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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...

Words that Can Help Your Program, Words that Definitely Won’t

  We all know that jargon can deaden messages. It's hard to even pay attention, let alone carefully listen, to someone who's using a lot of technical or insider language. Take my husband. He's a technical advisor to the nuclear power industry, and when he gets home from the office, our conversations usually go something like this: Me: How'd your day go? Him: I got 41-03 rev 6 wrapped up, but we're still seeking alignment with the regulator on some of the deltas from the last cycle....

New Training! Mindful Classrooms, Developing Minds

  It's not hard to create environments that actually spur young people's emotional growth. In some ways, it's simple and intuitive. But you do need to learn the basics. That's why Cindy Carraway-Wilson, Youth Catalytics' Director of Training, is adding a new topic to her roster of trainings. Designed for faculty, staff and volunteers in schools, charter schools, afterschool programs, and residential and group homes, Mindful Classrooms, Developing Minds introduces participants to...