News and Advocacy Alerts

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. All month, NSPN will be sharing resources on social media and NSPNsights, to raise awareness about bullying prevention and highlight the ways in which we work to create a world where all youth are safe. Additionally, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, which created National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006, has resources for youth and adults on bullying prevention.



Building Better Relationships with Youth: A Checklist for Reaching Out Virtually during COVID-19

The Search Institute has released a two-page checklist of simple outreach actions youth program workers can take to build better developmental relationships with young people when they can’t be with them in person. The checklist includes examples of how direct care workers can connect and support youth in five categories: expressing care, challenging growth, sharing power, and expanding possibilities.

Access the checklist here.

Running Away and Homelessness are Powerful Risk Factors for Sex Trafficking

A new article from Youth Today discusses the risk factors contributing to the sex trafficking of youth under the age of 18. Reviewing the growing body of research on this issue, the authors find that experiencing homelessness or running away are significant risk factors. Others include age, ethnicity, and sexuality, with LGBTQ youth at much greater risk than heterosexual youth of being trafficked. In one survey of adults participating in sex work, respondents who said they ran away as youth (63%) were more likely to have been trafficked than those who did not run away (27%). Overall, the research indicates that risk factors such as whether or not a person has been a runaway or homeless are more predictive of future involvement in trafficking than demographic factors.

Read the article here.

Eliminating Implicit Bias in Hiring

This article from the American Bar Association examines how human resources and managerial staff can eliminate bias in their hiring decisions. The article suggests advertising job openings in diverse outlets to reach a broader pool of applicants and keeping the language in job ads as neutral as possible. Authors also suggest removing identifying information from a resumé that can lead to bias, such as applicants’ names, addresses, or graduation year, and sticking to a standard set of interview questions rather than engaging in freewheeling discussion with applicants.

Read more here.

2020 NSPN Award Winners

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) recognized several individuals, organizations, and businesses during its 2020 national awards ceremony on August 18th and 19th at Focus 2020. The 2020 NSPN award categories and winners are:

  • Model Program Award – Fresno EOC’s Food Services Program
  • Helping Hands Award – Isaiah Duncan, Y-Now Mentoring Program, YMCA Safe Place Services
  • Safe Place® Coordinator of the Year Award – Chuck Paul, Roy Maas Youth Services
  • Community Involvement Award – Bank of America, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Youth in Action Award – Eric Wolfe, Anchor House
  • Culture of Respect Award – Judith Clark, Hawaii Youth Services Network
  • Executive Leadership Award – Lisa Thompson, Project Oz
  • Essential Voice Award – Dr. Matthew Morton, Chapin Hall
  • Together We Can Award – Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards –
  • Patricia Balke, Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services
  • Phil Garrett, Every Child’s Hope

((Pictured left to right: NSPN Award winners Dr. Matthew Morton, Isaiah Duncan, and Chuck Paul with their awards.)

Congratulations once again to all of our 2020 NSPN award winners. We are honored to celebrate you. To read more about the 2020 NSPN awards and view photos, speeches, and videos from the winners, please visit

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