Families Thrive Virtual: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for Children, Youth, and Families

The Youth in Focus collaborative is offering a multi-day, virtual, Families Thrive training. The training takes place three days a week between January 6 and February 19, 2021 and will feature a practitioner and training of trainers track. For more information, including schedules, materials needed, cost, and registration, visit www.yifocus.org/calendar/families-thrive-virtual2021

 

#2020Challenge

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) challenges you to join the #2020Challenge. Challenge 20 of your friends and family members to donate $20 to Safe Place® (at www.nationalsafeplace.org/give) before the end of 2020. Your gifts will help change the situations of young people who believe safety is not something they will ever have.

Why participate?

  • Youth need access to safety.
  • Safe Place has provided direct services to youth since 1983 – and we don’t want to stop now.
  • Your support is needed to continue providing support to ALL youth in crisis; your gift makes an actual difference.
  • You get to see how your donation is helping.
  • You live in or near a community that benefits from services of Safe Place®.
  • You most likely know someone who has been at risk and needs resources provided by Safe Place®.
  • You can benefit from a tax deduction since Safe Place® is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
  • Giving to support the safety of young people feels good.
  • Giving strengthens personal values and provides a great opportunity to teach the next generation the importance of
  • generosity.
  • Family giving creates a bond, helping to bolster relationships through a shared goal of making a positive impact.

Are you up for the challenge? Visit www.nationalsafeplace.org/2020-challenge-accepted for sample social media posts and start recruiting your friends and family today.

 

Student Enrollment in the Pandemic

60 Minutes recently ran a story that followed Laura Tucker, a McKinney-Vento liaison, as she tried to track down the more than 7,000 students in Hillsborough County, Florida, who did not return to school this Fall. There are students who have fallen through the cracks - like Kiara, who is unstably housed and could only use her phone to complete assignments. This issue is not limited to Florida. According to SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, compared to last year, 420,000 fewer young people experiencing homelessness have been identified and enrolled in schools during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Liaisons are doing the best they can, but there are needs not being met across the board hindering young people from receiving an education during this time. To read SchoolHouse Connection’s report, which includes recommendations for Congress, state and local agencies, relief agencies, and philanthropy, click here.

 

Re-imagining the Youth Justice System

Los Angeles County is reimagining the youth justice system. The county’s probation department will no longer house young people in detention halls and facilities – instead, the county is creating the Department of Youth Development. The Department of Youth Development seeks to “…design a restorative, health-focused, care-first youth justice system.” The groundwork for this shift was outlined in an October report released by The Youth Justice Work Group of Los Angeles County which can be read here.  An article about the changing system can be accessed here.

 

National Runaway Prevention Month 2020

November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). Spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline, NRPM is an awareness and prevention campaign that began in October 2002 when President George W. Bush’s hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children where leaders from across the country convened to discuss challenges related to runaway youth that our nation must face today.

Support NRPM through the following national events:

  • Facebook Profile Picture – November 1
  • Education Week – November 2 – 6
  • Twitter Chat and Resource Day – November 5at 3 PM ET
  • Wear Green Day – November 10
  • Light the Night Community Events – November 17
  • Prevention Roundtable – November 23
  • Youth Roundtable – November 30

For more information on NRPM, and to sign-up to become an NRPM partner, visit www.1800runaway.org.

 
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