Announcements

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
The White House

The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge encourages communities to implement cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people. Cities, tribal nations, towns, and counties will be charged with building and executing robust plans to ensure that all young people can achieve their full potential. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Comment Deadline: March 9, 2015
Mandated by Congress, SAMHSA’s block grants are noncompetitive grants that provide funding for substance abuse and mental health services. Comments on multiple facets of the 2016-2017 Draft Block Grant documents can be submitted to blockgrants@samhsa.hhs.gov. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA will hold its annual Prevention Day on February 3, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum. With the theme “The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade,” Prevention Day will feature speakers, plenaries, and workshops that will provide information on effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Date: October 27, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
This webisode will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions designed to address the consequences of trauma among children, youth, and families. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

SaferRide is a new mobile app developed by NHTSA to prevent drunk people from driving. Using a simple interface, people who have been drinking can easily call a taxi or a pre-programmed number. The app can also pinpoint the user’s location, making it easier to get home safely. SaferRide is available on Google Play for Android devices and on Apple’s iTunes store for iOS devices. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

This research brief analyzes what young, uninsured Americans can expect to pay if they purchase insurance through the Insurance Marketplace, estimating that nearly 5 in 10 uninsured, single young adults who are eligible could pay $50 or less per month. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).   

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education

Comment Deadline: July 21, 2014
The Department of Education is requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality in special education based on race and ethnicity. The Department would like input on actions related to (1) identifying, placing, and disciplining children with disabilities and (2) ensuring that funds reserved for comprehensive, coordinated early intervention services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are used to effectively address significant disproportionality. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program; Futures Without Violence, National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Date: March 19-21, 2015
Futures Without Violence will host the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in Washington, DC. Topics include sexual assault on college campuses, the social determinants of health, sex trafficking of youth, children’s exposure to violence, and the Defending Childhood initiative. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics

This report compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization of 18-24 year old females enrolled and not enrolled in college. The report examines the relationship of victim and offender, involvement of a weapon, location of victimization, reporting to the police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014
We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle invite American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai‘ian youth, ages 13–24, to submit an essay, a photo, a graphic, an illustration, a video, or an audio recording that illustrates their cultural values. The top ten entries will be awarded $100 in cash prizes, and all submissions will be featured in an eBook, the weRnative blog, the Reconnecting the Circle website, and other content platforms. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This article describes the work of 18 states, funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, to improve the quality of health care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The barriers the states have encountered and strategies to address these barriers are discussed. The article also suggests actions that states can take to enhance adolescent health care. Learn more.  

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education

The Department of Education is asking the public for help to spread the word to students, parents, and educators about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Student Aid Financial Aid Toolkit contains sample Facebook posts, tweets, blogs, videos, photos, and infographics that can be used to deliver the message through social media channels. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Submission Deadline: April 22, 2015
FEMA’s National Youth Council is sponsoring a video competition for students in 7th to 12th grade that will help raise awareness about preparing for natural disasters. Students should create a short video based on the preparedness-related topic assigned to their grade level. Submissions will be posted on Facebook and the videos that get the most “likes” will be the winners. Winners will receive scholarship money and will have their video posted on Got Preparedness’ website. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:

Using data from 133 countries, the “Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014” provides an overview of violence prevention efforts across the globe that aim to address interpersonal violence (specifically child maltreatment), youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. This report was jointly published by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Date: January 26 - February 1, 2015
Get involved with NIDA’s fifth annual National Drug Facts WeekSM. Host or promote events for teens that help shatter the myths about drugs, and expose teens to facts about drugs and addiction from scientists and other experts. NIDA staff can recommend materials and activities, help organizations partner with one another, and highlight events on the official 2015 National Drug Facts Week map. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology (OET)

A series of Future Ready Regional Summits will help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. OET will host the Summits, in partnership with the Alliance for Educational Excellence, and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
OJJDP invites proposals to broker, coordinate, and provide relevant training and technical assistance to the 39 jurisdictions that OJJDP funds through its youth violence prevention initiatives: Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention. OJJDP strongly encourages applications that involve collaboration between two or more entities. Learn more (PDF, 34 pages).

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Labor

Application Deadline: January 27, 2014
Through the Youth CareerConnect grant program, the Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education will award $100 million in funding to provide high school students with the education and skills they need to pursue a successful career. The grants will also encourage school districts, colleges, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for young people. Learn more.  

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students; National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Human Trafficking in America’s Schools was developed to help school officials understand how human trafficking affects schools, recognize the indicators of possible human trafficking, and develop policies, protocols, and partnerships to address and prevent the exploitation of children. Available online the guide also offers links to resources and publications, trainings, and services for victims. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Two new resources from IES can help to improve support to students who are struggling in school:
“Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit” (PDF, 53 pages) is designed to help teachers and administrators use education data more systematically and accurately.
”A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing Early Warning Systems” (PDF, 26 pages) describes and provides examples of early warning system implementation strategies in use across the country.