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…

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…

Infographic Thursday: The United States of Aging

Today, we’re happy to be sharing three infographics, and they come from the  National Council on Aging, a member of the National Human Services Assembly. The infographics summarize some findings from NCOA’s new report, “The United States of Aging Survey Results 2014,” which explores different perspectives on aging preparedness. The report places emphasis on analyzing responses specifically from low-income seniors and socially-isolated…

15 Policies That Can Improve the Mental Health of All Children

A new report from Child Trends, Are the Children Well?, argues that it’s time to change and improve the way we address the mental health of young people. Instead of focusing policy and practice on mental health illnesses, results of evidence-based strategies show that promoting wellness, prevention, and flourishing improves the mental health wellness of all…

Infographic Thursday: Communities In Schools

For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Its mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The infographic below shows the model that Communities In Schools uses in order to…

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

by Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly. Originally published in the Huffington Post. ALL KIDS come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let’s not exclude kids with disabilities–they have these assets as…

Cardboard Stories: Rethink Homelessness

How many of you walked by a ‪‎homeless person this morning? The video below challenges you to rethink your assumptions about their lives. One of the National Human Services Assembly’s members, the National Network for Youth, is committed to advocating at the federal level to educate the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth. They are a…