Innovation Circles: "Striving for Cultural Excellence"

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is launching its fourth edition of Innovation Circles. This project brings together groups of colleagues to discuss issues of significance across the youth and family services field. The 2017 Innovation Circles topic is "Striving for Cultural Excellence."

Do all youth and families feel welcome in your organization? How do they know your services are safe and geared toward their unique needs? Is difference valued or merely tolerated? The need for organizations to review all services through a lens of cultural excellence and accountability is present and growing. The success of services for youth and families is limited when the target population of services does not trust or feel welcome and safe during engagement.

This project brings together "circles" of individuals with similar roles to discuss the topic and to contribute to a national review of what programs are or aren't doing to positively impact youth and families. To learn more or apply to participate, click here.

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Are you Gearing Up for Grants?

Last year, the Network launched an annual Gearing Up for Grants email series.  This series includes tips on getting prepared, writing grant proposals, understanding the review process, and handling the stress once your proposal has been submitted. The 2017 series has started! If you're not signed up to receive this series, subscribe today at  You may also check out previously published Gearing Up for Grants emails at

NSPN Offering Internship Opportunities

NSPN is now accepting resumes for four internship positions! You're invited to apply for an internship with Safe Place, a community-based program providing a safety-net for all youth in crisis, and NSPN Membership, the leading membership association of youth and family service organizations with 40 years of training and technical assistance excellence. Learn more at:

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