NEW Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services Programs

CFPB_logoOn July 30, 2014 the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released Your Money, Your Goalsa toolkit to help social services programs understand when and how to introduce financial education in their work with clients. The toolkit can help clients build skills in managing money, credit, debt and other financial matters.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau worked with a variety of organizations to introduce the toolkit at training workshops in 21 states and Washington, D.C. Over 1,400 social services staff participated. ACF Region II collaborated with the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. to deliver two workshops in New York City. After the training, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau collected information from participants about their experiences in using the toolkit to help improve it.

You can now download the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit in English and Spanish from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website.

The available resources include an implementation guide, PowerPoint slides with trainer notes and a train-the-trainer video. You can also sign up for news on upcoming training events and updates to the toolkit. 

International Young Leaders Assembly at the United Nations on August 19th (Tuesday), 2014

IYLA_Logo4th International Young Leaders Assembly

“Moral And Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship”

Dear Friends of the Global Peace Foundation,

On behalf of the Global Peace Foundation, we would like to invite any bright young leaders ages 18-35 years of age to join us at the “International Young Leaders Assembly: Moral and Innovative Leadership 2014” at the United Nations on August 19th and/or at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on August 15th.

Last year the IYLA brought 800 participants from 74 counties together for an experience that included exposure and networking at high profile events, venues and embassy receptions. IYLA brings top speakers such as the UN Secretary- General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, Co-founder of Ignite Good, Chelsea Brownridge, U.N. Permanent Representative, Jose Antonia Dos Santos and many others.

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New Online Course on Working With LGBTQ Youth

New Online Course on Working With LGBTQ Youth

The Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is pleased to offer a new online course on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, or LGBTQ youth.

“Creating a Safe Space for LGBTQ Teens” (free registration required) was designed to help those who deliver teen pregnancy prevention programming to:

  •  Define key terms associated with sexual orientation and gender identity.
  •  Describe challenges that many LGBTQ youth face and why it is critical that teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection/HIV prevention messages and projects are inclusive of all youth.
  •  Identify key strategies for creating a safe and inclusive classroom setting for all youth.

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Professionals needed- FAON ( Family Advocacy Outreach Network) – NCMEC

NCMECAs you may know, the issues of missing and exploited children impact all communities nationwide. We also know that when a child goes missing or is exploited, an entire community is deeply impacted. And, it is the entire community that is needed to support the family while a child is missing, upon recovery and reunification, and to prevent a child from abduction, running away, or sexual exploitation.

The Family Advocacy Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) seeks Spanish-speaking child and family-serving professionals, private practitioners or agency-based, to become partners in the Family Advocacy Outreach Network (FAON). We have a large number of Spanish-speaking children and families in need of family services in their native language. We believe that children receiving services from professionals who understand their language and culture will make a positive impact in their lives.

FAON is designed as a voluntary referral network to provide low sliding-fee or pro-bono service intervention to parents and legal guardians of missing and/or sexually exploited children. The network is national and international in scope and seeks the expertise of treatment professionals with experience in crisis management and/or victim/family trauma.  Sometimes families need short term help, others need long term. The Network seeks to provide a local point of contact and referral for parents and legal guardians faced with the challenges of recovery and healing.

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From Poverty To Opportunity: Tuesday August 12


Fifty years ago, the Economic Opportunity Act was passed, launching the War on Poverty. The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Act by convening a Symposium, From Poverty To Opportunity, on Tuesday August 12. The Symposium will highlight DYCD’s anti-poverty strategies and programs funded by DYCD via federal Community Services Block Grant funding.  There will be three tracks throughout the day so attendees may focus on best practices in Youth, Adult, or Immigrant Services. It will also feature practical “how-to” workshops and resource opportunities.

Invited to attend are human service professionals, community advocates, members of faith-based and community-based organizations, students of law, public policy and social work, and members of the press. Event partners include the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), the New York State Department of State, HealthFirst, Modells, and New York Law School. The Symposium represents New York City’s role as part of NYSCAA’s statewide public education and outreach effort to confront myths and misconceptions about poverty by highlighting successful anti-poverty programs and services provided by Community Action across New York State.

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Father Initiative Career Development Center: 3-Week Course • Locations in Bronx & Brooklyn

OsborneNY-logoThe Osborne Association – Fathers in the Criminal Justice System – Course

Father Initiative Career Development Center

3-Week Course • Locations in Bronx & Brooklyn

Focused on non-custodial fathers involved in the criminal justice system, this 3-week course offers effective co-parenting workshops, job placement assistance, resume preparation, interview training, job search and retention support, career coaching, training on workplace socialization, financial literacy, and goal setting. Services also include free weekend activities for children & fathers, individual & family counseling, guidance with child support issues and arranging child visits, father to father peer groups, and financial incentives including free lunch, Metrocards, snacks, etc.

For more information and to register in the Bronx, call Darren Ferguson at: (718) 707-2712 or email:

For more information and to register in Brooklyn, call Shu-aib Abdur-Raheem at: (718) 637-6588 or email:

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) 2014 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program

CJJRAnnouncing the 2014 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University‘s McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the application window for the 2014 Multi-System Integration Program is now open through July 25, 2014.  The Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program is a weeklong program of intensive study designed for those who want to improve outcomes for youth known to multiple systems of care by improving multi-system integration and collaboration.  The program is conducted by CJJR, in collaboration with the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America.

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