The Journey to Reframe Human Services – Part 1: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going

By: Irv Katz, Bridget McCabe, Ilsa Flanagan National Human Services Assembly with appreciation to FrameWorks Institute  It is a journey, an apt metaphor, because even when we reach our destination—a new and more relevant frame for human needs and human services that is widely adopted by the field—there will be implementation and adjustment and refinement…

School Violence Prevention

via the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives Recent tragedies in schools have motivated policy-making that is attempting to put an end to senseless violence. However, reactionary legislation that focuses on school building safety (e.g., security guards, metal detectors, surveillance cameras) or exclusionary discipline (e.g., suspension, expulsion, arrest) may have limited effectiveness, and may…

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book is now available! The 25th edition of Casey’s annual report brings attention to the well-being of America’s children and examines how U.S. kids have fared since 1990. While the report notes gains in child health, safety and education since 1990, it also raises concerns about the development of children living in low-income…

Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour – A Moving Account of Alzheimer’s

by John Leonard for the National Human Services Assembly As part of its ongoing work with people with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers, Volunteers of America, a member of the National Human Services Assembly, is supporting the documentary feature film, “I’ll Be Me,” chronicling Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour. Three years ago, legendary musician Glen…

On the Radio: Reframing Human Services

Every once in a while you find yourself presented with a fun opportunity, and that’s exactly how Irv Katz found himself broadcasted over the radio in New York City last week. He was interviewed by Allison Sesso and Michelle Jackson for the Human Services Council’s “Human Services News & Views” radio show. It gave Irv…

Grandfamilies

Did you know 2.7 million children are raised solely by their grandparents–without their parents–and 7.8 million live in households headed by their grandparents? How do grandparents feel about raising their grandchildren while their peers are enjoying retirement and taking cruises? One said, “I cruise too. I cruise to school. I cruise to the doctor’s office. I…

Don’t Call Them Dropouts: A Look at the Youth Who Leave School

Forget everything you know about young people who don’t finish high-school, and that means leaving behind those preconceptions and assumptions you have about them. This is the premise of a new report, “Don’t call them Dropouts,” which surveyed youth in order to identify why students left school. “Fight the instinct to reach for quick solutions,” John…