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Poverty, Ryan, and Reality

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-MN) first spoke about his latest proposal to reduce poverty in America, many in the human services field were skeptical, but optimistic. It’s certainly time to engage in a national dialogue around creating and strengthening opportunities for families, and this new set of recommendations is an improvement over the draconian budgets…

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Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour – A Moving Account of Alzheimer’s

by John Leonard for the National Human Services Assembly As part of its ongoing work with people with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers, Volunteers of America, a member of the National Human Services Assembly, is supporting the documentary feature film, “I’ll Be Me,” chronicling Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour. Three years ago, legendary musician Glen…

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Medicare in Good Health — For Now

by Patricia Barry, Senior Editor, AARP Publications originally published on the AARP Blog. View the original post here. Medicare is in much better health and has a somewhat longer life expectancy than previously expected, according to the 2014 Medicare Trustee’s report released today. Spending on Medicare’s Part B program, which covers mainly doctors’ services and outpatient…

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Infographic Thursday: School to Prison Pipeline

Did you know that youth of color, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities are punished more often and more harshly than their other peers for the same behavior? Today’s infographic from the Advancement Project shows how minority youth and those with arguably the most obstacles in life are most often caught in the school-to-prison pipeline. The…

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YAP Youth Competes in Street Soccer World Cup

View the original post on Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.’s blog. For pictures, videos, and to learn more about Ellana’s experience, visit IYAF’s Facebook page. Ellana Watson, Philadelphia YAP Graduate, represented YAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil at “Mundial Futebol de Rua/Street Soccer World Cup” this month. Young people from over 20 countries participated in workshops, activities…

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Infographic Thursday: The United States of Aging

Today, we’re happy to be sharing three infographics, and they come from the  National Council on Aging, a member of the National Human Services Assembly. The infographics summarize some findings from NCOA’s new report, “The United States of Aging Survey Results 2014,” which explores different perspectives on aging preparedness. The report places emphasis on analyzing responses specifically from low-income seniors and socially-isolated…

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On the Radio: Reframing Human Services

Every once in a while you find yourself presented with a fun opportunity, and that’s exactly how Irv Katz found himself broadcasted over the radio in New York City last week. He was interviewed by Allison Sesso and Michelle Jackson for the Human Services Council’s “Human Services News & Views” radio show. It gave Irv…

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Nonprofits’ Fractured Partnership with Government

by Jo DeBolt for La Piana Consulting Originally published on La Piana Consulting’s blog. View the original post here. At what cost and for how long? The Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy recently issued its National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles. In the introduction to the study the authors say,…

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VOTE for NN4Y’s Recommended Amendments to USICH’s Opening Doors

The National Network for Youth gathered input from the field, hosted a national conference call with members, and has submitted ideas for the changes it would like to see included in the 2014 Opening Doors Amendment. Click HERE to see all of their ideas. In order to show support for their suggestions, NN4Y need your vote! USICH’s forum allows…

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15 Policies That Can Improve the Mental Health of All Children

A new report from Child Trends, Are the Children Well?, argues that it’s time to change and improve the way we address the mental health of young people. Instead of focusing policy and practice on mental health illnesses, results of evidence-based strategies show that promoting wellness, prevention, and flourishing improves the mental health wellness of all…