Comment Deadline: July 21, 2014
The Department of Education is requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality in special education based on race and ethnicity. The Department would like input on actions related to (1) identifying, placing, and disciplining children with disabilities and (2) ensuring that funds reserved for comprehensive, coordinated early intervention services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are used to effectively address significant disproportionality. Learn more.
Comment Deadline: July 21, 2014
Date: March 19-21, 2015
Futures Without Violence will host the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in Washington, DC. Topics include sexual assault on college campuses, the social determinants of health, sex trafficking of youth, children’s exposure to violence, and the Defending Childhood initiative. Learn more.
This report compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization of 18-24 year old females enrolled and not enrolled in college. The report examines the relationship of victim and offender, involvement of a weapon, location of victimization, reporting to the police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics. Learn more.
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014
We R Native and Reconnecting the Circle invite American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawai‘ian youth, ages 13–24, to submit an essay, a photo, a graphic, an illustration, a video, or an audio recording that illustrates their cultural values. The top ten entries will be awarded $100 in cash prizes, and all submissions will be featured in an eBook, the weRnative blog, the Reconnecting the Circle website, and other content platforms. Learn more.
Human Trafficking in America’s Schools was developed to help school officials understand how human trafficking affects schools, recognize the indicators of possible human trafficking, and develop policies, protocols, and partnerships to address and prevent the exploitation of children. Available online the guide also offers links to resources and publications, trainings, and services for victims. Learn more.
The Department of Education is asking the public for help to spread the word to students, parents, and educators about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal Student Aid Financial Aid Toolkit contains sample Facebook posts, tweets, blogs, videos, photos, and infographics that can be used to deliver the message through social media channels. Learn more.
Submission Deadline: April 22, 2015
FEMA’s National Youth Council is sponsoring a video competition for students in 7th to 12th grade that will help raise awareness about preparing for natural disasters. Students should create a short video based on the preparedness-related topic assigned to their grade level. Submissions will be posted on Facebook and the videos that get the most “likes” will be the winners. Winners will receive scholarship money and will have their video posted on Got Preparedness’ website. Learn more.
Using data from 133 countries, the “Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014” provides an overview of violence prevention efforts across the globe that aim to address interpersonal violence (specifically child maltreatment), youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. This report was jointly published by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Learn more.
Date: January 26 - February 1, 2015
Get involved with NIDA’s fifth annual National Drug Facts WeekSM. Host or promote events for teens that help shatter the myths about drugs, and expose teens to facts about drugs and addiction from scientists and other experts. NIDA staff can recommend materials and activities, help organizations partner with one another, and highlight events on the official 2015 National Drug Facts Week map. Learn more.
A series of Future Ready Regional Summits will help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. OET will host the Summits, in partnership with the Alliance for Educational Excellence, and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners. Learn more.
Application Deadline: March 2, 2015
OJJDP invites proposals to broker, coordinate, and provide relevant training and technical assistance to the 39 jurisdictions that OJJDP funds through its youth violence prevention initiatives: Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention. OJJDP strongly encourages applications that involve collaboration between two or more entities. Learn more (PDF, 34 pages).
Application Deadline: January 27, 2014
Through the Youth CareerConnect grant program, the Department of Labor in collaboration with the Department of Education will award $100 million in funding to provide high school students with the education and skills they need to pursue a successful career. The grants will also encourage school districts, colleges, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for young people. Learn more.
This article describes the work of 18 states, funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, to improve the quality of health care for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The barriers the states have encountered and strategies to address these barriers are discussed. The article also suggests actions that states can take to enhance adolescent health care. Learn more.
Two new resources from IES can help to improve support to students who are struggling in school:
• “Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit” (PDF, 53 pages) is designed to help teachers and administrators use education data more systematically and accurately.
• ”A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing Early Warning Systems” (PDF, 26 pages) describes and provides examples of early warning system implementation strategies in use across the country.
National Mentoring Month is an opportunity to honor those who have made a difference in the lives of others by thanking them and paying it forward. Become a mentor by using the ZIP code search engine to connect to local mentoring opportunities. Be someone who matters to someone who matters today. Learn more.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced the expansion of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to five additional cities: Long Beach, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Seattle, Washington; and Baltimore, Maryland. Each city will receive an initial set of planning grants to begin the work that has been so successful in the original Forum cities. Each city will be eligible for additional support once they develop comprehensive plans for coordinating resources, engaging in community outreach, and involving new stakeholders. Learn more.
NBHAAD: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities is an annual opportunity to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and to increase awareness of the disproportionate number of African American men, women, and youth affected by HIV. This year’s theme, “I Am My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS,” had a special focus on HIV disparities among men who have sex with men. Learn more.
Application Deadline: October 24, 2014
NICHD is accepting applications from young adults ages 15- 20 for its Media Smart Youth (MSY) Teen Leaders Program. MSY is a 10-lesson curriculum that explores media, nutrition, and physical activity. Teen leaders carry out the program from start to finish. In return, they gain leadership experience, community service hours, and recognition from the NIH, plus training and $1,000 for program expenses. Applications are due October 24. Learn more.