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Congress Passes WIOA: Reactions from the Field

In a rare sign of bipartisanship support for human services and human development, a reauthorized Workforce Investment Act passed by an incredible majority of 415-6 in the House of Representatives, and by an overwhelming margin in the Senate, 95-3. The job training bill, renamed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, includes provisions focused on supporting disconnected and opportunity…

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Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

by Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly. Originally published in the Huffington Post. ALL KIDS come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let’s not exclude kids with disabilities–they have these assets as…

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Cardboard Stories: Rethink Homelessness

How many of you walked by a ‪‎homeless person this morning? The video below challenges you to rethink your assumptions about their lives. One of the National Human Services Assembly’s members, the National Network for Youth, is committed to advocating at the federal level to educate the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth. They are a…

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Safely Home: The Case for Community over Institutions

Tonight, 70,000 youth will sleep in a locked facility, having been caught in our juvenile justice system or even in our adult criminal justice system. It shouldn’t be the case that this becomes the norm, where we refuse to take the cheaper, preventive actions and instead choose the more costly and damaging actions.  A new report from Youth Advocate…

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2014 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference, July 24-25

The 2014 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference is co-hosted by the Alliance for Children and Families’ Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The conference features speakers that are influencing efforts to integrate health, education, child welfare, housing, and other issues that affect communities. Government administrators, funders, and leaders of local initiatives will…

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Infographic Thursday: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive

What are the supports and opportunities we can provide to teen parents in order to allow them to raise healthy children, strengthen their economic well-being, and build strong families? Today’s infographic was created by the Healthy Teen Network and illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up and building a healthy family. The reason why the…

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The Sister of Second Chances: A Two-Generation Approach

In a given year, just over 100,000 women serve time in state or federal prison, and most of them have children under 18, reports John Leland in “The Sister of Second Chances,” for the New York Times. So how can we support these women and their children? The article profiles a two-generational approach led by…