RHY Resources

Study: “Vaping” is Up, Other Drug Use Declines in High Schools

An annual report from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research used data on 44,000 high school students to examine trends in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2017 to 2018. While data indicates that cigarette smoking and drinking declined, and marijuana use remained steady, use of e-cigarettes (or “vaping”) nearly doubled. Opioid misuse appears low in high schoolers, but builds among 18- to 24-year-olds, suggesting a need to target young adults for prevention efforts. Learn more about the study at








For Goodness Cakes Expanding to East Coast

The nonprofit For Goodness Cakes partners with volunteers and organizations serving disadvantaged youth (up to age 27) in order to provide home-baked cakes that celebrate the special moments in young people’s lives. In addition to chapters in AZ, CA and NM, the organization recently opened an office in Philadelphia, PA. RHY providers in these areas can apply online to become partners; those in other regions can encourage local “champions” to start a new chapter nearby. Submit a request or learn more about forming a new chapter at 



New Handbook on Rapid Re-housing for Youth

Point Source Youth recently released a comprehensive guide on using rapid re-housing approaches with youth. The handbook includes lessons learned by youth-serving organizations that employ the model, sample materials and planning tools, and discussion about how rapid re-housing approaches address social inequities. There is also a series of related video shorts on the organization’s website. RHY providers can use this information to expand existing programs, and explore new ways of engaging landlords in their own communities. Download the handbook at 




Planning for Re-entry with Young People Leaving Detention

This guide, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs, is written for young people who are preparing to re-enter their community after long stays in juvenile corrections or treatment centers. The report tells young people about some of the challenges they may face, and prompts them to identify strategies for finding housing, education, and employment. RHY providers can share this guide with young people before their release, or with RHY who have a history of juvenile detention.  Read the guide at




Free Webinars from National Center for Homeless Education

NCHE recently updated its calendar of live webinars scheduled for January-April 2019. Though a primary focus of these webinars is understanding young people’s rights and services under McKinney-Vento, the current list also includes sessions on overcoming barriers to college attendance for RHY, and how to know when “doubled up” meets or does not meet McKinney-Vento eligibility criteria. More information and registration at https://nche.ed.gov/group-training/



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