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The Sexual Harassment Reckoning, and What It Probably Won’t Mean for Poor Girls

Could we be in the midst of that rarest of events -- a genuine cultural tipping point? Well, maybe. We women -- and yes, I take the liberty of speaking for almost every one of us throughout the land -- may have sighed wearily about the sexual harassment being described every day in the media, but we haven't been surprised. Not really. Being female in this society (or perhaps any society) is to know intuitively, in your bones, where you exist in the hierarchy, at least relative to p...

Podcast: Giving Young People the Chance — and the Budget — to Improve Their Community

  Since its inception in 1999, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation's Youth for Community Improvement project has engaged more than 180 teens in direct philanthropy. Together, these youth have made more than $285,000 in grants to over 70 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County, MA. How does YCI work? What are the benefits to the community and to the young people who participate? We caught up with six YCI team members on the University of Massachusetts/Amherst campus in June 2...

Government-Faith-based Partnerships: Looking Hard at Open Table

About two years ago, a small national organization called Open Table found its way to our door. They'd been referred by a mutual friend at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a higher-up there we knew from his days as director of mental health services in Connecticut. He knew we were interested in how faith communities could be harnessed on behalf of vulnerable young people; we'd done three large studies on the topic (within the broader context of sp...

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Cut

  July 22, 2017 All of us at Youth Catalytics were shocked by the notice we received on July 5, 2017, terminating our funding from US Office of Adolescent Health as of June 30, 2017. We had just completed our first year of a five-year award to provide capacity-building services to OAH’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grantees, a diverse group of nonprofits serving the nation’s highest-risk young people, including homeless youth, young people in foster care and Native Ame...

Engaging Youth in Creating Digital Health Messages: Q& A with Kenny Neal Shults

Kenny Neal Shults has over 20 years of experience working with service organizations across the country to develop innovative strategies for engaging with vulnerable populations. He is particularly skilled at engaging young people in the creation of prevention-oriented digital messages. His organization, Connected Health Solutions, Inc., specializes in teaching agencies how to incorporate new media into their outreach and programming strategies. Q. You’ve made lots of really compelli...