News and Advocacy Alerts

Various Resources for Youth-Serving Agencies

The following resources will vary month to month and cover a wide variety of topics and interests for those who work in youth serving
organizations. This month’s resources include a guide on a community-based early intervention program, a drop-in center that has established successful procedures in response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and a training guide to help adapt evidence-based trauma treatment approaches while utilizing teletherapy. Click the links below to access these resources.

 

Lost in America Foundation PSA

The Lost in America Foundation has partnered with National Safe Place Network (NSPN) and the National Runway Safeline (NRS) to help raise awareness about homeless youth during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Several celebrities have taken part in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to bring awareness to the issue of youth homelessness and help raise funds for NSPN and NRS. You can view the PSA and donate here. Feel free to share the PSA to your social media channels and tag NSPN on Twitter and Facebook. The Lost in America documentary is now available on certain streaming platforms. You can find out more about the documentary here.


 

Resources for Youth-Serving Agencies

The resources below cover a broad range of topics that include youth mental health systems, racial equity, positive youth development, youth and dating violence, a youth-centered approach to homelessness services, and holistic health resources for Native youth. All resources are downloadable.

 

Will You Help Them on Their Journey to Safety?

Right now, in your community, there are youth who are dealing with bullying, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, abuse, and neglect. These young people need your help accessing safety. These are youth like Amaya, who left home in the midst of a global pandemic because of fights with her father. Or Zander, who was contemplating suicide after the death of his mother. When these youth felt like there was nowhere else to turn, Safe Place® and TXT 4 HELP were able to connect them with resources and provide access to safety.

The Journey to Safety campaign seeks to increase support of Safe Place® so young people like Amaya and Zander know that there is somewhere to turn when they are experiencing bullying, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, abuse, and neglect. The Safe Place sign is the universal symbol of safety. All youth in crisis can access help when going to a Safe Place or utilizing TXT 4 HELP. National Safe Place Network (NSPN) will be sharing the stories of various youth on their own journeys to safety throughout the year on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can read more about the Journey to Safety campaign here, and give to support young people’s access to safety here.

 

Anti-Racist Resources

Dorlee Michaeli, MBA, LCSW, has pulled together a list of anti-racist resources for clinical and social workers. Everyone, no matter their profession, can take something away from this list, and it includes audio, visual, and textual pieces based on which way is best for you to learn. These resources are categorized to include:

  • Free Anti-Racist Webinars
  • Anti-Racism Webinars On-Demand
  • Resources for People of Color (POC)
  • How to Talk to Our Kids About Racism
  • Anti-Racism Resources, Guides, Toolkits
  • Anti-Racist Videos/Movies/TV Shows/Podcasts

As Dr. Angela Davis says, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” This resource list, and many others cropping up around the internet, are good places to start in ensuring you are actively anti-racist in your work and your life. 

Access resources here.
 
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