Announcements

  • 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
    Funding Opportunity: Social Science Research on Implementation, Dissemination, and Translation FY2015
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 9, 2015
    NIJ seeks proposals for projects studying how criminal justice practitioners and policymakers use research in their decision-making processes (PDF, 31 pages) and how they implement evidence-based programs or practices. Learn more (PDF, 31 pages). 

  • March 9, 2015
    Funding Opportunities: Basic Center and Street Outreach Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau

    Basic Center Program (BCP): The purpose of the BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The program provides youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for health care. Application deadline: April 10, 2015. Learn more.

    Street Outreach Program (SOP): The purpose of the SOP is to provide prevention services to runaway and homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. The SOP assists them in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave. Application deadline: April 10, 2015. Learn more.

  • March 9, 2015
    Apply to Become a BJA Visiting Fellow
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

    Application Deadline: April 2, 2015
    BJA Visiting Fellows (PDF, 31 pages) collaborate with practitioners and researchers to build capacity to address gaps in priority and emerging issues in the criminal justice field. For FY2015, BJA is seeking fellows under the five priority areas: (1) Justice Information Sharing, Analysis, and Cyber Crimes; (2) Law Enforcement Human Trafficking; (3) Reentry and Corrections Second Chance Act; (4) Corrections: Reforming Corrections Policies and Practices to Reduce Recidivism and Enhance Outcomes; and (5) Strategic Initiatives, Implementation Fidelity. Learn more (PDF, 31 pages). 

  • March 9, 2015
    Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

    Comment Deadline: April 10, 2015
    ACF has proposed an amendment to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) (PDF, 91 pages), which collects data from child welfare agencies on all children in foster care and those who have been adopted. The public is invited to submit comments on this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which focuses on revisions to the following four areas to enhance comprehensive data collection: (1) reporting populations, (2) data structure, (3) data elements, and (4) strengthening data quality through compliance and penalties. Learn more (PDF, 91 pages). 

  • March 9, 2015
    Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: April 14, 2015
    Grants awarded through the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Mentoring Program are intended to assist newly forming coalitions to meet all of the Statutory Eligibility Requirements of the DFC Support Program and be fully prepared to compete for the DFC grant on their own. Learn more.

  • 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
    Public Comment: Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted its recommendations which will inform the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The committee’s recommendations report is available for public view and comment. The public is encouraged to provide written comments through April 8, 2015 and is invited to attend a public meeting to provide oral comments on March 24, 2015. 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. 

     

  • March 2, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: 2015 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Application Deadline: April 20, 2015
    The purpose of the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant program is to facilitate a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities in building essential capacity and infrastructure to support expanded efforts to promote wellness and help-seeking of all students.  Additionally, this grant will offer outreach to vulnerable students, including those experiencing substance abuse and mental health problems, who are at greater risk for suicide and suicide attempts. Learn more.

  • March 2, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: SMART FY 2015 Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)

    Application Deadline: April 16, 2015
    The Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program (PDF, 28 pages) assists jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA was enacted to protect the public by establishing a comprehensive national system of standards for the registration and notification of convicted sex offenders. Learn more (PDF, 28 pages). 

  • March 2, 2015
    Applications Being Accepted for Youth Justice System Improvement Programs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    The Center for Justice Reform has partnered with the OJJDP-funded Center for Coordinated Assistance to States to offer professional development opportunities for individuals who work in the juvenile justice system or with at-risk youth:

    The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program: Building an Infrastructure for Reform (PDF, 8 pages)
    Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
    This program will offer training to assist multidisciplinary teams in developing a stronger infrastructure to improve system processes and outcomes for at-risk youth and youth involved in multiple systems.

    Youth in Custody Certificate Program
    Application Deadline: April 17, 2015
    This certificate program provides leaders in the juvenile justice field with the resources and opportunity to create change and build on system improvements to improve outcomes for youth in custody.

  • March 2, 2015
    Funding Opportunities: Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The purpose of these programs is to provide funding to states, territories, and tribes to develop a comprehensive strategic plan in order to improve treatment for adolescents  and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in order to assure that they have access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services.

    State Youth Treatment-Implementation Cooperative Agreements
    Application Deadline: April 2, 2015
    The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to expand services for the population of focus, involve families and youth in informing policy and practice, expand the qualified workforce, disseminate evidence-based practices (EPBs), develop funding and payment strategies that support EBP’s, and improve interagency collaboration.

    State Youth Treatment-Planning Cooperative Agreement
    Application Deadline: April 6, 2015
    The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to expand services for the population of focus, increase screening of youth in diverse provider settings, expand the qualified workforce, develop funding and payment strategies which are practical and support EBPs, develop/expand an existing provider collaborative, and adopt/enhance an existing data infrastructure/management information system.

  • February 23, 2015
    The My Brother's Keeper Initiative
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    In this video, President Barack Obama announces the launch of My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to work hard to get ahead. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Girls and Substance Use — A "Girls Matter!" Webinar
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The third of three webinars in the "Girls Matter!" series explores current trends in substance use among adolescent girls, effective strategies for intervention, treatment, and support for girls, substance use trends in teens, and principles of substance use disorder treatment for adolescents. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health of Adolescent Girls — A "Girls Matter!" Webinar
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The second of three webinars in the "Girls Matter!" series addresses common behavioral health issues among adolescent girls and provides effective coping strategies. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Growing Up Girl — A "Girls Matter!" Webinar
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The first of three webinars in the "Girls Matter!" series provides an overview of the growth and development of adolescent girls. Key topics include biological, social, cultural, and societal factors that influence their maturation, impact of media on self-esteem, reproductive health, and teen dating violence. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    New State Fact Sheets on Drunk Driving and Restraint Use
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

    The CDC’s Injury Center has released two new fact sheets that provide state-specific data on seat belt use and drunk driving. “Buckle Up: Restraint Use Fact Sheets” provides snapshots of motor vehicle occupant deaths and seat belt use and describes proven strategies to increase the use of appropriate restraints. “Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving State Fact Sheets” provides information on alcohol-involved traffic deaths as well as strategies that can reduce drunk driving. Access state-level data on a variety of topics related to driver safety on the Injury Center’s website

  • February 23, 2015
    National Mentoring Month and Small Businesses
    Agencies/Departments: Small Business Administration

    This blog post describes the benefit of mentoring for youth and illustrates the role that small business owners and employees can play in developing mentoring relationships and programs. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Resource Roundup: Helping Youth and Families Get Affordable Care Act Health Coverage
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    NCFY has compiled a list of resources from federal agencies and nonprofit organizations that can help professionals guide youth and families in obtaining affordable health care through Medicaid or the Health Insurance Marketplace. Learn more.

  • February 23, 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 (NCFY)

    Having a GED instead of a high school diploma, difficulty getting parental permission, lack of a GPA, and incomplete transcripts can all be obstacles that homeless students can face when seeking scholarship funding. 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 students navigate the scholarship application process. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Q&A: Robin Petering on Homeless Youth and Gangs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In this interview with NCFY, Robin Petering a researcher at the University of Southern California School of Social work discusses the reasons some homeless youth become involved in gangs, addressing young people’s involvement in gangs, and the high rates of trauma among juggalos, tattooed and street-named young fans of the band, Insane Clown Posse. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Top 5 FAFSA FAQs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Federal Student Aid

    The Digital Engagement Team at Federal Student Aid fields questions from borrowers as they fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This blog post presents the answers to some of the most frequently asked FAFSA questions. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    SAMHSA Enrollment and Outreach Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    SAMHSA’s Enrollment and Outreach Resources document lists resources outreach programs can use to ensure people with mental and/or substance use disorders benefit from health reform. Diverse populations are addressed including the homeless and individuals with criminal justice system involvement. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    USDA Announces Winners of the 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 23, 2015
    New Online Training: Logic Models and Theories of Change
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    “Logic Models and Theory of Change” is a new, free online course from NCFY that walks users through the basics of each model while presenting examples from the field. This training can help staff working for family and youth-serving agencies make plans to establish a new program or update an existing one. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Updates to Knowledge Network and Resources
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    Formerly a stand-alone technical assistance website, the Knowledge Network, which offers resources on many CNCS focus areas, is now housed directly on the CNCS website. Additionally, eCourses available through the Knowledge Network Online Learning Center no longer require a log in for access. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation Examining Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women: Domestic Violence, Homicide, Intimate Partner Violence, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Teen Dating Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Instititue of Justice

    Application Deadline: April 15, 2015
    The purpose of this grant program is to encourage and support research, development, and evaluation that will examine violence and victimization experienced by American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN). Funds will support research and evaluation related to violence against AI and AN women in the areas of domestic violence, homicide, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence. Learn more (PDF, 32 pages). 

  • 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 23, 2015
    President’s FY2016 Indian Affairs Budget Requests $2.9 Billion to Support Tribal Self-Determination, Strengthen Native American Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of the Interior

    President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request (PDF, 6 pages) for Indian Affairs is $2.9 billion, a 12 percent increase from the FY2015 enacted level, reflecting the Administration’s strong support for Native American communities. The request includes many opportunities for Native youth, including the launch of Generation Indigeneous, a Native youth-focused initiative, and investments in education and youth programming. Learn more (PDF, 6 pages). 

  • February 23, 2015
    Affordable Care Act Offers Behavioral Health Services to AI/AN Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improves access to health coverage, including coverage for mental health or substance abuse treatment, for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This article outlines the benefits of the ACA for AI/AN communities, how to get more information, and how to enroll. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics

    “Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12” presents findings from a survey of campus law enforcement agencies during the 2011-12 academic year and includes data on employees, agency functionings, arrest jurisdiction, patrol coverage, and more. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Theme Video
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime

    The theme of 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims.” The 2015 NCVRW theme video highlights the importance of building partnerships throughout communities to better address all victims’ needs. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Digital Bicycle and Pedestrian Motion Graphics
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    NHTSA has developed new motion graphics that rely on images and animations that can help people who speak different languages or may be hearing impared learn about bicycle and pedestrian safety concepts. 

  • February 23, 2015
    58 Million Americans Exposed to Secondhand Smoke: CDC
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Despite an overall decline in smoking, 58 million nonsmokers are still being exposed to secondhand smoke, says data from the CDC. 40 percent of children aged 3 to 11 are breathing in secondhand smoke, with 70 percent of black children experiencing exposure. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    New Uniform Guidance for CNCS Grants
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    CNCS has issued new guidance for grants awarded in fiscal year 2015. Fund recipients can review existing training and reference materials in order to familiarize themselves with the new guidance. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health

    Based on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care, this curriculum covers definitions of disasters and culture, how to provide culturally competent services, and disaster recovery. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    New Tools to Reduce and Prevent Sexual Assault on Campus
    Agencies/Departments: White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

    The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault has developed multiple new resources that can help colleges and univerisites in their efforts to address sexual assault:

    Climate Surveys: Useful Tools to Help Colleges and Universities in Their Efforts to Reduce and Prevent Sexual Assault (PDF, 37 pages) provides an overview of how to plan and conduct a climate survey as part of a comprehensive effort to address sexual assault on campus, as well as an example of an empirically-informed survey based on best practices from the field.
    Checklist for Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies (PDF, 7 pages) highlights elements that are particularly important for institutions to consider when drafting sexual misconduct policies as part of their overall response to sexual misconduct.
    Building Partnerships with Local Rape Crisis Centers: Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 5 pages) provides information on developing memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to strengthen sexual assault prevention and response programs by developing partnerships with local rape crisis centers.
    Sample Reporting and Confidentiality Policy (PDF, 6 pages) inclues important elements for institutions to consider when drafting effective policies regarding reporting and confidentially disclosing sexual violence.
    Building Partnerships among Law Enforcement Agencies,Colleges and Universities: Developing a Memorandum of Understanding to Prevent and Respond Effectively to Sexual Assaults at Colleges and Universities provides sample language that may be helpful to institutions of higher education and local law enforcement agencies as they formulate or update an MOU.

  • February 23, 2015
    How to Easily Transfer Tax Information to Your FAFSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) allows borrowers to directly transfer their tax information to their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This blog posts outlines the benefit of using the DRT and how to get started. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    1 is 2 Many PSA
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    One in five young women has been sexually assaulted while in college. One is too many. In this campaign video, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, David Beckham, Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Evan Longoria, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Torre, and Andy Katz lend their voices to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Incorporating Relationship Abuse Prevention into Your Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programming
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In this video, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) presents to Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention grantees on incorporating relationship abuse prevention into their programming. FYSB also shares a web-based toolkit available to grantees to incorporate into their programming. Learn more.

  • February 23, 2015
    Performance Partnership Pilots (P3): Audio Clips Explaining Each Selection Criterion and Related Application Requirements
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services; Corporation for National and Community Service; Institute of Museum and Library Services

    The Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) program was authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth. To assist applicants in developing their responses, partner agencies have developed short podcast recordings that break down the seven application requirements and seven related Selection Criteria. 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 29, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 8, 2015
    NIJ is seeking multidisciplinary research and evaluation proposals related to childhood exposureto violence (PDF, 31 pages) , specifically proposals that address justice system responses to children identified as being exposed to violence; polyvictimization and multisystem involvement; and resilience and help-seeking. Learn more (PDF, 31 pages) 

  • January 29, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 7, 2015
    NIJ seeks applications to examine the effectiveness of specialized police and court-based units, services, and methods related to intimate partner and sexual violence. Learn more (PDF, 30 pages). 

  • January 29, 2015
    Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on the Investigation and Adjudication of Campus Sexual Assault
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    Application Deadline: April 6, 2015
    NIJ is seeking proposals to examine current or new investigation and/or adjudication practices and protocols used in the handling of campus sexual assault cases. Priority will be given to studies that employ a rigorous and comprehensive design and inform the enhancement, adaptation, or development of investigative and adjudication practices Learn more (PDF, 30 pages). 

  • 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.