Fashioning Solutions for a Displaced Population NN4Y Salutes Angela Luna If you’re thinking about how to turn your passion for something you love to do into a catalyst for social change - think of Angela Luna. While a student at The New School’s Parsons School of Design, Angela, the CEO of Adiff, came up with [...]
Food Fight: Using Food to Heal, Unite and Rebuild NN4Y Salutes Robert Egger This month we are honoring the efforts of Robert Egger, the founder of L.A. Kitchen. Robert has committed himself to the tremendous undertaking of recovering food that would otherwise be wasted to feed and employ those that are often the most forgotten [...]
How Engaged Students Become Innovative Leaders NN4Y Salutes Y2Y’s Sam & Sarah Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz are the co-founders of Y2Y Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Y2Y Harvard Square is the nation’s first student-run overnight shelter. It employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. This [...]
Public Schools Reported More Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness in 2015-2016. Is This Good News?
Public Schools Reported More Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness in 2015-2016. Is This Good News? By Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection, and Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth Preliminary data[i] released by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) last month indicate a significant jump in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY) reported [...]
Greetings NN4Y Members, Melinda Giovengo, Chair of the National Network for Youth and CEO of YouthCare Hello from Seattle! This is Melinda Giovengo, PhD. – the CEO of YouthCare. Two weeks ago, I had the deep honor of being elected as the incoming Chairperson of the National Network for Youth’s Board of Directors. [...]
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is conducting their 2017 annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count this January. HUD has declared 2017 as the baseline year for youth and young adult homelessness but what does that mean for young people and the programs serving them? According to HUD, 2017 will be the year that [...]
Daybreak, Inc., was founded in 1975 to operate a shelter for runaway and homeless children serving Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas. In the decades that followed, the organization took on additional challenges related to youth experiencing homelessness, including the creation of a program that subsidized apartments in the community for young adults. By 2002, Daybreak [...]
The toughest job you’ll ever love: shedding light on the programs for runaway and homeless youth (part II)
In a recent blog post we began to describe a research study we are conducting to address an important, but complex, question, namely, how do we know whether the settings that provide services to runaway and homeless youth (RHY) make a difference in youths’ lives? photo credit: Lucky S. Michaels To continue this conversation, [...]
The toughest job you’ll ever love: shedding light on the programs for runaway and homeless youth (part I)
A few years ago my colleague, James Bolas, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Homeless Youth (http://www.nychy.org), told me there were rumblings that suggested RHY programs had not sufficiently demonstrated whether and how they affect the lives of the young people they serve. In fact, while there is some research on specific programs and [...]
WASHINGTON, DC – On March 19 thru March 20, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) will convene its second annual National Summit on Youth Homelessness in Washington, DC. This comes at a point in time when there is considerable national and federal interest in prioritizing youth-appropriate policies and increasing commonsense investment in homeless youth services. In response, the Network organized this two-day event to highlight the urgent and unique needs of homeless youth in America and to outline the federal response required to address these needs. Former homeless youth, service providers, advocates from across the United States will attend and participate in this Summit. Also, Members of U.S. Congress and federal agency staff will be featured prominently as both speakers and presenters.