News and Advocacy Alerts

National Safe Place Network Selected as Operator of RHYTTAC

NSPN is proud to announce its continued service to the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees for another three years through the operation of RHYTTAC.  NSPN is committed to providing up-to-date promising practices to help support youth organizations across the country as they work to provide safety and permanency, and to improve the social and emotional well-being of runaway, homeless, and street youth. NSPN's dedication to FYSB and RHY grantees will foster capacity building that will result in continued enhancement of services for youth and families.

Thank you for allowing NSPN to serve you. We're honored to be a part of your efforts to keep young people safe. Together we can.


Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program (SOP) for runaway and homeless youth. The purpose of the SOP is to provide prevention and intervention services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on July 11, 2017. Please note the 60-day response period for applying for these funds.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-YO-1241

Application Due Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Read the SOP funding opportunity announcement here:

Don't forget - NSPN is here to help. Organization Development members may sign up for grant support and review services now at: 

An overview and preparation webinar will be released to NSPN members with the Organizational Development package on Tuesday, May 30. Weekly support calls will begin on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Please contact April Carthorn at [email protected] to verify access to these benefits and to receive information regarding the weekly calls and other support services. Don't have the Organizational Development package? Learn more and sign up today:

NSPN is proud to provide benefits exclusively to our members. NSPN does not offer benefits as fee-for-service. You have made NSPN your network, and we are committed to meeting your needs. If you would like to verify your membership status or add the Organizational Development package, contact your membership team at [email protected].

Watch for more NSPN "Gearing up for Grants" emails. You may also visit and contact us at [email protected] if you have questions.


NSPN Accepts Nominations for National Advisory Board

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is accepting nominations for the Network's National Advisory Board. These volunteer positions are critical to helping NSPN create awareness, expand services, and provide leadership to work toward our vision - a world in which all youth are safe. NSPN members and licensed Safe Place agencies will select participants of the NSPN Advisory Board via a national vote. If you or someone you know meets the following criteria - we encourage you to submit a nomination form. Together we can make a positive difference in the lives of youth.

NSPN is seeking Advisory Board participants who:

  • Are passionate about meeting the needs of youth and families;
  • Have innovative ideas;
  • Want to enhance our national collaboration for youth;
  • Can commit to participate in committee activities via teleconference and e-mail; and,
  • Can commit to attend 2 national meetings per year.

Advisory Board members serve on a committee and commit to participate in activities related to one or more task areas within the committee. The committees include Expansion, Marketing and Communications, and Leadership.


The Expansion committee is tasked with contributions toward increasing the footprint of NSPN and its programs. Focus is on broad based efforts to grow the Network and to expand the impact of NSPN initiatives.

Task areas:

  • Membership - Delivery and development of services and products locally and nationally
  • Safe Place -  Creating new models and methods of connecting with all youth so no matter where the youth turns, help is available
  • Service Partnerships - Identification and recruitment of like-minded organizations to share ideas, resources, and activities for quality service delivery

Staff support: April Carthorn and Susan Harmon

Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications committee is tasked with increasing the brand awareness and understanding of NSPN programs and services. Raises awareness through targeted media outlets and engage at local, state, and national levels to ensure youth safety.

Task areas:

  • Develop marketing tools/templates—capacity building for agencies
  • Target various audiences for messaging related to NSPN programs
  • Website review and social media feedback

Staff Support:  Hillary Ladig and Elizabeth Smith Miller


The Leadership committee is tasked with increasing the strategic position and national impact of NSPN as a leader in the field of youth and family services.

Task areas:

  • Advocacy issues as related to national policy
  • Research and issue brief efforts
  • Evidence-based and evidence-informed efforts to include national registry
  • National partnerships in the development of new initiatives (human trafficking, suicide prevention, etc.)

Staff Support: Shauna Brooks and Tammy Hopper

*Please note: The Leadership committee is full for the 2017/2018 service year.  Please consider the Marketing and Communication or the Expansion Committee.  If you would like to discuss which committee might be the best fit, please contact NSPN at [email protected].

If you're interested in serving on the NSPN Advisory Board but do not have support from your agency or employer for travel costs, you may also wish to consider sharing your expertise by joining an ad-hoc committee for a specific project. If you'd like to be considered as an ad-hoc committee member, please let us know at [email protected].

Please click here to access the 2017 NSPN Advisory Board Nomination form:

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, May 12, 2017.

For more information, reach out to [email protected] with the subject line "NSPN Advisory Board."

To view a list of current NSPN Advisory Board participants, please click here:


Advocacy Alert: Budget Blueprint - Dramatic Shifts in National Investment Priorities

The Executive Office of Management and Budget released "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again" on March 16, calling for dramatic shifts in our national investment priorities. This proposal includes spending cuts that directly target the youth and family services field, including Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  

More information about the proposed changes is available here:

The full document is available here

Congress determines how taxpayer funds are actually invested, and they have to vote by April 28.  It is absolutely critical that we educate our legislators about the value of our work and the consequences of funding loss to services for youth and families. Engaging family, friends, partners, youth and other community members in advocacy will strengthen our collective voice as well!

Tips on effective communication about human services are available here

In addition to contacting your own Senator and Representatives, you can reach out to members of congressional appropriations committees to share your knowledge about the importance of federal investments in youth and families. Each chamber also has a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Committee members and contact information can be found via the links below:


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NSPN Offering Internship Opportunities

NSPN is now accepting resumes for two internship positions! You're invited to apply for an internship with Safe Place, a community-based program providing a safety net for all youth in crisis, and NSPN Membership, the leading membership association of youth and family service organizations with 40 years of training and technical assistance excellence.
Open internship positions include:

For more information on all internship positions or to submit your resume, please email [email protected]
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