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Culturally Responsive Mentoring for Youth of Color
The topic of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) is often sensationalized, full of misinformation about who is impacted, and the complexities of how CSE often occurs. One simple explanation is that CSE is the exploitation of vulnerability. CSE is enabled and reinforced by oppression, prejudice, and inequality. Culturally responsive mentoring relationships can act as a buffer in preventing CSE in youth of color. Read more in the latest release from the Shining Light on Commercial Sexual Exploitation Toolkit and check out this blog post by one of our YCT consultants.
Youth Usually Experience Homelessness in Their Teens but the Path Starts Long Before
The headline above is one of the big takeaways from a recent report by University of Chicago-based Chapin Hall, a research group that interviewed young people around the country about their experience with homelessness. "The vast majority of the young people we surveyed had experienced trauma and instability at a young age, whether it was entering the foster care system or losing a parent," said Chapin Hall Executive Director Bryan Samuels. "The results reveal clear moments when child welfare officials and social services agencies can intervene to prevent youth homelessness from happening in the first place."
New York City Chips In $10 Million to Pair Older Foster Youth with Life Coaches Through Age 26
A foundation-funded advocacy push to provide full-time life coaches to New York City foster youth has secured an initial investment in next year's budget. Since winter, the Fair Futures campaign has called for adding $50 million to the 2020 budget for new personnel to improve support for all foster youth, especially those who have or soon will age out of the system. The nearly $93 billion budget agreement announced this month includes $10 million to partially rollout the new program, in line with an April proposal from City Council in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's first budget pitch.
HUD Invites Comment on Proposed Changes for "Mixed Status" Families
On May 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule change that would no longer allow "mixed-status" families – households with both documented and undocumented members – to qualify for federal housing assistance based on their immigration status. This proposed rule would force families out of public housing and Section 8 programs, effectively spurring homelessness, forced family breakups, and/or loss of housing assistance.
From now until July 9, you can submit a comment to HUD to oppose this proposed rule, which could lead to eviction for more than 100,000 people in HUD-assisted housing.
House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act: A Victory for Immigrants, Families, and the Nation
The June 4th Tuesday's passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) by the U.S. House of Representatives in a bi-partisan vote of 237 to 187 is an important victory for more than 2 million Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The bill addresses the crisis created when it terminated protections for immigrants and their families who have deep roots in their communities across the nation. The legislation is a critical step forward to help stabilize the lives of immigrants and families by providing an accessible and inclusive pathway to citizenship.
Fact Sheet: Older Youth Need Support Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood
A new fact sheet outlines legislation aimed at supporting older youth in foster care via services such as independent living supports and extended foster care. Compared to older youth who exited foster care after age 18, youth in extended foster care at ages 19 and 21 are more likely to be employed, be in school, avoid homelessness, and delay parenthood.
Beyond Pride Month: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Having Pride Year Round
As we close out the 50th Anniversary of LGBT Pride Month, we reflect on the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising against police harassment and the ongoing fight for equity. Many pride events are held during this month to recognize and celebrate the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world. Though June marks a shared opportunity worldwide, the work of building safe, inclusive communities is ongoing. Each of us has something to bring to this effort. Here are just a few selections of information and resources to support us.
Conversations about Masculinity: How Mentors Can Support Young Men of Color is a research-backed and youth-informed guide to unpack the timely and critical topic of toxic masculinity. Our collective understanding of gender is evolving, and how we understand masculinity is evolving with it. With this guide, mentoring programs, practitioners, and mentors can reflect on their experiences, biases, and assumptions to more effectively leverage their strengths and the power of mentoring to support young people. The guide provides practical tips to support the development of relationships that encourage young men to explore expressions of masculinity to serve healthy decision making, self-development, and care for others.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its first KIDS COUNT® Data Book in 1990 and its 30th edition today. Considered together, these two publications tell a story of remarkable change — and growth. America's child population has increased in size (from 64.2 million in 1990 to 73.7 million kids in 2017) and diversity (with kids of color jumping from 31% to 47% of all kids). The current edition found that despite improvements in eleven of the sixteen indicators the study uses to measure child well-being in four areas — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community — racial/ethnic disparities remained.
Nonprofit Executives and the Racial Leadership Gap: A Race to Lead
A recent brief released by the Building Movement Project explores the gaps between executive leaders of color and white leaders and compares nonprofit executives to respondents in staff positions. While nonprofit executives often have difficult jobs regardless of their race, the challenges and burdens that may appear universal at first glance are often compounded by race and other features of identity.
A report from Fidelity Charitable finds that millennial entrepreneurs tend to give and volunteer at higher levels than older entrepreneurs. According to the report, Entrepreneurs as Philanthropists, younger entrepreneurs tend to have a different approach to business and philanthropy than those in Generation X and boomers, with more than 80 percent of millennial business owners saying that giving is a very important activity in their lives, compared to 57 percent of Gen Xers and 48 percent of boomers.
The National Mentoring Resource Center has launched their NMRC's first podcast series, Reflections on Research, which offers interviews with leading researchers and scholars about their youth mentoring research and how practitioners can use that information to improve their work with volunteers and youth.