12 Highlights of 2013 at the Family and Youth Services Bureau

As we look back on 2013, the staff of the Family and Youth Services Bureau want to thank all of our grantee partners for their tireless work to help youth and families who have experienced violence and trauma. Here are 12 highlights of 2013 at FYSB:

  1. William H. Bentley was appointed Associate Commissioner of FYSB.
  2. Vice President Biden visited the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which is funded in part by FYSB’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, as the hotline received its three-millionth call.
  3. The CDC revealed that the U.S. teen birth rate reached a historic low in 2012.
  4. Grantees of the Bureau’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program released a host of new products, including an online learning tool on the basics of domestic violence, the Domestic Violence Evidence Project website, and A Systematic Review of Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors.”
  5. Youth from Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a runaway and homeless youth program in Boston, won the third annual Family and Youth Services Bureau Mural Contest for their depiction of a young person climbing toward hope.
  6. FYSB worked to promote the federal government’s framework for ending youth homelessness.
  7. A new report, "Launching a Nationwide Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Effort," showed that FYSB’s State Personal Responsibility Education Program, which funds state efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, will reach an estimated 300,000 young people.
  8. The National Runaway Switchboard, which operates FYSB’s national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, changed its name to the National Runaway Safeline.
  9. The federal government’s Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, of which FYSB is a member, unveiled "Pathways for Youth," its strategy for working together to improve the lives of young people.
  10. A report by the Urban Institute explored the lessons learned from the Youth Count! project, which supported nine pilot sites in their efforts to better count homeless young people.
  11. The Administration on Children Youth & Families released guidance on trafficking for child welfare agencies and runaway and homeless youth programs.
  12. FYSB funded two new research projects aimed at building the capacity of transitional living programs and domestic violence shelters to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Happy New Year from all of us at the Family and Youth Services Bureau.