Join us: Creating an Opportunity Agenda for America

You’re in the fight every day, but on September 30, we invite you to join us and other state, local, and national level human services professionals and advocates to talk poverty and collective impact! Let’s create a vision for opportunity in America that encompasses the work we do. While over 52 million Americans are actively…

National Urban League and African American College Success

by Justin Bigelow, Policy Associate National Human Services Assembly On Tuesday night, the National Urban League hosted “#MamaIMadeIt: College Success for African Americans.” As a town hall style meeting with students and experts in the education and policy fields, the event sought to highlight the successes and challenges of increasing African American participation in higher…

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…

Infographic Thursday: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive

What are the supports and opportunities we can provide to teen parents in order to allow them to raise healthy children, strengthen their economic well-being, and build strong families? Today’s infographic was created by the Healthy Teen Network and illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up and building a healthy family. The reason why the…

The Sister of Second Chances: A Two-Generation Approach

In a given year, just over 100,000 women serve time in state or federal prison, and most of them have children under 18, reports John Leland in “The Sister of Second Chances,” for the New York Times. So how can we support these women and their children? The article profiles a two-generational approach led by…

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…