Announcements

  • 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 11, 2015
    Briefing Paper Supports Discussing Race To Address Racial Discipline Disparities

    Developed by the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, "You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities (PDF, 12 pages),” provides a historical overview of racial inequity and racial discipline disparities in the United States and features recommendations for school administrators and educators on promoting conversations about race to address these disparities. Learn more (PDF, 12 pages). 

  • January 11, 2015
    Initial Launch of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Training Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Team Up for School Nutrition Success Training (Team Up) is a new pilot program that provides free, tailored training to schools on securing and providing healthy and delicious school meals to students. The program was developed in partnership with the USDA and the National Food Service Management Institute. The USDA also released a video in which first lady Michelle Obama promotes Team Up and praises the work of school food service professionals across the country. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Four Tips for Serving LGBTQ Young People in Rural Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

    This blog post addresses the unique challenges of serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in rural places. Written by the executive director of Tumbleweed Runaway Program in Billings, MT, it also suggests how youth-serving professionals in rural areas can make their services and communities welcoming to all young people. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Ask NCFY: 'How Do I Help Clients Try to Clear an Arrest Record?’
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

    Many young people who have arrests on their record may have difficulty obtaining a job or securing housing. In this blog post, a lawyer provides advice for youth-serving professionals who help their clients move on by clearing their arrest records. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Volunteering and Civic Life in America, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    Volunteering and Civic Life in America, 2014” shows that 62.6 million Americans volunteered 7.7 billion hours in 2014 — holding an estimated value of $173 billion. Seventeen percent of respondents reported mentoring youth, and 19% reported tutoring or teaching young people. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Results From the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse

    The annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey measures the current drug use by and attitudes toward drugs of students in grades 8, 10, and 12. Results show that use of cigarettes and alcohol and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013, but rates of marijuana use were stable. Measured for the first time in the 2014, the use of electronic cigarettes is high among teens, with past-month use at 8.7% for 8th graders, 16.2% for 10th graders, and 17.1% for 12th graders. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Student Voices Session: Shining a Spotlight on Native Youth in Foster Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    This blog post describes a Student Voices session held at The White House on December 8, 2014. Here, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, and current and former foster care youth from American Indian and Alaska Native nations discussed the struggles of Native youth. In the post, the author, a public policy specialist and a former foster care youth of Native Hawaiian and American Indian (Blackfeet) descent, also shares her personal experiences and the important role school played in her life. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    OAH Picks: Recapping 2014 and Six Trends in Adolescent Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    This list provides an overview of some of the major themes seen in adolescent health in 2014 and offers links to relevant resources. The top six trends are (1) increasing global attention on adolescence and an emphasis on young adulthood, (2) encouraging positive youth development, (3) implementing evidence-based programs for adolescents, (4) promoting physical activity and healthy eating, (5) preventing teen violence, and (6) promoting preventive health services for adolescents. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Parents, Lock Up Your Drugs
    Agencies/Departments: General Services Administration

    While children and teens are home on winter break, parents are encouraged to hide or secure their medications to avoid accidental ingestion or abuse. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    2013 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2013” presents statistics and trends for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States through 2013. The report shows that STDs particularly affect young people, as well as gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The data reflect that cases and rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea infection are highest in Americans between the ages of 15 and 24. The report also shows that MSM now account for 75% of all syphilis infections, and that 52% of MSM who have primary and secondary syphilis are infected with HIV. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Study Finds Genetic Clue to Menopause-Like Condition in Young Women
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    New research from NIH contributes to the understanding of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), a disorder that causes a woman’s ovaries to stop working before she is 40 years old, sometimes as early as in her teens. POI can affect fertility and puts women at high-risk the onset of osteoporosis and heart disease. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Financial Empowerment Toolkit
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, and Office of Community Services

    The Financial Empowerment Toolkit provides caseworkers, independent living skills providers, foster parents, and other supportive adults with strategies and resources to promote financial capability among young adults in foster care preparing to transition out of the system. The toolkit includes lessons learned, best practices, and practical tools which can be tailored to meet the needs of the populations professionals serve. Accompanying the toolkit are tipsheets for young people on various topics including credit history, taxes, building credit, and insurance. Learn more. 

  • January 11, 2015
    Education: A Key Social Determinant
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

    In response to data reflecting low graduation rates among some racial and ethnic minorities, the Institute for Research and Reform in Education developed First Things First (FTF) a comprehensive school reform initiative. FTF  aims to engage students intellectually and emotionally in their schools through instructional improvement, small learning communities, and family and student advocacy systems. FTF is currently implemented in schools throughout the country, reaching over 60,000 students, and successfully increasing high school graduation rates. Learn more.

  • January 11, 2015
    Move Over. It's The Law. Protecting Law Enforcement Personnel on Our Nation’s Highways
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Labor, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    All 50 States have “Move Over” laws designed to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders who are stopped on roadsides. But only 71% of the public know about these laws. The Move Over campaign seeks to raise awareness about these laws and the importance of protecting public safety professionals. Learn more and find banner ads, fact sheets, news releases, and other tools that you can use to spread the word about Move Over. 

  • 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 22, 2014
    Webinars From NCHE: McKinney-Vento and Paving the Way to College
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education; National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

    McKinney-Vento 101: School Access and Stability Under the McKinney-Vento Act
    Date: January 15, 2015, 1 - 2 p.m. EST and February 11, 2015, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
    Part one in a two-part series, this webinar will provide an overview of concepts of the McKinney-Vento Act. Presenters will explore various topics like the role of the local homeless education liaison, eligibility for services, students’ rights to school selection, and more. Learn more.

    McKinney-Vento 102: Support for Student Success and Special Populations
    Date: January 22, 2015, 1 - 2 p.m. EST and February 24, 2015, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
    Part two in the series, this webinar will provide in-depth information on the McKinney-Vento Act and related federal laws. Presenters will discuss how McKinney-Vento supports special populations (e.g., young homeless children and unaccompanied homeless youth) and how other federal programs and initiatives (e.g., Title I, Part A, IDEA, and the Child Nutrition Act) help support school success for homeless children and youth. Learn more.

    Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness
    Date: January 27, 2015, 1 - 2:15 p.m. EST
    This webinar will provide information about resources available to homeless youth applying to college. Presenters will discuss fee waivers for exams, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), other options for financial aid, and options for undocumented youth who want to attend college. Learn more.

    Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
    Date: February 27, 2015, 2 - 3:15 p.m. EST
    This webinar will provide information on the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness and guiding principles for determining eligibility. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Statewide Family Network Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
    SAMHSA released a Request for Applications for the Statewide Family Network Program grant. The Statewide Family Network Program enhances the states’ capacities and infrastructures to respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. To meet this goal, the program provides information, referrals, and support to families who have a child with a mental health challenge and creates a mechanism for families to participate in the planning and policy development of mental health services at the state and local levels. Applications for grants are due February 2, 2015. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Departments of Justice, Education Release: Correctional Education Guidance Package for Serving Juvenile Justice System-Involved Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Justice and Education

    The Correctional Education Guidance Package informs the efforts of states, school districts, and juvenile justice facilities that serve system-involved youth. It includes recommendations and federal requirements for ensuring youth in confinement receive an education comparable to those provided in traditional public school settings. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Limited Internet? Get a Flash Drive with Resources about Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    Resources from PeerX, NIDA’s online educational campaign to discourage abuse of prescription drugs among teens, are now available on a free flash drive. To get the flash drive, send an email to peerx@iqsolutions.com. The flash drive includes interactive videos, fact sheets, the PEERx Activity Guide, and other educational resources. Learn more about NIDA’s resources for teens. 

  • December 22, 2014
    Employers of National Service
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    Employers of National Service is an initiative that connects Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps and Peace Corps with leading employers to promote recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. Employers are encouraged to sign up by December 31, 2014, to be a charter Employer of National Service. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    NCFY Voices: From Homelessness to National Spokesman
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

    After the death of his mother when he was a teenager, Syncere started living on the streets. He then got involved with the Night Ministry, a Chicago youth program, went back to school, and now works for the organization. In this podcast from the FYSB event "Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action,” Syncere shares his experiences and discusses his dream to open a 24-hour youth resource center. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime

    “A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs” is a seven-part video series that highlights best practices for meeting the needs of drug-endangered youth in tribal communities. Produced in collaboration with tribal and federal partners, the videos feature testimonials and examples of cultural practices that tribal communities can use to help traumatized children who are healing from drug endangerment. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Four Colleges and Universities Earn Presidential Honor for Community Service
    Agencies/Departments: Corporation for National and Community Service

    766 higher education institutions were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Four received the President’s award, the highest honor a college or university can receive, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Looking Ahead: Five Years 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

    Four youth workers share what they plan to do in their communities over the next five years in order to meet the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Quick Health Data Online
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

    Quick Health Data Online provides reliable, easily accessible state- and county-level health data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and possessions. Data are available by gender, race, and ethnicity and are organized into 11 main categories, including demographics, mortality, natality, reproductive health, and mental health. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Celebrating Computer Science Education Week, Kids Code at the White House
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    In observance of Computer Science Education Week, President Obama welcomed middle school students to The White House to participate in an Hour of Code. The Obama administration has also announced several new commitments that will help to connect students to computer science education. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    The LGBT Enrollment Toolkit can guide health professionals in helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients understand health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act and enroll in plans. The toolkit includes a briefing document that can help providers enroll patients in plans, a presentation for providing this information to big groups, and a brochure with frequently asked questions. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Take Action Today: How Faith Leaders Can Support Bullying Prevention Efforts in the Community
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post illustrates how the Sikh Coalition has worked to increase awareness of bullying and the importance of working in partnership to end bullying of students of all backgrounds. It also provides links to resources specifically for faith leaders on preventing and responding to bullying. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Free Violence Prevention Course
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Principles of Prevention is a free, online violence prevention training, available on the CDC’s VetoViolence website. This dynamic and interactive course teaches the key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model. It also features interviews with leading experts and compelling stories, helps professionals to understand the fundamentals of effective violence prevention, and helps them to become familiar with the growing body of research on what works. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Injury Center

    “Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements” includes the latest information available for standardizing sexual violence surveillance definitions and data elements. The use of common terminology and data elements can promote higher quality and timely incidence and prevalence data. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Department of Health and Human Services: Public Policy Internship
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Partnership Center

    Application Deadline: Rolling
    The Partnership Center is accepting internship applications for spring 2015. Interns further the Partnership Center’s efforts to support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations by working on research projects, writing newsletter articles and blog posts, facilitating webinars, and assisting with office responsibilities. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship

    Application Deadline: February 20, 2015
    Young Latino leaders who have recently earned their bachelor’s degree and are interested in gaining experience in public policy are encouraged to apply to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship. This paid fellowship gives young people the opportunity to work on issues in their areas of interest in congressional offices and federal agencies. Applications are due February 20, 2015. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Change Maker: Youth M.O.V.E. National

    Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) National is a youth and young adult-led national advocacy organization that wants to change the world. Read the profile of Youth M.O.V.E. on Youth Engaged 4 Change to learn more about the organization’s key initiatives and its work to promote youth-adult partnerships, peer support, and advocacy. The article and photo journal highlight lessons learned about partnerships and collaborations from three perspectives: Youth M.O.V.E. National, Youth M.O.V.E. Miami-Through the Arts, and Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Preventing Drugged Driving Is as Important as Preventing Drunk Driving
    Agencies/Departments: The White House, Office of National Drug Control Policy

    This blog post calls on Americans to recognize National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in December by spreading the word about the dangers of drugged driving and helping to make the prevention of drugged driving a national priority. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Recording Now Available: Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) Bidders Conference
    Agencies/Departments: Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services; Corporation for National and Community Service; Institute of Museum and Library Services

    In this webinar, representatives from federal agencies discuss application requirements and selection criteria pertaining to the Notice Inviting Applications on Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth. P3 offers unique opportunities to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

    Deadline: February 2, 2015
    The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with other agencies, invites outstanding after-school and out-of-school youth-focused arts and humanities programs to apply to receive 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Each of the 12 winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their awards from first lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at The White House. Applications are due February 2, 2015. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Improving Teacher Preparation: Building on Innovation
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    ED announced new regulations that will aim to improve teacher preparation programs and promote transparency and accountability. ED will publish the final regulations in summer 2015. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    White House Tribal Nations Conference
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    On December 3, 2014, The White House hosted the Tribal Nations Conference. At this event, leaders from federally recognized Native nations, the President, cabinet officials, and The White Council on Native American Affairs discussed key issues facing tribes. During the event, the Obama administration released the 2014 Native Youth Report (PDF, 38 pages). This report describes the impact of past misguided federal policies on Native children, persistent educational disparities experienced by Native youth, and recommendations for partnerships that have the potential to strengthen ladders of opportunity for young people. President Obama also announced the launch of Generation Indigenous, a comprehensive, culturally appropriate initiative that will focus on removing barriers to success for Native youth. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Complex Trauma Resource Webpage
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

    The NCTSN website features a Complex Trauma Resource webpage. The page contains fact sheets, webinars, and other resources related to complex trauma. "Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators" (PDF, 6 pages) is the newest addition to the resource collection. This fact sheet provides information that can help teachers and school staff understand and work with students who have experienced complex trauma. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Talking With Your Teens About Sex: Going Beyond “the Talk”
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

    Research shows that parents have a great deal of influence over their teens’ decisions about sex (PDF, 4 pages). This fact sheet provides information and resources for parents that can help them facilitate conversations with their teens about sex and healthy relationships. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages). 

  • December 22, 2014
    Carbon Monoxide Poster Contest
    Agencies/Departments: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS)

    Deadline: February 27, 2015
    Students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the Carbon Monoxide Poster Contest (PDF, 2 pages). The poster should warn people about the dangers of poisonous carbon monoxide. Three winners from each grade level, and one additional winner chosen by visitors to the CPCS website, will each win $500. One grand prize winner will win an additional $1,000. Entries must be received by February 27, 2015. Learn more (PDF, 2 pages).

  • December 22, 2014
    Teen Dating Violence: How Peers Can Affect Risk & Protective Factors
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

    This brief (PDF, 24 pages) draws on NIJ-funded research, as well as broader literature, to illustrate the ways teens shape each other’s relationship experiences and decisions to enter and leave romantic relationships that turn violent. Learn more (PDF, 24 pages). 

  • December 22, 2014
    Family and Community Engagement Resources by State
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    ED has created an interactive map of family and community engagement resources offered by state education agencies. Users can click on a state to view and access a list of resources and more information. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Civil Rights Guidance to K-12 Schools on Single-Sex Classes
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

    Guidance from OCR advises schools on how to offer single-sex classes (PDF, 36 pages) while complying with Title IX. Presented in a question-and-answer format, the guidance addresses common scenarios that schools may face when designing single-sex programs. Learn more (PDF, 36 pages).

  • December 22, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice

    Application Deadline: February 24, 2015 by 9 p.m. EST
    The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation allows federally recognized tribal governments and tribal consortia to submit a single application for all 2015 funding opportunities supporting public safety, victim services, and crime prevention in tribal communities. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    New Resources Released at ConnectED to the Future Event
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education (ED)

    On November 19, President Obama hosted “ConnectED to the Future,” a convening of 100 superintendents and educators leading their districts in digital learning. At the event, ED released two new publications:
    (1) "Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning,” a toolkit that informs leaders about how technology can be used to connect educators and provide students with tailored professional learning experiences; and (2) “Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning,” a technical assistance guide that outlines tangible examples to help schools improve their technological infrastructure.

  • December 22, 2014
    Quick Tips for Kids on Reading a Nutrition Facts Label
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

    A new video from the FDA features important tips for kids to help them read nutrition labels and choose healthier snacks. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Internet Safety: 2014 Resource Guide
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

    This guide features short descriptions and links to multiple organizations, programs, publications, tools, and other resources related to internet safety, as well as subtopics like cyberbullying, sexting, self-harm, and suicide. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    American Indian and Alaska Native Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Are More Likely Than Other Admissions to Report Alcohol Abuse
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    A report released by SAMHSA reveals that about one-third of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) who are admitted to substance abuse treatment report alcohol abuse, while only about one-fifth of all other races give similar reports. Additionally, a higher percentage of AI/ANs begin using alcohol or drugs at age 11 or younger. Learn more (PDF, 1 page). 

  • December 22, 2014
    Access 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Data
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Public access data and documentation files for the 2013 NSDUH are now available. New variables include military status, marijuana usage, height and weight, screening questions during health care visits, and geography. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Browse NCSACW From Your Phone or Tablet
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

    NCSACW has updated its website to a responsive web design approach. Users can now easily navigate to tools, resources, and online tutorials related to substance abuse using mobile phones and tablets. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Read the Key Lessons of the RPG Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau

    “The Final Synthesis and Summary Report: Grantee Interviews” (PDF, 35 pages) captures lessons learned and stories from the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program. The RPG is the broadest federal program ever launched to assist states, tribes, and communities across the nation to improve the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes of children who are in, or at-risk of, out-of-home placement as a result of a parent's or caregiver's methamphetamine or other substance abuse. Learn more (PDF, 35 pages).

  • December 22, 2014
    Coping With Grief After Community Violence
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This resource offers tips for survivors of community violence, providing information on grief reactions, the length of grief, and methods of coping. Ways to help children cope with grief reactions to community violence are also included. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Getting the Latest Adolescent Health Facts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    The OAH has recently updated its fact sheets on adolescent healthy relationships, mental health, physical health, reproductive health, and substance abuse across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    College Senior Credits Supportive Relationships as Essential to Bullying Prevention
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    Whitney Dockrey, a 22-year-old senior at Georgetown University, participated as a youth panelist in a bullying prevention workshop convened in April 2014 by the Institute of Medicine. This blog post features her perspective on the importance of building and maintaining supportive relationships as a way to prevent and respond to bullying. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Information Memorandum: Serving Youth Who Run Away From Foster Care
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

    This Information Memorandum provides guidance on services for youth under age 18 who run away from foster care and come in contact with runaway and homeless youth programs. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    Recap: Blogging Challenge to End Youth Homelessness
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)

    In November, NCFY asked readers to use their blogs to spread awareness of youth homelessness. Read some of the highlights from these posts on topics like adapting programs, meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, and educating community decision-makers. Learn more.

  • December 22, 2014
    OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide Adds Three Literature Reviews
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP's Model Programs Guide, an online resource of evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs, has added three new literature reviews that address risk/need assessments for youth, disproportionate minority contact, and family therapy. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    HHS/Office of Adolescent Health Seeks External Reviewers for Upcoming Grant Announcements
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    As the OAH prepares to release six distinct funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), it is seeking external reviewers with expertise in adolescent sexual health to independently identify and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of proposals per FOA criteria. Reviewer applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, email a letter of interest and CV/resume to OAH.GOV@HHS.gov with the subject line “Reviewer Application” and complete the application at the Grant Reviewers page on the OAH website.

  • December 9, 2014
    3 Ways to Get Your Loan Out of Default
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Education

    Borrowers who default on student loans still have options. This blog post outlines steps that borrowers can take to get their loans back in good standing, including loan repayment, rehabilitation, and consolidation. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Videos: Reminding Kids About Street Safety Ages 5-18
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

    Pedestrian Safer Journey has created videos for multiple age groups that can help teach young people about pedestrian and bike safety. Each video is accompanied by a quiz or discussion and resources for educators. Access materials on pedestrian safety for ages 10-14 and 15-18 and resources on bike safety for ages 10-14 and 15-18.

  • December 9, 2014
    Strengthening the AAPI Community Through New Bullying Prevention Efforts
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post illustrates the prevalence of bullying among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth and the work of the AAPI Bullying Prevention Task Force to proactively address bullying in the AAPI community. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Commissioned as part of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Defending Childhood initiative, this report from the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence provides recommendations to address the impact of violence on tribal youth (PDF, 258 pages) through trauma-informed and culturally appropriate programs and services. Learn more (PDF, 258 pages).

  • December 9, 2014
    Kicking Off the Conversation with WHIAAPI’s Young Leaders Dialogue on Education
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    On October 30, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held its first Young Leaders Dialogue (YLD) Google+ Hangout on Education. The first YLD focused on education, and more than 500 students and professionals RSVP’d and attended watch parties. Small group discussions that focused on the needs of various campuses and communities were also held. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Take Action Today: School Nurses Strive to Build Positive School Climates
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    This blog post discusses how two school nurses from Delaware contributed to their schools’ efforts to reduce bullying, and it highlights the role of nurses in promoting a positive school climate. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors — United States, 2005-2013
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    This report contains data obtained from 17 CDC surveys or surveillance systems, including the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, and three non-CDC sources that provide an overview of the nation's health. Data related to obesity, exercise, tobacco use, and childbirth among youth are included. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity
    Agencies/Departments: The White House Council on Women and Girls

    “Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity” (PDF, 54 pages) highlights the work the Obama Administration has done to reduce barriers for women and girls of color and to promote their success in a number of areas, including education, health, and economic security. Learn more (PDF, 54 pages). 

  • December 9, 2014
    HIV Treatment Works
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The HIV Treatment Works campaign aims to illustrate how people living with HIV can live long, healthy lives through treatment. The goal of the campaign is to encourage people living with HIV to get into care, take HIV medications, stay in care, and adhere to treatment. Learn more.

  • December 9, 2014
    Robbing the Future: Smoking and Youth
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    A new video, “Robbing the Future,” explores the various ways the tobacco industry targets young people, as well as the growing popularity of products like e-cigarettes and the dangers associated with their use. An accompanying fact sheet (PDF, 2 pages) includes information about the health effects of tobacco use, e-cigarettes, and secondhand smoke among youth and young adults, and the ways in which cigarettes are marketed to young people. 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
    Reach Higher Challenges
    Agencies/Departments: The White House

    First Lady Michelle Obama announced two commencement challenges as part of her Reach Higher Initiative, which encourages students to complete their education past high school. Schools are invited to create video submissions that capture their efforts to make attending and completing college a reality for all students. Finalists could have the opportunity to hear from the First Lady at their commencement ceremonies.

    • Near Peer Mentoring College Challenge
      Submission Deadline: February 27, 2015
      First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging college students, teachers, counselors, and administrators to participate in the Near-Peer Mentoring College Challenge by sharing how they open up their campuses to students who don’t always envision themselves attending college through near-peer mentoring. Near-peer mentoring can take many forms, including hosting high school students on college campuses, university students visiting high schools, or engaging alumni in sharing information about their colleges with students in their communities. Learn more.

    • FAFSA Completion Challenge
    • Submission Dates: January 1-March 16, 2015
      The First Lady is calling on high school seniors to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting on January 1 and for schools to show how their school is taking action to increase completion rates. Winning videos will be selected based on creativity and the school’s FAFSA completion growth rate. 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 27, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: National Disaster Resilience Competition
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2015
    States and counties that experienced major disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to apply for the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Funded by HUD, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, this funding competition (PDF, 7 pages) promotes risk assessment and planning and will provide funds for the implementation of innovative resilience projects to help communities better prepare for future storms or other extreme adverse events. Learn more (PDF, 7 pages). 

  • 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 29, 2014
    National Drug Facts Week Dates Announced
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    Dates: January 26 - February 1, 2015
    National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is an annual opportunity for communities to hold events that aim to educate young people and shatter myths about drugs. NIDA offers an online guide that can help communities plan and host NDFW events, and the NIDA for Teens website features online resources for students related to drugs and neuroscience. 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 15, 2014
    Applications Available: OAH Unpaid Graduate Student Internship Program
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    OAH is seeking applicants for the OAH Unpaid Graduate Student Internship Program (PDF, 4 pages) for fall 2014, winter 2014-2015, and summer 2015. Interns will work across three divisions, under the guidance of senior OAH staff, assisting with meaningful projects relevant to their area of interest and level of experience. Tasks may include working on policy papers, research briefs, literature reviews, reports, website content, meetings, and events. All interns will be expected to complete a project related to their area of interest and provide a final presentation to OAH that highlights the work they have done. Application deadlines: fall, July 21, 2014; winter, November 3, 2014; summer, March 2, 2015. Learn more (PDF, 4 pages). 

  • 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.