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.
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.
Liz Marks shares how her accident from texting while driving changed her life. Learn more.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The flash drive includes interactive videos, fact sheets, the PEERx Activity Guide, and other educational resources. Learn more about NIDA’s resources for teens.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
“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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
“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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or tweet questions using hashtag #jovenesempresarios. No registration is needed to participate. Learn more. Aprender más.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
OAH will now use the hashtag #OAHPicks to highlight updates on new infographics related to the topic of adolescent health. Learn more.
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.
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.
FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.