“Community Project Funding” aka Earmarks

The House Democratic Appropriations Committee restoring earmarks and rebranding them as “Community Project Funding.” In this webinar, you will learn: What are the new earmarks aka “Community Project Funding? What can these federal dollars fund? How can community-based organizations access these funds?

Unpacking Frontline Prevention: Eye-Openers and Hard Truths We’re Coming to Terms within Canada

This webinar focuses on the difficult change management lessons learned in practice in Canada to bring the need for change home for folks that may have outdated assumptions that need to be challenged. This conversation is focused on the roles of practitioners and service organizations in prevention in order to see the best outcomes for young people and their families/natural supports.

Youth Collaboration 2.0: How to Sustain a Youth Action Board (YAB)

Systems change can only occur if the group most impacted by the system are equal partners in the process. Youth Action Boards (YABs) have served as the vehicle to develop authentic partnerships with young leaders. Many organizations find it challenging to develop and sustain their Youth Action Boards. This webinar will introduce participants to a model that can help sustain and build capacity among YABs. The cascading mentorship model emphasizes meaningful and empowering relationships and support between program directors, program facilitators/mentors, and youth participants. The model was developed by centering the youth voice. The cascading mentorship model combined with cross-systems work can have an impact on developing systems change.

The Shift to Prevention in Canada

This webinar will provide the Canadian context for youth homelessness through our journey over the first five years of AWHC. We will identify the ‘Key Levers of Change’ that have helped us get to where we are as well as the challenges we face and the work still to do. Participants will learn about the high-level “shift to prevention” and some of the key resources and foundational work that is core to innovations in frontline practice, public policy, and cross-systems community planning.

Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Addressing Youth Homelessness

To better understand the opportunities that Family First presents for youth experiencing homelessness, we conducted more than 25 interviews with youth service providers, child welfare leaders, researchers, and policy experts (collectively “youth homelessness and child welfare experts”). These interviews revealed that many in the child welfare and RHY fields are excited about the opportunity to leverage Family First to prevent entry into foster care and to reduce the use of congregate care. Simultaneously, many interviewees expressed concern about the law’s possible unintended consequences for runaway and homeless youth. They cautioned that its impact would depend on multiple youth-serving systems' ability to collaborate in achieving their collective goals.

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