No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Children’s Hungry Looks

by Justin Bigelow, Policy Associate National Human Services Assembly What has the power to feed 3 million children, improve nutrition over the summer months, and improve school attendance? Summer meals, naturally. On October 08, several NHSA members—including the Afterschool Alliance, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and YMCA of the USA—co-sponsored a briefing on summer…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Department of Education: Title IX Protects Trans Students

From GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education issued official guidance on April 29, 2014 which makes clear that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis…

What the Media Has Missed on the ACA: How it Helps Low-Income Young People Succeed in School, at Work, and as Parents

by Olivia Golden, Executive Director of CLASP. View the full commentary here. Earlier this month, President Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges; 28 percent (about 2.2 million) were between ages 18 and 34. Other young adults have gained coverage under the ACA…