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…

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…

The Mentoring Effect

On January 13, 2014, MENTOR, a member of the National Human Services Assembly, released their report, The Mentoring Effect, which analyzes young people’s perspectives on the outcomes and availability of mentoring. Mentoring programs can be both formal and informal, but both have lasting impacts on youth. Formal mentoring programs are more structured, and tend to…

Proven Results: Healthy, Successful Kids!

Among the millions of children in our  neighborhoods, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles cause serious health problems, lead to social and psychological problems, and limit academic achievement. Childhood obesity now ranks as the #1 health concern for children and young people in the United States. Tackling childhood obesity isn’t as simple as changing what they…

Expanded Learning Opportunities and Community Schools

How do community schools use local partnerships to increase learning opportunities for youth? One of our members, Communities in Schools, released their report detailing how learning in schools is expanded through supplemental programs that benefit students. These “Expanded Learning Opportunities” take place before, after, and even during schools, providing programming that occurs both on and…

Poverty Stuck in Place: Should Zip Codes Determine Prosperity?

Should your zip code in the United States determine what opportunities your children and families have? Unfortunately, it does. The map above shows the distribution of children living in poverty within each county of the United States. Counties right next to each other have drastically different amount of children living below the poverty threshold. This…