FROM JUDITH’S DESK
Mental health was the predominant theme for the 250+ youth and youth
advocates at the 2014 Children and Youth Summit. The five top
College/career/life skills education in schools Increase mental
health awareness in schools, including training for teachers and
supports for students with mental health issues Increase affordable
housing including Housing First programs (for chronically homeless
persons with physical and mental disabilities) Repairing/maintaining
public housing units Building more affordable housing Suicide
prevention Create a safer environment for LGBTQ youth.
Banson Honda, a Pearl City High School student and student member of
the State Board of Education served as MC. Moanalua High School
students were the facilitators and recorders for the youth breakout
groups as well as leading ice breakers and energizers.
Panel discussions featured youth and adult speakers on civil rights
issues, health and human services, environment and sustainability,
economy, and education. Our youngest panelist was Leo Campagna, an 8
year old entrepreneur and CEO of The Littlest Co-op.
If you have ideas for turning these Summit priorities into
legislative bills and resolutions, come to the Keiki Caucus Resource
Group meeting on November 17th at noon at the State Capitol. Bring
drafts of proposed bills if you have them. Or contact Senator
Suzanne Chun Oakland at 586-6130 or via e-mail at
email@example.com with your recommendations.
Hawaii Youth Services Network welcomes your input on youth issues we
should address – whether through training, advocacy, or program
development. You, our member agencies and colleagues, know what your
communities, youth, and families need, and how well those needs are
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 531-2198 ext. 1 to share your ideas and concerns.
BULLYING APP PROVIDES INSTANT BULLYING PREVENTION ADVICE
StopBullying.gov and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMSHA) have released a free smartphone app that helps parents, caretakers, educators and others talk to young
people about bullying–and prevent it from happening. Research has
shown that talking with children and youth for short periods a day
about bullying can help reduce incidents of bullying and build young
people’s self-esteem. Click here to read more.
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL RUNAWAY PREVENTION MONTH
Spearheaded by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the National
Network for Youth (NN4Y), National Runaway Prevention Month is a
unified national effort to increase public awareness of the issues
facing runaways, and to educate the public about the solutions and
the role they can play in preventing youth from running away. Visit
the National Runaway Safeline’s page How to Support National Runaway
Prevention Month to learn how you can participate and observe
National Runaway Prevention Month in your school, business, and
community. Click here to read more.
TEEN ALERT PROGRAM INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST
The Teen Alert Program (TAP) of the Domestic Violence Action Center
is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest for teens and young adults
based on the theme:
What does a healthy relationship mean to you? Entering is easy, and
we are giving away hundreds of dollars worth of prizes, including a
Kindle Fire HD 7! The contest started on October 1, but goes through
November 7. All entries must be received on or by November 7.
The goal is to allow youth to think creatively while using social
media to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and promote
To enter: Follow @teenalertprogram on Instagram (and let us follow
you back!). Post a pic that represents what a healthy relationship
means to you (it could be honesty, trust, love, fun, support,
acceptance, happiness, negotiation, patience, healthy boundaries,
equality…) Give your pic a brief caption that describes why it’s
related to healthy relationships Tag #TAP808 and @teenalertprogram
All winners will be selected and notified via Instagram on November
You can also follow the Teen Alert Program on Twitter (@teenalert808)
and Facebook (http://facebook.com/teen.alert.program) to learn more about
WALMART FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM
The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its
Community Grant Program. Through the program, grants of up to $2,500
will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations within the service
area of individual Walmart stores in support of initiatives in the
areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s
economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. Deadline:
December 31, 2014. Click here to read more.
13 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TEENS AND TECHNOLOGY
At the 29th Annual ACT Enrollment Planners Conference, Director Lee
Rainie highlighted 13 things everyone should know about how today’s
teens use technology. With data from the Pew Research Internet
Project’s national surveys of teens and parents, Lee highlights some
critical ways digital tools are changing not only how teens
communicate, but also how they gather information about the world and
present themselves to others. The presentation and script from this
presentation provide some interesting insights. Click here to read more.
THE TOP 25 NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT TOOLS
The Bridgespan Group is collaborating with The Chronicle of
Philanthropy to start a new report offering guidance to nonprofit
leaders. This project will ask a wide range of nonprofit leaders to
provide insight on the use and effectiveness of 25 top tools, and to
voice their opinions on the importance of 21 major trends affecting
the sector. To start, Bridgespan interviewed more than two dozen
nonprofit leaders and other experts to identify the tools that they
believed were among the most important currently available to
nonprofits. Click here to read more.
TWO WEBSITES HELP MENTORING PROGRAMS ENGAGE MEN AS MENTORS
http://WeBuildMen.org set out to build a national movement that encourages men to help
make a positive impact in a young man’s life by building a community
platform that’s custom-built for today’s man – to help him take on
the challenges of contemporary mentorship in a bite-sized, confident,
and exciting way. The effort is spearheaded by Esquire who also just
launched The Mentoring Project to tell the stories of men in
mentoring. There are a number of ways that programs might consider
using these new tools: promote it on social media to spread the word
of men as mentors, make sure your mentoring program is included for
those seeking opportunities, and check out the resources for program
activities and outreach. Click here to read more.
PREVENTING VIOLENCE IN ALL FORMS
Violence against and between youth affects everyone in the community,
and it is preventable. The CDC has a free online course, “Principles of Prevention” for professionals. Participants can earn continuing education
credits while learning how to prevent five types of violence.
NEW eLEARNING COURSE: EVIDENCE-BASED 101
The FRIENDS National Center on Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
is pleased to release an online learning course Evidence-Based 101.
This is a three module course about evidence-based research,
practices and programs and is accompanied by a workbook to be used as
the course is completed.
The first module is designed as an introduction to evidence-based
practice. Module two discusses how to conduct a needs assessment and
analyze the data with an emphasis on understanding how internal
agency capacity impacts service delivery. Module three explores
resources for researching various models, programs and practices as
well as providing key questions that help in the selection process.
You may go through each module in a single sitting or stop and start
as you wish completing the course at your own pace and convenience.
Access to the Online Learning Center is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week at http://friendsnrcelearning.org.
SPECIALIZED TRAINING ON THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS: SECRETS REVEALED IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE
Oahu: November 13
Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk
$50 for the workshop; $40 student rate, 15% discount if 5 or more
attend from same agency
Overview: Alex Santiago, LSW
Key Senate Members and Committees – Senator Glenn Wakai
Key House Members and Committees – Representative Karl Rhoads
Learning Objectives: Understanding how the legislative process
works Learn about the current members serving in Hawaii’s political
system and the committees that they lead Learning the tools to
navigate the legislative system The art of influencing policy making
Download the Registration Form and send to PARENTS together with a check payable to “PARENTS, Inc.”
For additional information call, 808-235-0255 or email email@example.com
STATEWIDE HOMELESS AWARENESS CONFERENCE: NAVIGATING CHANGE TOGETHER
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Beach Hotel
Registration Fee: $45 due no later than November 7
Fee includes lunch and light continental breakfast
Be able to describe the Housing First Model and how it differs from
traditional housing models Learn what the VI-SPDAT is and how it is
being utilized by Homeless Services Providers to identify the needs
of our homeless community Broaden knowledge of domestic violence and
its impact on homelessness Become more familiar with Motivational
Interviewing and how it can be used to increase successful outcomes
Learn about what is being done to end homelessness and how to
participate in the Legislative process as it relates to homeless
issues in our community
NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION OPTION AVAILABLE (fees apply):
ASIST: APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING
November 12 & 13
West Hawaii Civic Center
7:30 am – 5:00 pm for BOTH days
This two-day workshop provides training in how to recognize, assess,
and support a person in crisis. ASIST is designed for caregivers who
want to gain additional skills to directly discuss suicide and
intervene with a person at risk of suicide. This is a highly
interactive and practice-oriented workshop that will give you the
training that you need in order to be a care-giving resource within
The training and its materials are provided without cost to all
participants, so meals or refreshments are not provided. There will
be ample time for lunch to be retrieved off-site or you may bring
lunch with you to the training.
register at: http://KonaAsistNov12-13.eventbrite.com
FEDERAL GRANT PROJECT START-UP: WE GOT THE GRANT! NOW WHAT? WEBINAR
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 1:00pm – 2:30 pm ET
Landing a federal grant is exciting! As you know, once you get a
grant a lot of work needs to happen really fast in order to get the
program operations going. This webinar will walk you through the
essential steps to successful grant project start up. Topics that
will be covered include understanding federal roles and compliance,
developing a program workplan, staffing a new project, and building
community and partnerships. Whether you have managed a federal grant
before or are new to the federal grant management arena, you are sure
to get some new ideas to support the project start-up of your new
grant. Get ahead of the game and make a smooth transition into the
next phase of your program implementation. Facilitators include:
Courtney Workman, National P3 Director of MANY.
This webinar is free and open to the public.
To register, click here.
This publication was made possible in part by Grant Number 6
TP1AH000002 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of Adolescent Health. Its contents are solely the
responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the
official views of the Office of Adolescent Health or the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services