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NN4Y Webinar: Youth Advocacy Skills

National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is hosting a webinar on Youth Advocacy Skills. As a young person who has experienced and overcome homelessness, policymakers should be listening to your recommendations about how policies and systems should change. Youth can change systems so that fewer young people experience homelessness and more young people who experience homelessness are served appropriately and quickly. 

When: Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST

Click here to register.  

Upcoming Event: Training of Facilitators and Trainers

Training of Facilitators and Trainers is a three-week distance learning event (six sessions – 18 hours total) that is designed to help new trainers and facilitators, as well as those looking to enhance their skills.

This training includes the following course objectives for participant learning:

  • Assess the needs and expectations of an audience.
  • List the conditions which create a positive climate for learning.
  • Identify concepts related to adult learning principles.
  • Identify skills related to facilitating group discussions and process.
  • Create a training plan for site-based and distance training.
  • Describe and demonstrate the skills used in various training techniques.


The event will be held December 3 – 19, 2021.


An early-bird rate of $300 for members and $400 for non-members is available for this event between Thursday, August 18th and Saturday, September 18th. Beginning Sunday, September 19th, the rate will increase to $350 for members and $450 for non-members. The deadline to register for this event is November 17th. Space is limited.

Click here to register.

National Safe Place Network Announces 2021 Award Recipients

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) recognized several individuals, organizations, and businesses during its 2021 national awards ceremony on Wednesday, July 28 at Focus 2021 held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are honored to celebrate youth service professionals, volunteers, advocates, and community partners who have made a positive difference in the lives of youth and families,” said Laurie Jackson, President/CEO of NSPN. “The 2021 NSPN Award recipients have contributed their time, money, expertise, and voices to ensure youth safety and for that, we are grateful.”

NSPN is proud to recognize the following 2021 NSPN Award winners:

  • Community Involvement Award – Terrible Herbst
  • Culture of Respect Award – Dr. Frank McAlpin
  • Executive Leadership Award – Susan Frankel, National Runaway Safeline
  • Helping Hands Volunteer Award – Anne and Dan Henriksen, 360 Youth Services
  • HEREOS for Youth Award – Dr. Diane Tanaka, Children’s Hospital L.A.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Mark Wolf and Susan Harmon, formerly of National Safe Place Network
  • Model Program Award – “Value You” Campaign, Bellefaire JCB
  • Safe Place® Coordinator of the Year Award – Hanna Tacha, Youth Services Tulsa
  • Youth in Action Award – National Youth Advisory Board, National Network for Youth
  • Together We Can Award – David Mount, Seton Youth Shelters
  • Essential Voice Award – Mark Horvath, Invisible People

Congratulations once again to all of the 2021 NSPN award winners. Visit to read more about the awards and their winners. Nominations for the 2022 NSPN awards can be submitted at



A Guide to Gender Identity Terms

(Image courtesy of Human Rights Campaign;

In recognition of Pride Month, NPR and GLAAD have released “A Guide to Gender Identity Terms”. This glossary is not exhaustive but is intended to promote courtesy and acceptance. In addition to the glossary, there is also a Q&A on the importance of proper pronoun usage. 

Access the guide here.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Street Outreach Program Funding Opportunity Announcement Available

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to share the release of the 2021 Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Street Outreach Program (SOP) funding opportunity announcement (FOA). All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 21, 2021. This funding opportunity is for a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget cycles. 

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds under the Street Outreach Program. The purpose of the SOP is to provide street-based 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 human trafficking in persons. These services, targeted in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices and providing them access to shelter as well as basic needs, including food, hygiene packages and information on a range of available services.

Funding opportunity number: HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-YO-1926
Application due date: June 21, 2021
Read the SOP FOA here:

Your Network is Here to Help

Grant support services are available exclusively to all NSPN organizational members. If you are a member and would like to access this service, please click here.

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