Youth Collaboratory Receives Nearly $7.6 Million in Federal Awards

Youth Collaboratory received nearly $7.6 Million to support nonprofits serving youth and young adults nationally. 

Youth Collaboratory received funding from two Federal departments totaling nearly $7.6 million over three years to support organizations throughout the U.S. that provide housing and support services to youth and young adults. These awards advance our strategic focus areas of: ending youth and young adult homelessness; building community; and preventing violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC): Nearly $7 million was awarded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau for the RHYTTAC. This award will allow Youth Collaboratory, in partnership with Chapin Hall, to continue providing evidence-informed resources, training, and technical assistance to over 400 community-based organizations nationally who provide housing and support services to youth and young adults impacted by runaway and homeless situations. 

Preventing Trafficking of Girls: For the first time, the Office of Victims of Crime awarded funds for Preventing Trafficking of Girls. Youth Collaboratory and our partner, Center for Court Innovation, were awarded $600,000 to reduce and prevent the victimization of girls vulnerable to sex trafficking by expanding the skills of program providers and other stakeholders. We will support the replication and scaling up of prevention and early intervention strategies that have undergone rigorous evaluation or have a record of success. Our work will focus on filling the resource gap related to preventing sex trafficking of Black girls. 

About Youth Collaboratory: Since 1988, Youth Collaboratory (formerly known as MANY, Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services) has harnessed the power of the youth services community to innovate, evaluate, and drive effective strategies that assure the safety and well-being of youth and young adults, unlocking their limitless potential. We prioritize the following issues:

  • Coordinated community responses to youth and young adult homelessness;
  • Preventing and addressing relationship violence, sexual exploitation, and trafficking of youth; and,
  • Supporting opportunities for young people to build community with family, peers, and others to enhance their assets, explore their strengths, and develop lasting connections.

We tackle these issues collaboratively with a comprehensive approach that crosses all sectors of the youth-services field. Through targeted consulting services, strategic national partnerships, and research-based program models, we operate across sectors to help youth-service providers focus on one goal: strengthen outcomes for youth and young adults in high risk situations. 

To learn more, please visit our website: www.youthcollaboratory.org