RHY News

Enrolling Children and Young Families Experiencing Homelessness in Early Head Start

Building strong working relationships with community partners is key to supporting children and families experiencing homelessness. Early Head Start (EHS) programs can prioritize enrollment for pregnant and parenting young families by building partnerships with local Maternity Group Homes (MGHs). For EHS programs with a local MGH in the area, these partnerships increase critical supports to young families experiencing homelessness.

In this webinar, learn about the MGH program, funded by the Administration for Children and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau. Discover how one MGH and EHS program are working together to serve the needs of pregnant and parenting youth.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Learning about the MGH program and ways to enroll more children and young families experiencing homelessness
  • Discovering the challenges and unique needs of young families experiencing homelessness
  • Educating staff about reducing the stigma of homelessness and providing trauma-informed approaches to young families and their children experiencing homelessness

Target Audience:

  • EHS and Head Start directors, managers, and parent leaders
  • MGH program directors, managers, and staff
  • Training and Technical Assistance providers
  • Other early childhood leaders who support children and their families

When:  Wednesday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Register at: https://bit.ly/2RxPqBm

 

FYSB Announces a New Job Opportunity: Supervisory Adolescent Development Program Specialist

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now hiring a Supervisory Adolescent Development Program Specialist. This position is located in Washington, DC.

*This announcement will remain open until September 25, 2020 OR until 75 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.*

Responsibilities include the following:
*Please see full job announcements for additional details.

  • Serving as the Director to the Division for Optimal Adolescent Development (DOAD) as key advisor on technical resources with considerable program authority and accountability for management, both technical and administrative of the division.
  • Ensuring that assigned programs are operating effectively and are in compliance with Federal laws and regulations and is responsible for financial oversight, planning, coordination and activities of staff.
  • Providing key management advice and assistance to grantees and pregnancy prevention youth serving professionals, organizations, the department and the general public concerning FYSB efforts and the department's youth initiatives.
  • Overseeing a variety of complex services, to include data collection, compilation, and analysis relative to the formulation of national policies for adolescent development programs, including the teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Open Date:  Monday, September 14, 2020
Close Date:  Friday, September 25, 2020

Click the following announcement link(s) to learn more about this employment opportunity, including conditions of employment, qualifications, salary range, and more:

 

Maintaining a Trauma-Informed Environment During a Crisis: Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Staff and Youth

The Family and Youth Services Bureau and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) invite you to attend a facilitated webinar, Maintaining a Trauma-Informed Environment During a Crisis: Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Staff and Youth, presented by Tia Roberts Hartsock of the University of Hawai’i. This webinar is an expanded version of the presentation delivered during a Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Town Hall on July 9. Participants will receive information on the critical relevance of trauma-informed care in a time of crisis and will have the opportunity to share promising practices and engage in a Q&A session.

When: Thursday, September 17, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Register for the webinar here.

The session will also be recorded and made available to all RHY grantees in RHYTTAC eLearning.
 

FYSB Announces a New Job Opportunity: Supervisory RHY Program Specialist

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now hiring a Supervisory Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Specialist. This position is located in Washington, DC.

*This announcement will remain open for 10 business days OR until the first 75 applications have been received, whichever occurs first*

Responsibilities

  • Serving as the Director to the Division and a key advisor on technical resource with considerable program authority and accountability for management, both technical and administrative of the division.
  • Providing program planning, developing and implementing policy and regulations regarding funding and management and providing oversight for data analysis.
  • Formulating comprehensive program plans and strategies to accomplish agency goals and objectives for the program area(s) assigned.
  • Ensuring that assigned programs are operating effectively and are in compliance with Federal laws and regulations and is responsible for financial oversight, planning, coordination and activities of staff.
  • Providing key management advice and assistance to grantees and youth serving professionals, organizations, the department and the general public concerning FYSB efforts and the department's youth initiatives.
  • Supervising and providing leadership and direction in policy development, responding to requests for policy clarification, and analyzing the implementation of FYSB's authorizing legislation.
  • Serving as an expert in budget formulation and execution for multiple program areas and analyzing the programmatic areas to develop policy, or programmatic recommendations for the improvement of at-risk youth and other youth related issues.
  • Serving as a national expert and senior advisor to the Associate Commissioner, Deputy Associate Commissioner, and the FYSB management team providing authoritative advice on highly complex issues affecting programs that support at-risk youth, vulnerable youth, and other youth related issues.

Open Date:  Monday, August 17, 2020
Close Date:  Friday, August 28, 2020

Click the following announcement link(s) to learn more about this employment opportunity, including conditions of employment, qualifications, salary range, and more:

 

Three Newly Updated Tip Sheets on the Exchange!

Three tip sheets—Disseminating Evaluation Results, How Adolescent Boys Learn: Tailoring Prevention Messages, and Engaging Young Men—have been updated and are now available on The Exchange!

  • Disseminating Evaluation Results – This tip sheet was originally created with the goal of guiding Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grantees through creating their own plan for dissemination. The updated resource prompts grantees to reflect on which project findings are appropriate to disseminate, who the intended audience should be, and which formats best present their findings. The updated tip sheet includes additional resources and examples of evaluation formats for grantees to reference as they develop their own dissemination plan.
  • How Adolescent Boys Learn: Tailoring Prevention Messages – Why focus an entire tip sheet on adolescent boys? The literature reveals that males often report receiving less health-related information, and male adolescents are often overlooked in curricula used for PREP programming. This tip sheet was originally written to address this gap, and to increase the capacity of those serving young men in their APP programming. Updates to the resource presents additional considerations on the impact of race and cultural viewpoints on perceptions of masculinity, the positive impact of male facilitators, and other topics.
  • Engaging Young Men – This tip sheet was also created with adolescent men in mind. Its focus is on helping facilitators increase engagement with the young men in their programs. Additional considerations in the update have been made to advocate for the role of male mentors in young men’s lives. Additionally, a table has been added that lists and summarizes innovative programs designed specifically for young men. 
Visit The Exchange! Your one-stop-shop for adolescent pregnancy prevention and sexual risk avoidance education resources from FYSB, including webinars, tip sheets, infographics, and more! Follow and share the youth-centered We Think Twice campaign on Instagram or Facebook.
 

Save the Date for an Upcoming Interactive Virtual Training

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) invite you to join the training, Connecting the Dots: Using Data to Measure Social Capital and Build Social Connections for Vulnerable Youth. 

This interactive training will discuss the latest research on social capital, as well as lessons from the field. Social capital refers to connections, networks, or relationships among people and the value that arises from them, and can be accessed or mobilized to help individuals succeed in life. Speakers will share resources and practical strategies to successfully capture data and integrate social capital in youth serving settings.

The training will feature professional insights from: 

  • Laura Erickson, Social Science Analyst, ASPE
  • Sofi Martinez, Social Science Analyst, ASPE
  • Anisha Chablani-Medley, Chief Program Officer, Roca, Inc.
WHEN: Thursday, August 20, 2020
TIME: 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT 
Register at:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/997923759000863246
 

Announcement for the 2020 National RHY Grantees Training

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) continues to monitor the national impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and we understand its effect on the runaway and homeless youth community. Based on current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have made the decision to pivot the National RHY Grantees’ Training 2020, to a completely virtual experience.

Your health and safety is of utmost importance and our top priority. Though our training event is still months away, the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and impact to our communities has led us to plan for a virtual experience this November in lieu of an in-person gathering. We believe this is the most responsible path forward to maintain safe conditions for our attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and the communities you serve.

This decision was not made lightly, as we know many depend on the training and networking opportunities the in-person training provides. We are in the early planning stages for rethinking and reshaping our typical training format. Rest assured we will bring you a virtual experience that is inclusive and reflects FYSB’s commitment to advancing best practices and bringing thoughtful and dynamic speakers and presenters to inspire and inform the work you do. The virtual experience will include opportunities to connect with other RHY providers from across the nation and will offer trainings on diverse topics. As we continue to plan we will share details and information as soon as it becomes available.

We would like to take this time to recognize the efforts of our planning members who have worked hard to create an in-person event for 2020. We are fortunate that we are able to make this decision early in our planning and we are excited to offer a virtual experience where even more RHY providers are able to participate.

We look forward to sharing the training schedule and registration details in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Center directly at (888) 290-7233 or email [email protected]

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Darling
Commissioner
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Acting Associate Commissioner
Family and Youth Services Bureau

This notification was disseminated to the RHYTTAC listserv on July 13, 2020. Download the letter from Commissioner Darling here.

 

Estimating the Prevalence and Probability of Homeless Youth

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) seeks research proposals for estimating the prevalence of homeless youth using existing sources of administrative data such as child welfare agencies, juvenile justice and correctional systems, schools, and hospitals. Up to $2 million will be awarded, with minimum funding of $400,000.  

To learn more information and to submit an application, please see the following:

The deadline to submit a proposal/application to HUD is July 1, 2020. Please contact Ophelia Wilson at [email protected] for any questions.

 

FYSB RHY Program Recruitment Notification

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is gearing up for its 2020 grant review season.  We will soon begin identifying qualified candidates to read, score, and evaluate grant applications in response to FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs anticipated Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).  Grant reviews are tentatively scheduled to be held between June and July 2020. 

Approved Reviewers will be invited to join virtual panel review teams that work remotely using secured web-based technology to evaluate federal grant applications. Reviewers will receive monetary compensation for the successful completion of an objective panel review period. 

The two FOAs across FYSB's RHY programs are listed below:   

Please note that reviewers will be selected for RHY’s National Communication System (NCS) and Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) grant reviews from the pool of responses to the BCP and SOP recruitment results.

Two recruitment flyers, for BCP and SOP, are provided for your review.  To be considered for participation as a FYSB grant reviewer for one or both of the RHY programs, please complete the following two steps:  

  1. Log into your Reviewer Registry Profile.
  2. Click on the “Sessions” tab within your profile and add the session code found on the flyer for the program which you are interested in participating in. 

Please Note:  If you are interested in both programs, both session codes may be added to your profile.

Completion of session registration is requested no later than COB on Friday, May 22nd, 2020.  Please monitor your email for informational updates. For more information please email [email protected].

 

Employment Opportunities with the Family and Youth Services Bureau and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in Washington, DC

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American. At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY) is hiring two Youth Services Program Specialists in Washington, DC.  Duties include, but are not limited to, providing advice and assistance to RHY grantees and youth serving professionals and organization and serving as a project officer for FYSB discretionary grants including training and technical assistance grants/cooperative agreements and contracts.

Open Date: April 27, 2020
Close Date: May 8, 2020
*Open to 75 applications and may close sooner.

To learn more and/or submit an application, please visit the following postings:

*https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/566591800   (DE)
 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/566591900   (MP)

 
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