Get to Know a Grantee: Alternatives for Girls
We developed the Get to Know a Grantee questionnaire to illustrate the great variety of youth-serving FYSB grantees, to share their insights on the work that they do, and to inspire collaboration and the sharing of experiences and ideas. This month, we feature Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and explore opportunities to be safe, to grow strong, and to make positive choices in their lives.
Hepatitis A: Vigilance Needed for a Growing Problem
CDC is reporting widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A. Because people experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of becoming infected with the hepatitis A virus, it is now recommended that all persons aged 1 year and older experiencing homelessness receive the hepatitis A vaccine. Read more about hepatitis A and how to prevent it.
Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care
Whether it’s abuse, the consequences of living in poverty, a lack of empathy and support for their self-identity, or some combination of the three, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) often experience significant challenges to their happiness and well-being. Trauma-informed care can help RHY rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
New Fact Sheet a Pathfinder to Food Assistance Resources
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides direct food assistance to eligible individuals and families. A recent factsheet may help RHY program grantees and other organizations identify food assistance sources for their clients in need.
New Research Shows Impact of Opioid Epidemic on Child Welfare Services
After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, beginning in 2012, the number of children entering foster care began to rise.
Youth Speak Out: Making Youth Health 'A Personal Thing'
Two team members from Jacksonville’s Project S.O.S. program describe how their original play, "Live Like it Counts," has helped convey the benefits of healthy youth lifestyles and sexual abstinence to a larger audience.