Children’s Budget 2015 brings bad news: fewer investments in kids

By Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include traditional children’s initiatives like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). Every year, First Focus…

Watch: How Can Children Be Homeless in This Country?

On Thanksgiving Day, Dan Fuller, VP of Legislative Relations for Communities In Schools, talked with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about child homelessness. As Melvin pointed out, many people wonder, “How can children be homeless in this country?” According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1 in 30 American kids are homeless. That statistic means that…

Infographic Thursday: Homeless Youth & Sexual Violence

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and supporting the month’s aim to increase awareness about runaway prevention is becoming increasingly important. It is estimated that 2.5 Million children experience homelessness each year. That’s equal to 1 out of every 30 children. And as the infographic below shows, 550,000 young people are homeless for longer than…

Creating Healthy Cities for Children

What happens when community and human services organizations and Morgan Stanley team up to create research-driven, comprehensive programs to improve outcomes for children? The result is Healthy Cities, an innovative philanthropic program connecting local nonprofits, schools and hospitals to deliver the building blocks needed for a healthy childhood. Two national partners of Healthy Cities are…

Briefing on Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color

On June 11, 2014, join CLASP and their partners for a briefing on investing in boys and young men of color.  Hear from young men of promise and the adults who are invested in their educational, employment, and lifelong success. This briefing will highlight effective practices and policies that can close the gaps in education, employment, and…

Infographic Thursday: Accelerating Academics

This week’s infographic comes from the YMCA which has been a member of the National Human Services Assembly for most of NHSA’s 90 year history. Among many programs and services, the YMCA provides after-school programming for children and youth. Not only do after-school programs like the YMCA ensure the safety of children during unsupervised hours–preventing risky…

Rallying Congress to Safeguard Mentoring Funding

by Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations at MENTOR Congress is developing its budget and appropriations priorities for the fiscal year 2015 (FY15). It is critical that they hear from the mentoring community now about the importance of a strong funding commitment for the Youth Mentoring Grant program at the Office of Juvenile Justice and…

Ready by 21 State Policy Survey Report

Advocates, governors, and legislators now have a new resource to strengthen their state-level policy coordination for children and youth. The Ready by 21 State Policy Survey Report is the nation’s only survey of state child and youth coordinating bodies. More and More state leaders are calling for the creation of permanent cross-agency coordinating bodies to make…