News and Advocacy Alerts

Remembering Jim Braun

NSPN takes this time to acknowledge the passing of a longtime friend of the Network, Jim Braun. Jim served as a member of the NSPN Board of Directors and received the lifetime achievement award from the Network in 2012. He was the first to think out of the box and to challenge those around him to do more, give more, and to believe more. Jim’s smile, enthusiasm, and courage in the face of pancreatic cancer reminds us all that kindness and bravery go a long way. Jim is survived by his wife Pam, as well as his sons and their families. Excerpts from the published obituary follow:

James A. (Jim) Braun, former president and CEO of Youth In Need, a youth and family services organization serving more than 20,000 individuals and families in six eastern Missouri counties, passed away peacefully at home Friday, December 22, 2017 at the age of 69. Jim served as president and CEO of Youth in Need from 1988 until his retirement in 2012. Under his tenure the organization’s budget grew from $500,000 to $17 million and the number of children and families served increased from 350 to 10,000. Jim’s resolve to nurture the health and well-being of children and families was embodied in the care, devotion, and love he continually showed to his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.

Jim’s greatest legacy will be the example he set for all who encountered him in how to live life openly and face death gracefully. As he stated in his own words, “My hope is that when people remember me, they will be reminded of their own mortality, take time to cherish and nurture the relationships in their lives, and be mindful to provide kind thoughts, prayers and meaningful actions to those that struggle without the advantage of loving family and friends.”

In lieu of flowers, please donate to or the charity of your choice.


Prepare for MLK Day: An Opportunity to Talk About Society, Hope, and Action

In 2017, some of the ugliest legacies of our national history emerged from shadows into the light. White supremacist rallies and marches spread hate and violence in communities across the country.  People are talking about that, which is good.  People need to talk about that. People also need to talk, and take action, about institutional racism and policies that promote oppression and inequality.  January 15th is marked as a day we acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the American Civil Rights Movement. This is an opportunity to talk with young people about social injustice, civil disobedience, peaceful protest, service to others, hope, and action. It can be hard to know where to start. Here are some resources that can help:

From Counseling Today, strategies for facilitating racial dialogues:

From the YWCA of Madison Wisconsin, a Race to Equity conversation toolkit:


National Safe Place Network Selected as Operator of RHYTTAC

NSPN is proud to announce its continued service to the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees for another three years through the operation of RHYTTAC.  NSPN is committed to providing up-to-date promising practices to help support youth organizations across the country as they work to provide safety and permanency, and to improve the social and emotional well-being of runaway, homeless, and street youth. NSPN's dedication to FYSB and RHY grantees will foster capacity building that will result in continued enhancement of services for youth and families.

Thank you for allowing NSPN to serve you. We're honored to be a part of your efforts to keep young people safe. Together we can.


Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program (SOP) for runaway and homeless youth. The purpose of the SOP is to provide prevention and intervention services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on July 11, 2017. Please note the 60-day response period for applying for these funds.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-YO-1241

Application Due Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Read the SOP funding opportunity announcement here:

Don't forget - NSPN is here to help. Organization Development members may sign up for grant support and review services now at: 

An overview and preparation webinar will be released to NSPN members with the Organizational Development package on Tuesday, May 30. Weekly support calls will begin on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Please contact April Carthorn at [email protected] to verify access to these benefits and to receive information regarding the weekly calls and other support services. Don't have the Organizational Development package? Learn more and sign up today:

NSPN is proud to provide benefits exclusively to our members. NSPN does not offer benefits as fee-for-service. You have made NSPN your network, and we are committed to meeting your needs. If you would like to verify your membership status or add the Organizational Development package, contact your membership team at [email protected].

Watch for more NSPN "Gearing up for Grants" emails. You may also visit and contact us at [email protected] if you have questions.


NSPN Accepts Nominations for National Advisory Board

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is accepting nominations for the Network's National Advisory Board. These volunteer positions are critical to helping NSPN create awareness, expand services, and provide leadership to work toward our vision - a world in which all youth are safe. NSPN members and licensed Safe Place agencies will select participants of the NSPN Advisory Board via a national vote. If you or someone you know meets the following criteria - we encourage you to submit a nomination form. Together we can make a positive difference in the lives of youth.

NSPN is seeking Advisory Board participants who:

  • Are passionate about meeting the needs of youth and families;
  • Have innovative ideas;
  • Want to enhance our national collaboration for youth;
  • Can commit to participate in committee activities via teleconference and e-mail; and,
  • Can commit to attend 2 national meetings per year.

Advisory Board members serve on a committee and commit to participate in activities related to one or more task areas within the committee. The committees include Expansion, Marketing and Communications, and Leadership.


The Expansion committee is tasked with contributions toward increasing the footprint of NSPN and its programs. Focus is on broad based efforts to grow the Network and to expand the impact of NSPN initiatives.

Task areas:

  • Membership - Delivery and development of services and products locally and nationally
  • Safe Place -  Creating new models and methods of connecting with all youth so no matter where the youth turns, help is available
  • Service Partnerships - Identification and recruitment of like-minded organizations to share ideas, resources, and activities for quality service delivery

Staff support: April Carthorn and Susan Harmon

Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications committee is tasked with increasing the brand awareness and understanding of NSPN programs and services. Raises awareness through targeted media outlets and engage at local, state, and national levels to ensure youth safety.

Task areas:

  • Develop marketing tools/templates—capacity building for agencies
  • Target various audiences for messaging related to NSPN programs
  • Website review and social media feedback

Staff Support:  Hillary Ladig and Elizabeth Smith Miller


The Leadership committee is tasked with increasing the strategic position and national impact of NSPN as a leader in the field of youth and family services.

Task areas:

  • Advocacy issues as related to national policy
  • Research and issue brief efforts
  • Evidence-based and evidence-informed efforts to include national registry
  • National partnerships in the development of new initiatives (human trafficking, suicide prevention, etc.)

Staff Support: Shauna Brooks and Tammy Hopper

*Please note: The Leadership committee is full for the 2017/2018 service year.  Please consider the Marketing and Communication or the Expansion Committee.  If you would like to discuss which committee might be the best fit, please contact NSPN at [email protected].

If you're interested in serving on the NSPN Advisory Board but do not have support from your agency or employer for travel costs, you may also wish to consider sharing your expertise by joining an ad-hoc committee for a specific project. If you'd like to be considered as an ad-hoc committee member, please let us know at [email protected].

Please click here to access the 2017 NSPN Advisory Board Nomination form:

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, May 12, 2017.

For more information, reach out to [email protected] with the subject line "NSPN Advisory Board."

To view a list of current NSPN Advisory Board participants, please click here:

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