to develop suicide prevention strategies that advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention with the overall goal of reducing suicides and suicidal behaviors in the nation. Learn more.

  • January 26, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Research to Evaluate the CDC Heads Up Concussion Initiative in Youth Sports
    Agencies/Departments: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Application Deadline: February 24, 2015
    CDC will fund one cooperative agreement that rigorously evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of concussion education within local youth sports organizations and on high school sports teams and assesses awareness programs that use CDC’s Heads Up training, toolkits, and other materials. Applicants should evaluate changes in rules and practices in sports that have been implemented to complement education and awareness efforts. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-Age Females, 1995 - 2013
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics

    This report compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization of 18-24 year old females enrolled and not enrolled in college. The report examines the relationship of victim and offender, involvement of a weapon, location of victimization, reporting to the police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    SPRC Launches New Video Series
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

    SPARK Talks is a new video series from SPRC. In these short, provocative, action-oriented, realistic, and knowledgeable videos, leaders in the suicide prevention movement describe developments in the field that can have an impact on suicide. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA's Roles and Actions 2011 - 2014 Accomplishments Report
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This Leading Change Report highlights some of the key accomplishments SAMHSA has achieved through its strategic initiatives. SAMHSA developed such initiatives to direct its ongoing efforts to better meet the behavioral health needs of individuals, families, and communities. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Supporting Materials: Promoting Health Equity Through Education Programs and Policies
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Community Preventive Services Task Force

    The Community Preventive Services Task Force offers recommendations, findings, and other materials on a variety of programs related to academic success, health, and well-being of children and teens. Intended for center-based, full-day kindergarten, high school completion, and out-of-school time academic programs, recommendations are based on a systematic review of the scientific literature. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Fact Sheet: Improving Outcomes for Our Nation’s Foster Youth
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    This fact sheet illustrates the steps that the Obama administration and its federal partners are taking to support foster youth. These efforts include ensuring access to healthy meals, protecting the welfare of Native youth, building financial security, keeping young people out of the justice system, creating paths to employment, supporting educational success, and developing public service and private investment opportunities. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

    “Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration” estimates the long-term costs incurred by taxpayers as a result of the negative outcomes of incarcerating juvenile offenders. Such long-term costs include the effects of recidivism, fewer future earnings and tax revenues, additional public assistance spending, and higher victimization rate. These long-term costs could cost taxpayers $8-$21 billion each year. The report offers recommendations for reducing incarceration, including shifting funding to community-based alternatives and investing in diversion and prevention programs. This report was released by the Justice Policy Institute. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014

    Using data from 133 countries, the “Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014” provides an overview of violence prevention efforts across the globe that aim to address interpersonal violence (specifically child maltreatment), youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. This report was jointly published by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    January Is National Mentoring Month
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    National Mentoring Month is an opportunity to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of others by thanking them and paying it forward. Use the National Mentoring Month campaign toolkit and other digital materials to spread the word and engage the community in support of National Mentoring Month. Become a mentor by using the ZIP code search engine to connect to local mentoring opportunities. Be someone who matters to someone who matters today. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Get Involved: NIDA's National Drug Facts Week
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    Date: January 26 - February 1, 2015
    Get involved with NIDA’s fifth annual National Drug Facts WeekSM. Host or promote events for teens that help shatter the myths about drugs, and expose teens to facts about drugs and addiction from scientists and other experts. NIDA staff can recommend materials and activities, help organizations partner with one another, and highlight events on the official 2015 National Drug Facts Week map. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: American Apprenticeship Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration

    Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
    DOL announced $100 million in grants to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries, such as health care, biotechnology, information technology, and advanced manufacturing. Successful applicants will use the federal funds to develop programs that align with postsecondary education, create career pathways to long-term careers, and encourage greater access to apprenticeship opportunities for historically underrepresented populations. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

    Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
    The Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success grant program aims to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: underage drinking among those ages 12-20 and prescription drug misuse and abuse among those ages 12-25. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Registration Open for National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program; Futures Without Violence, National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

    Date: March 19-21, 2015
    Futures Without Violence will host the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in Washington, DC. Topics include sexual assault on college campuses, the social determinants of health, sex trafficking of youth, children’s exposure to violence, and the Defending Childhood initiative. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: February 27, 2015
    The Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grant program seeks to improve the health of individuals with serious mental illness, enhance the consumer experience, and control costs. To help achieve this goal, PBHCI co-locates primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings. PBHCI grantees for fiscal year 2015 are expected to build on lessons learned from previous grantees and to strengthen their focus on integrated treatment teams, evidence-based and promising wellness interventions, program structures, performance monitoring and continuous quality improvement, and sustainability. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    For Public Feedback: A College Ratings Framework
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    Comment Deadline: February 17, 2015
    Based on extensive consultation with stakeholders and experts, ED has released for further public comment a draft framework for a college ratings system. The rating system will (1) help students and families make informed choices when searching for and selecting a college; (2) help colleges measure, set benchmarks for, and continue to improve access, affordability, and outcomes; and (3) align these key principles with the incentives and accountability structure in the federal student aid program. ED will use the comments, as well as feedback gathered at future meetings, to refine this tool, which is set to be released for the 2015-2016 school year. Learn more and submit comments here or by emailing collegefeedback@ed.gov.

  • January 8, 2015
    2015 Student Opportunities in Public Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC offers many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience in the field of public health. Opportunities for summer internships and year-long fellowships for 2015 are now available. Learn more.

  • January 8, 2015
    NIDA Seeks Input on 2016-2020 Strategic Plan
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    Response Deadline: January 30, 2015
    NIDA is seeking input on the research priorities that should be included in its strategic plan. NIDA is interested in hearing from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. The strategic plan will guide the agency for the next five years. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Webinar: Supporting Youth with Special Education Needs in Justice Settings
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education; National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk

    Date: December 11, 2 - 3:15 p.m. EST
    This webinar will explore the unique needs of youth with learning and related disabilities and the ways in which justice facilities and schools can support youth success. The webinar will also discuss academic and instructional approaches, and behavioral and social emotional supports that facilities are using. Learn more.

  • November 24, 2014
    Webinar: Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) Bidders Conference
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services; Corporation for National and Community Service; Institute for Museum and Library Services

    Date: December 1, 2014, 3:30 - 5 p.m. EST
    This webinar will feature representatives from federal agencies discussing the Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth program, which will offer unique flexibility to 10 pilots to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcomes-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth. Speakers will address the application requirements and selection criteria for this opportunity. Learn more.

  • November 24, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services; Corporation for National and Community Service; Institute for Museum and Library Services

    Application Deadline: March 4, 2015
    States, tribes, and municipalities are invited to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) and test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth in education, employment, and other key outcomes. Under the P3 initiative, 10 pilots will be granted new flexibility to blend funds received from different federal discretionary programs and to align programs and reporting requirements, thereby using funding more effectively. Pilots will also receive start up grants of up to $700,000. Learn more.

  • November 18, 2014
    Five Tips for Taking a 'Housing-First' Approach
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    Sol Flores (founding executive director of La Casa Norte in Chicago) and Margaret Mitchell (president and CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland) share tips for how runaway and homeless youth programs can adopt a “housing-first” approach that emphasizes stable, permanent housing as a primary strategy for ending homelessness. Learn more.

  • November 18, 2014
    We R Native 30 Day Photo Challenge

    Deadline: November 20, 2014
    In honor of Native American Heritage Month, We R Native encourages native youth to participate in the 30 Day Photo Challenge by posting photos that show what it means to be Native American. Winners will receive $75 (1st), $50 (2nd), or $25 (3rd). Learn more.

  • November 17, 2014
    Webinar: Child Trafficking and Juvenile Justice

    Date: November 19, 2014, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST
    On November 19, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice will hold the first in a series of webinars related to human trafficking. This event will focus on the nature and impact of sex trafficking, the history of the response to trafficking in the United States, the intersection of sex trafficking and juvenile justice, and current federal and state laws that aim to prevent the criminalization of trafficking victims. Learn more.

  • November 4, 2014
    Webcast: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services
  • October 24, 2014
    Join the Blogging Challenge to End Youth Homelessness!
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    NCFY’s Blogging Challenge to End Youth Homelessness encourages bloggers to publish posts that address youth homelessness. Winning posts will be featured on the NCFY website. This effort is a part of the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s campaign to recognize 40 years of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Learn more.

  • October 24, 2014
    SAMHSA’s KSOC-TV: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Date: October 27, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
    This webisode will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions designed to address the consequences of trauma among children, youth, and families. Learn more.

  • October 24, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Mental Health Training Initiative for State and Local Juvenile Detention and Correctional Systems
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Application Date: October 31, 2014
    Six sites will have the opportunity to receive instruction on the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice, developed to educate juvenile justice staff about adolescent development, mental health disorders and treatment, the critical role of families, and practical strategies for engaging and interacting with youth. OJJDP and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation jointly support this initiative. Learn more.

  • October 22, 2014
    National Forum Expanding to Five Additional Cities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced the expansion of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to five additional cities: Long Beach, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle, Washington; and Baltimore, Maryland. Each city will receive an initial set of planning grants to begin the work that has been so successful in the original Forum cities. Each city will be eligible for additional support once they develop comprehensive plans for coordinating resources, engaging in community outreach, and involving new stakeholders. Learn more.

  • October 20, 2014
    President Obama Announces the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge encourages communities to implement cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people. Cities, tribal nations, towns, and counties will be charged with building and executing robust plans to ensure that all young people can achieve their full potential. Learn more.

  • September 24, 2014
    Live Spanish Hangout on Business Tips for Young Entrepreneurs
    Agencies/Departments: Small Business Administration

    Date: September 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST
    The Small Business Administration and GobiernoUSA.gov will host a Google Hangout in Spanish to offer business tips for young entrepreneurs. The live Hangout will help budding young entrepreneurs who are looking for tips on how to start a new business. Participants will get insight from young entrepreneur who will answer questions about getting started. Hangout participants can submit questions by email to learning@sba.gov or tweet questions using hashtag #jovenesempresarios. No registration is needed to participate. Learn more. Aprender más.

  • September 23, 2014
    Webinar: Suicide Prevention for Alaska Native Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

    Date: September 23, 2014, 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
    Presenters will provide an overview of suicide in Alaska and describe strategies to promote mental wellness and reduce suicide among Alaska Natives. Learn more.

  • September 19, 2014
    Media-Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD)

    Application Deadline: October 24, 2014
    NICHD is accepting applications from young adults ages 15- 20 for its Media Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program. MSY is a 10-lesson curriculum that explores media, nutrition, and physical activity. Teen leaders carry out the program from start to finish. In return, they gain leadership experience, community service hours, and recognition from the NIH, plus training and $1,000 for program expenses. Applications are due October 24. Learn more.

  • August 5, 2014
    AANAPISIs: Serving a Critical AAPI Student Population
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post outlines the issues discussed at a recent meeting that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held with Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander education stakeholders. At the meeting, attendees requested a clear statement that Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are indeed in the same class of institutions as Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions under the Higher Education Act (HEA). In response to these concerns, the Department updated its website, recommending listing AANAPISIs along with the other classes of schools delineated under HEA. Learn more.  

  • July 7, 2014
    Request for Information on Significant Disproportionality
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Comment Deadline: July 21, 2014
    The Department of Education is requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality in special education based on race and ethnicity. The Department would like input on actions related to (1) identifying, placing, and disciplining children with disabilities and (2) ensuring that funds reserved for comprehensive, coordinated early intervention services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are used to effectively address significant disproportionality. Learn more.

  • January 29, 2014
    Webinar: Examining Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) for Asian/Pacific Islander Youth: Strategies to Effectively Address DMC
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), State Training and Technical Assistance Center

    Date: January 30, 2014; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar will focus on Asian and Pacific Islander (API) youth in the juvenile justice system. Andrea Coleman, OJJDP’s DMC Coordinator, will discuss the unique characteristics of API youth, their rates of DMC and the stereotypes that lead to their contact with the system, and strategies for effectively working with this diverse population. Learn more.  

  • January 22, 2014
    Webinar: Effective Youth Diversion Strategies for Law Enforcement
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Date: January 23, 2014; 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar, presented by OJJDP in collaboration with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, will focus on youth diversion programs. Panelists will discuss program development, implementation challenges, and successes, and will highlight strategies that law enforcement agencies can consider when creating or enhancing a diversion program. Learn more.

  • January 14, 2014
    Webinar: Drilling Down: An Analytical Look at EBP Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center

    Date: February 6, 2014; 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
    This webinar will feature a discussion of the major evidence-based practice resources available to juvenile justice professionals and a comparison of rating systems. Presenters will explore the research presented, discuss how to apply it in daily work, and encourage practitioners in the field to be critical consumers of research evidence. Learn more.  

  • January 14, 2014
    Webinar: Underage Drinking Laws: How Are We Doing and Where Are We Going?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center

    Date: January 23, 2014; 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    This webinar will provide an overview of national efforts to reduce underage drinking, effective strategies to address this issue, and the work of law enforcement agencies to expand the reach of their efforts while building upon established practices. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    White House Student Film Festival
    Agencies/Departments: White House

    Submission Deadline: January 29, 2014
    K–12 students across the country are invited to participate in the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. Students should submit 1- to 3-minute short videos that highlight how they use technology in their classroom or school or the role that technology will play in education in the future. Finalists will have the opportunity to attend a screening of their films at the White House and have their films posted on the White House website. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    December Is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
    Agencies/Departments: Office of National Drug Control Policy

    National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is a time to spread awareness of the risks, and strengthening efforts to prevent drugged driving. This blog post highlights the potential fatal outcomes of drugged driving and highlights the efforts of individuals, communities, and states to work toward improving safety. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    I Am Indian Country: eBook Contest for Native American Youth

    Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014
    We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle invite American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai‘ian youth, ages 13–24, to submit an essay, a photo, a graphic, an illustration, a video, or an audio recording that illustrates their cultural values. The top ten entries will be awarded $100 in cash prizes, and all submissions will be featured in an eBook, the weRnative blog, the Reconnecting the Circle website, and other content platforms. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    SAMHSA’S Prevention Day: February 3, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA will hold its annual Prevention Day on February 3, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum. With the theme “The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade,” Prevention Day will feature speakers, plenaries, and workshops that will provide information on effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Environmental Education Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Application Deadline: February 4, 2014
    The EPA seeks grant proposals from local education agencies, colleges or universities, state education or environmental agencies, tribal education agencies, 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities working in education to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: January 20, 2013
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, to be held on January 20, 2013, marks an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy by serving their community. Learn about service projects in your area, plan your own event, and share your organization’s plans for the day.

  • December 17, 2013
    Call for New Ideas and Innovations in Higher Education
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2014
    In support of President Obama’s agenda to combat rising college costs, the Secretary of Education will use his statutory authority under the Higher Education Act (HEA) to grant waivers from specific Title IV, HEA statutory or regulatory requirements to allow a limited number of postsecondary educational institutions to participate in experiments to test alternative methods for administering the Title IV, HEA programs. These experimental sites will test new ideas that shine a light on innovative practices that can accelerate innovation, remove regulatory hurdles, and simplify pathways to higher education. The Department of Education is requesting that the public, including the higher education community and others with a stake in a more educated workforce and society, submit ideas for experimental sites. Submissions should also include data on the outcomes of the proposed alternatives and reasonable assessments of what would have happened under the existing requirements. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    Bright Idea: A Free Teen Clinic Reduces Barriers to Health Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This article highlights the work of Tulane’s Drop-In Clinic, which provides free medical care to teens in New Orleans. It shares some of the best practices that have helped the clinic successfully reduce barriers and connect youth to care. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    Five Key Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Young People
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    This blog post links to multiple resources that can help youth-serving programs understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects youth, including homeless and runaway youth. The post also provides some of the highlights from a recent webinar that discussed what youth and youth workers need to know about the ACA. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    Preliminary Data Show Signs of Improvement Among High School Graduation Rates
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Data released on states’ graduation rates in 2011–2012 show that 16 states reported graduation rates at or above 85 percent, an improvement from 9 states reporting these rates in 2010–2011. This is the second year for which all states used a common metric to report graduation rates, allowing greater uniformity, transparency, and comparisons between across states and districts. Learn more.  

  • December 6, 2013
    Addressing and Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post discusses the issue of sexual assault on college campuses and the damaging effects of sexual assault for victims and communities. The post also describes key elements of sexual assault prevention campaigns and provides links to resources from the Department of Justice created to aid in campus sexual assault prevention efforts. Learn more.

  • December 6, 2013
    FEMA Corps Members Graduate After 10 Months of Disaster Service
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    After completing 10 months of intensive service to disaster survivors, including those from Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornados, 141 FEMA Corps members based at the Sacramento AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps campus were honored at graduation ceremonies. A partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and CNCS, FEMA Corps engages young people ages 18–24 in disaster response and recovery projects, thereby enhancing our nation’s response to disasters while expanding career opportunities for these young adults. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    2014 National Mentoring Summit
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Date: January 30 and 31, 2014
    Convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and host committee members―CNCS, the Harvard School of Public Health, OJJDP, and United Way Worldwide―the 2014 National Mentoring Summit will highlight evidence-based mentoring practices, innovative program models, and emerging research. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    Funding Opportunity: Youth CareerConnect
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor

    Application Deadline: January 27, 2014
    Through the Youth CareerConnect grant program, the Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education will award $100 million in funding to provide high school students with the education and skills they need to pursue a successful career. The grants will also encourage school districts, colleges, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for young people. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    2012 School Health Profiles
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health

    The newly released 2012 School Health Profiles include information gathered through surveys conducted in 45 states, 16 large urban school districts, four territories, and two tribal governments on multiple measures related to school health. The report includes background information on the Profiles, a fact sheet on key 2012 results, and a fact sheet on each state, school district, territory, and tribal government on obesity, sexual risk behaviors, and tobacco use. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    OK2TALK: Help for Youth

    Developed by the National Association of Broadcasters and featured on MentalHealth.gov, OK2TALK is a new campaign that aims to encourage young people struggling with mental health challenges to talk about their experiences, without fear of stigma, and to create opportunities for open conversations in schools, in the workplace, and among families about mental health. The campaign includes TV and radio PSAs and an online community where youth can share their story by submitting creative content. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    How Are CHIPRA Quality Demonstration States Working to Improve Adolescent Health Care?
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    This article describes the work of 18 states, funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, to improve the quality of health care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The barriers the states have encountered and strategies to address these barriers are discussed. The article also suggests actions that states can take to enhance adolescent health care. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    Six Ways You Can Help Youth During National Runaway Prevention Month—and Beyond
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In observance of National Runaway Prevention Month, this slideshow provides tips for youth-serving professionals and programs on how they can keep youth from running away and help them if they do run. Learn more.  

  • November 27, 2013
    4 Things to Do Before You Make Your First Student Loan Payment
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog entry outlines the four things recent graduates should do as they prepare to make their first student loan payment: get organized, contact the loan servicer, estimate monthly payments, and select a repayment plan. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    Understanding the Impact of Children’s Exposure to Violence in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice

    This blog entry describes the new task force created to examine the impact of violence on children in Indian country. This task force, which originated from the findings of the Defending Childhood Initiative, comprises a federal working group and an advisory committee of experts. It will hold its first hearing on December 9, 2013. Learn more.  

  • November 21, 2013
    2014 National Drug Facts Week: January 27–February 2, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    NIDA has officially opened registration for 2014 National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) (January 27–February 2, 2014), an annual observance with events across the country that connect young people with information about drug abuse. NIDA provides materials that can be used at events, as well as a toolkit that can help organizations plan their activities. Learn more and register your NDFW 2014 event.

  • November 21, 2013
    Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

    This report introduces the Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters model, which promotes the effective coordination of the diverse systems and agencies that serve children and youth following a disaster. This model has been implemented in the wake of multiple recent disasters, including the Joplin, Missouri, tornado and Hurricane Sandy. It provides recommendations to states, tribes, territories, and communities about launching their own task forces and describes how the Administration for Children and Families can provide support. Learn more (PDF, 14 pages).  

  • November 21, 2013
    Sharing Ideas and Resources to Keep Our Schools Safe!
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

    This report examines new tools to gauge and prevent potential school crises and new uses for familiar technologies in school settings. It also highlights successful safety programs in urban and rural schools. Learn more (PDF, 82 pages).  

  • November 21, 2013
    Marijuana: Facts for Teens
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

    This updated booklet can help teens learn the facts about marijuana, including its potential to lead to other drug use and its effect on different parts of the body. Learn more (PDF, 13 pages).

  • November 21, 2013
    National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    With the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest aims to increase awareness about child abduction. Students in grade 5 are invited to create posters that reflect the theme and to submit an application that describes the importance of collaboration in bringing missing children home safely. The winner from each state will be entered into a national competition, and the national winner, along with his or her parents and teacher, will be invited to Washington, DC, to participate in the Missing Children’s Day ceremony. Learn more.  

  • November 21, 2013
    Administration Holds Public Forums to Engage Stakeholders in Efforts to Improve College Affordability
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    To gather public feedback about the Administration’s plan to address rising college costs, the Department of Education hosted three public forums across the country and will hold the final forum at Louisiana State University on November 21. Learn more about the forums and President Obama’s agenda to address the cost of higher education. 

  • November 21, 2013
    Research Brief: Young Adults and the Health Insurance Marketplace
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

    This research brief analyzes what young, uninsured Americans can expect to pay if they purchase insurance through the Insurance Marketplace, estimating that nearly 5 in 10 uninsured, single young adults who are eligible could pay $50 or less per month. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).   

  • November 21, 2013
    OAH Launches New Infographics Twitter Hashtag
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    OAH will now use the hashtag #OAHPicks to highlight updates on new infographics related to the topic of adolescent health. Learn more.  

  • November 20, 2013
    Six Ways You Can Help Youth During National Runaway Prevention Month--and Beyond
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In observance of National Runaway Prevention Month, this slideshow provides tips for youth-serving professionals and programs on how they can youth from running away and helping them if they do run. Learn more.

  • November 20, 2013
    Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

    OWH developed the new Communication Skills Building program to help community organizations lead discussions with families and caregivers about improving their communication with their preteen and teen daughters. The free materials include facilitators’ guides, online videos, and tip sheets for parents to use with African-American and Hispanic communities. Learn more.