Who operates RHYTTAC?

RHYTTAC is operated by National Safe Place Network (NSPN). This organization was competitively selected by FYSB to provide tools, technical assistance, training, and information on all RHY topics. NSPN is a national non-profit whose mission is to ensure an effective system of response for youth in crisis through public and private partnerships at a local, state, and national level. NSPN has been partnering with local agencies, many of whom are runaway and homeless youth grantees, for more than 40 years. NSPN offers programs including NSPN Membership, Safe Place®, and HTR3. NSPN Membership provides an array of services tailored to meet youth-service agency needs in the most cost-efficient manner. Safe Place is an outreach and prevention program for youth in need of help and safety. NSPN works to expand the safety net for youth through a network of licensed agencies that operate the Safe Place program throughout the U.S. Through HTR3, NSPN provides training for youth service providers to help improve their work with survivors of human trafficking. NSPN created this human trafficking framework to support initiatives focused on recognition, respect, and response.

NSPN is proud to collaborate with its national RHY grant partners, American Institutes for Research (AIR), Youth Catalytics, and University of Tennessee’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS).

AIR is one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Their mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people’s lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. They have a commitment to diversity which goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in their strategy, operations, and work environment.

Youth Catalytics is a nonprofit training and research organization that supports and advances positive youth development in communities across the country. Their mission is to improve life chances for young people by building the capacity of youth-serving organizations, driving innovation in social services and communities, and creating and disseminating new knowledge and tools. Their interests and expertise extend to many different subpopulations including disconnected and at-risk youth, pregnant and parenting teens, LGBTQ youth, and youth marginalized by poverty. They are driven by innovation, collaboration, and action.

UT SWORPS serves clients on local, state, and national levels ranging from the Knoxville Police Department to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). SWORPS provides needs assessment, program evaluation, TA, research services, software application design and deployment, and other resources to human service agencies. NSPN’s relationship with UT SWORPS will bring to bear not only their research expertise, but also access to more than 700 online databases of scholarly publications available through UT libraries. UT SWORPS is a returning NSPN partner to RHYTTAC and will be responsible for assisting NSPN with data collection, creation of impact studies, reports from evaluation data, and analysis of the annual grantee assessment.