For Member Agencies
One-stop shop for a variety of tools, resources, and templates that support our VCRHYP member agencies and their staff.
VCRHYP Paperwork Manual (updated 2.5.19) - START HERE for guidance on what forms to complete when!
VCRHYP Intake Assessment (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Intake Assessment, reduced ink (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Resiliency Assessment (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Quarterly Update (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Quarterly Update, reduced ink (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Exit Assessment (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Exit Assessment, reduced ink (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Project Reentry Form (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Project Reentry Form, reduced ink (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Project Switch Form (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Project Switch Form, reduced ink (updated 2.5.19)
VCRHYP Aftercare Plan (updated 2.5.19)
New Employee Orientation Materials
VCRHYP Orientation Manual (updated 3.6.19)
Appendix for VCRHYP Orientation Manual (updated 3.6.19)
Positive Youth Development (PYD) 101 - A series of short courses intended to introduce PYD to new youth work professionals, volunteers, and advocates. Stand-alone, interactive courses, which may be taken in any order, can be completed in about 30 minutes each. Courses are open to all, but registration is required. The six available courses include:
- Principles of PYD
- Puberty and adolescence
- Youth and technology
- Youth development programming
- Youth voice and engagement
- Youth work ethics
Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood - A free online training, from the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, designed for direct service providers to increase skills in engaging and supporting youth and young adults in the transition years who have mental health challenges. Training consists of ten hour-long online modules and a self-study guide. The ten modules include:
- Partnering with youth
- Promoting recovery
- Increasing cultural awareness
- Fostering resilience
- Promoting cross-cultural relationships
- Providing individualized services
- Supporting healthy relationships
- Collaborating to bridge service gaps
- Promoting community supports
- Using evidence-supported practices
RHYTTAC eLearning - A web-based application containing training documents, PowerPoint presentations, and recorded webinar trainings. Courses may be taken at one's own pace anywhere internet is available. To sign up for eLearning, contact Ari (email@example.com) for information you'll need to complete the registration form. Many of the training requirements laid out in FYSB's Final Rule and Funding Opportunity Announcements can be met through eLearning options, such as:
- Core support services for BCPs and TLPs
- Crisis intervention techniques
- Cultural and linguistic diversity
- Development of coordinated networks of private agencies and/or public agencies to provide services
Addressing the Legal Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness - A free 90-minute webinar from the American Bar Association on innovate legal strategies for advocates and attorneys to protect the rights of students experiencing homelessness inside and outside the school gates.
Additional resources are available from the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC)
Education & Employment
National Center for Homeless Education Resources - A wide variety of resources, training and issue briefs related to the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. For assistance with an issue related to the education of a child or youth experiencing homelessness, contact the NCHE homeless education helpline at 1-800-308-2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workforce Connections: Key "Soft Skills" that Foster Youth Workforce Success - Recommendations from a multi-faceted study about the key soft skills for youth workforce success. Includes a literature review as well as input from researchers, youth workforce program implementers, employers, and youth themselves.
Financial Aid Toolkit - A toolkit from the U.S. Department of Education that provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and other advisors.
Social & Emotional Well-Being
Building the Core Skills Youth Need for Life: A Guide for Education and Social Service Practitioners - A guide, released by Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, that focuses on adolescent stress and self-regulation. Includes five skills crucial for self-regulation and healthy adulthood, tips for helping young people build core skills, information on the impact of stress on development, and five ways programs can reduce stress through thoughtful program design.
Behind the Asterisk: Perspectives on Young Adult Mental Health from "Small and Hard-to-Reach Communities" - A report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the mental health needs and opinions of 26 young adults ages 16-25 living in poverty in marginalized, small, and hard to reach communities—populations whose small size often relegates their input to an “asterisk” in large-scale studies. Participants’ unique perspectives, collected via focus group discussions and featured in the report, include ideas on health insurance, how they define mental health, and how to improve access to mental health care. RHY programs can use key findings and policy recommendations to ensure that mental health services for young adults are culturally relevant, attractive, and accessible.
Supporting Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma - A brief, developed by The National Mentoring Partnership and the Mental Health Association of New York, to support programs, mentors, and young people in the wake of violence and trauma. Includes steps to prepare yourself, as a mentor, to engage and support youth.
Secondary Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Trauma - A tip sheet from RHYTTAC that defines, explains, and provides resources on secondary traumatic stress.
Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services - Developed by ACF, SAMHSA, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS, this guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.
Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Guide for Practitioners - A Fact Sheet by the Child Welfare Information Gateway and Children's Bureau about how to use protective factors to help children, youth, and families negotiate difficult circumstance and fair better in school, work, and life.
Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking for RHY Serving Agencies: A Resource Guide - A comprehensive introduction about the intersection of RHY programs and human trafficking provided by FYSB and RHYTTAC. Provides information about a wide variety of topics, including: legal definitions, the role of RHY programs, program models, and building a collaborative community approach.
Promising Futures - A website of Futures Without Violence that offers resources to help transform or enhance a program's ability to effectively meet the needs of women, children, and youth experiencing domestic violence.
Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit: Guidance and Materials for Practitioners - A toolkit developed by and for advocates in the RHY and domestic violence/sexual assault fields to help programs better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth.
Practical Tools for Grantees: Online Recruitment of Youth Via Social Media and the Internet - A resource from the Family & Youth Services Bureau that discusses the recruitment of youth through social media platforms and highlights strategies to assist RHY grantees in discussing this topic with youth.
Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Program Implementation: A Tool for Community Reflection - A step-by-step guide, created by Jobs for the Future and Forum for Youth Investment, for assessing programmatic barriers affecting youth, gaps in services, and funding restrictions that prevent communities from achieving cross-sector goals. RHY providers can use this tool to learn about blended funding approaches and improve resource sharing in their local communities.
RHY Program Frequently Asked Questions - A document released by FYSB and RHYTTAC to address common questions posed by grantees.
Ready for Anything: A Disaster Planning Manual for RHY Programs - A manual covering prevention and preparedness, response, and recovery. Includes worksheets and checklists to guide RHY programs step-by-step through the process of creating an emergency-preparedness plan.
Conducting a Youth Count: A Toolkit - From Chapin Hall's Voices of Youth Count, a toolkit that provides guidance and tools to communities looking to improve ways they count youth experiencing homelessness.
Eligibility for RHY Programs - A tip sheet from RHYTTAC that highlights eligibility for FYSB's Basic Center Programs, Transitional Living Programs, Maternity Groups Homes, and Street Outreach Programs.
Harm Reduction in RHY Programs - A tip sheet from RHYTTAC that defines harm reduction and what it can look like in RHY programs.
Emerging Strategies for Engaging Young People in Systems of Care - A report from the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Future (out of Portland State University), that describes strategies for improving engagement with older youth and young adults ages 18-24. Based on interviews with 26 providers in eight states, the resource describes positive features of drop-in settings, peer engagement, and using social media for outreach. RHY providers seeking to improve service retention for older adolescents can read the report for tips on programming, physical spaces, and how to break down unnecessary barriers.
The Positive Power of Youth Organizing - Website for The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing, an organization that aims to promote leadership development among young people of color and youth living in poverty by supporting youth-led social justice initiatives. FCYO’s website features video interviews with young organizers describing ways that involvement impacted their communities and personal development, as well as organizing toolkits and related research. RHY providers can incorporate youth organizing into programming as a way to boost young people’s social-emotional development and to advocate for social change impacting RHY and their peers.
Social Media Advertising 101 - A tip sheet from SAMHSA about how social media advertising can help non-profit organizations elevate their messaging.
The Necessity of Authentic Engagement: 5 Ways to Build Connections with Youth Facing Adversity - A blog post by staff from the Center for Combating Human Trafficking discussing ways to engage youth in a way that builds a connection that opens the door to service engagement.
Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum - A free, evidence-based life skills curriculum, from the National Runaway Safeline. The curriculum's 14 modules are intended to educate young people about alternatives to running away as well as to build life skills so that youth can resolve problems without resorting to running away or unsafe behavior. Designed for youth ages 10-20, but can be easily adapted for other age groups.
Putting Positive Youth Development into Practice: A Resource Guide - Prepared by the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, this guide gives an in-depth introduction to Positive Youth Development, including practical tips, checklists, and resources for learning more.
Rapid Re-housing Handbook: A Resource Guidebook for Rapid Re-housing Programs - Point Source Youth's comprehensive guide on using rapid re-housing approaches with youth. Includes lessons learned by youth-serving organizations that employ the model, sample materials and planning tools, and discussion about how rapid re-housing approaches address social inequities.
Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Toolkit: A toolkit, developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness through the Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Learning Community and Practice Knowledge Project, that gathers key lessons learned from innovate providers about how they are implementing the RRH model for youth. Covers topics such as housing first, overview of rapid re-housing, housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, case management and services, and RRH as a systems approach to ending youth homelessness.
Host Homes Handbook: A Resource Guide for Host Home Programs - Point Source Youth's comprehensive guide on using a host home model with youth. Includes lessons learned by youth-serving organizations that employ the model and sample materials and planning tools.
Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs - Developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OFFDP), this resource is intended to help young people in juvenile corrections and treatment programs prepare for reentry and success in the community.
National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth - A resource developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Network for Youth, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Includes recommendations for those working directly with LGBT youth, how to improve agency-wide culture and effectiveness in serving LGBT youth, and specific steps administrators and youth workers can take to improve the experiences of LGBT youth in residential settings.
Voices of Youth Count - Chapin Hall's website for their research initiative designed to link evidence and action by capturing the experiences of runaway, unaccompanied homeless and unstably housed youth, more clearly defining the size of the population and scope of the issue, and driving compelling knowledge into the hands of the broad national community dedicated to ending youth homelessness. View research-to-impact briefs on:
- National estimates of youth homelessness
- Counting youth experiencing homelessness
- LGBTQ youth homelessness
- Pathways from foster care to youth homelessness
- Youth pathways through homelessness
- Youth homelessness in rural America
- Pregnant and parenting youth experiencing homelessness