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Helpful Organizations

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National Service Partners 

America’s Promise Alliance – America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Their work is powered by the belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed. The nation’s largest partnership of its kind, they bring together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people. 

American School Health Association (ASHA) – The American School Health Association is a multidisciplinary organization made up of administrators, counselors, dietitians, nutritionists, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers. Collectively, ASHA is working to lead efforts to prioritize school-based approaches that promote lifelong health, build a community to support the whole child, and activate champions of school health. 

Center for Racial Justice in Education – Previously named “Border Crossers”, this is a national organization that works directly with educators and parents to disrupt and dismantle racism in their classrooms and communities. They do this work through facilitating trainings across the United States, and through creating partnerships with schools and organizations in year-long racial equity commitments.

CenterLink – Founded in 1994, CenterLink aims to strengthen, support, and connect LGBTQ community centers, and to help build the capacity of these centers to address the social, cultural, health, and political advocacy needs of LGBTQ community members across the country. CenterLink plays a vital role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources, and engage their regional communities in grassroots social justice movements. 

Color of Change – The Color of Change is a national organization that works with Black communities to challenge injustice, hold leaders accountable, create research about systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice to transform our world. Their focus areas are in criminal justice, media justice, voting rights, tech justice, denouncing and confronting white nationalism, and economic justice.

Juvenile Law CenterFounded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, they advocate for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems.

National Assembly of School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) – The School-Based Health Alliance works to improve the health of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based health care. Their vision is that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential. 

National Association of School Nurses (NASN) – The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing. 

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) – The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is dedicated to educational equity and excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAEHCY’s vision is that every child and youth experiencing homelessness is successful in school, from early childhood through higher education. 

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) – NCHE operates the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance and information center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. 

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) – As the world’s largest organization of school psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) works to advance effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. Their vision is that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. 

National Network for Youth (NN4Y) – The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has been a public education and policy advocacy organization dedicated to the prevention and eradication of youth homelessness in America for over 40 years. As the largest and most diverse network of its kind, NN4Y mobilizes over 300 members and affiliates –organizations that work on the front lines every day to provide prevention services and respond to runaways and youth experiencing homelessness and human trafficking. 

National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse. Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages. 

National Safe Place – When teens find themselves in crisis or need a place to stay, they should know how and where to get help. Our nation’s young people deserve safety and shelter, and many youth feel they don’t have either. Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign. Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth. 

School of Social Workers Association of America (SSWAA) – The School Social Work Association of America empowers school social workers and promotes the profession to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students nationally and globally. 

Southern Poverty Law Center – The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.

Their lawsuits have  protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBTQ community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.

Tahirih Justice Center – Stands alone as the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal and social services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities – With millions of children, adults, and families across the nation experiencing barriers to achieving their full potential, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities works with thousands of committed social sector leaders to help their organizations more positively impact their communities. 

United We Dream – United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country, working to create a welcoming space for young people regardless of immigration status, to support, engage, and empower their voice.

YMCA, USA – The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. Working locally, they focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. 

Agencies and Social Services 

Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG) – Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. 

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) – CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies that since 1920 has worked to serve children and families who are vulnerable. Their expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children across the country. Their impact is felt worldwide. 

Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) – U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services – The Family and Youth Services Bureau is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Bureau’s mission is to promote safety, stability and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma. FYSB achieves this by supporting a number of programs that provide shelter, community services and prevention education. This includes programs in three main areas: Runaway and Homeless Youth, Family Violence Prevention & Services and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. 

National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth & Families – Launched by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) is a national resource for organizations that support runaway and homeless youth and their families with programs and services. FYSB, which is part of the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for supporting organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. 

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) – The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies. 

National Resource Center for Youth Services (NRCYS) – For more than 40 years, the University of Oklahoma Outreach, National Resource Center for Youth Services (NRCYS) has been improving the effectiveness of human services through training, capacity-building consultation, and other services. 

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