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Nationwide Biweekly Administration Supports At-risk Youth

Xenia, OH (PRWEB) December 28, 2006

The New Year will be a little brighter for local area at-risk youth as Nationwide Biweekly Administration (NBA) of Xenia held an auction at its annual employee Christmas party to benefit the mentoring program, One-2-One Mentors Ohio. When the bidding was done NBA had raised $ 1,750 for the worthwhile nonprofit that provides adult mentors to children in single parent families.

“We believe in giving back to the community,” said Daniel Lipsky, president of Nationwide Biweekly Administration. “And One-2-One Mentoring Ohio is an organization that positively affects the lives of thousands of people. We’re honored to be in a position to help.”

Tim Spoleti, One-2-One Mentors Ohio executive director, said, “The most recent financial contribution from Nationwide Biweekly Administration will support three new matches this coming year. Because of this generous donation these children will be able to experience the love, acceptance and encouragement from a caring adult.”

Study after study shows that children in single parent families, where the father is absent from the family for one reason or another, experience numerous social problems including:

82% of pregnant teenagers come from fatherless homes

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes

78% of high school dropouts come from fatherless home

Over 80 % of young men in prison come from fatherless homes

75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes

One-2-One Mentors Ohio seeks to transform the lives of at-risk and hurting youth to break the growing cycle of single parent homes. One-2-One finds adults willing to give freely of their time to act as role models, and partners them with children who can benefit from interacting with a positive adult figure.

Tim Spoleti explains, “After a careful screening process, a background check and comprehensive training, our mentors are assigned a child between the ages of 11 and 18. The bond of friendship means so much to these children. The personal value and social impact are immeasurable. It is very rewarding for the child and the adult.”

In addition to the efforts of Nationwide Biweekly Administration, a number of local area companies generously donated products and services to make the event a success:

The Flower Man donated two dozen roses

Dayton Marriott donated a one night stay

Fotini’s Hair Design donated a basket of products and gift certificates

Monarch Limousine donated a two-hour limo ride

Olive Garden donated a $ 20 gift certificate

TGI Fridays donated a $ 25 gift certificate, plus 2 free appetizers and 2 free desserts

Mama DiSalvo’s donated a bottle of wine

Your Dream Day donated an amethyst stone

Homewood Suites donated two suites

Sue Davey donated a one-hour massage

“We gratefully acknowledge each and every one of our donors,” Daniel Lipsky said, “We also want to thank our managers who helped put the auction together, and our employees who bid on the items to make the event a success.”

About Nationwide Biweekly Administration

Nationwide Biweekly Administration Inc., a Xenia, Ohio based company, is one of the nation’s largest administrators for weekly and bi-weekly payment programs. Millions of transactions each year are processed through its Interest Minimizer program.

Mortgage payments are administered to more than 1,000 different mortgage companies, banks, and credit unions nationwide. The Interest Minimizer program provides customers with an established, automatic, worry-free mortgage payment program to help them save tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments and to pay off their mortgages years ahead of schedule. Additionally, the company provides mortgage protection insurance to help customers protect their most important asset, their homes.

For more information please contact David Rippe, Celestia International, at 513-253-4854, or visit Nationwide Biweekly Administration on the web at http://www.nbabiweekly.com.

Contact:

David Rippe

513-253-4854

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Klub Tours Gives Youth a Sporting Chance to go Outbound to Africa


Stowmarket, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (PRWEB) September 14, 2008

Klub Tours provide adventure activity, educational and sports tour packages for schools, clubs and colleges encompassing rugby, football, hockey, netball and cricket tours and more.

Klub Tours is part of the Klub Group group of companies which actively creates exciting opportunities for children and youth through its wide range of residential and daily activity centres throughout the UK and abroad.

Klub Tours has now widened its sports tours and outbound opportunities for youth by establishing partners in South Africa and Lesotho. Klub Tours’ partners in South Africa have many years of experience in offering schools and colleges from all over the world tour programmes which embrace many educational elements including eco-tourism, nature studies and environment studies. Klub Group is no stranger to Lesotho; they have been supporting Lesotho Save the Children, a non-profit organisation founded in 1951, by donating old uniforms. Lesotho Save the Children’s current work focuses on child protection, hospice care, quality education and community based HIV / AIDS support.

With a variety of residential and daily activity centres throughout the UK, the Klub Group companies: Klub Xperience, Klub Tours and Kids Klub summer camps have been developed to provide adventure activity, educational and sports tour packages to the youth and school markets for groups and individuals. Governed by the British Activity Holiday Association and approved by Local Education Authorities, Klub Group is able to provide a wide range of products and services for children and young people of all ages, abilities and nationalities.

Find additional information on Klub Tours international sports tours destinations for schools and clubs here or contact Ben Sinclair.

Contact:

Ben Sinclair

Klub Group Ltd

01449 742704

http://www.klubtours.co.uk

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CASA of Cook County Launches a New Initiative Helping Older Youth Who are Preparing to Age Out of Foster Care


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 7, 2009

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County presents Filling the Gaps: Creating Stepping Stones to Success for Older Youth, a symposium launching its new initiative, Creating Independent Transitions for Youth (CITY). The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UIC Forum located at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Amy Dworsky, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Dr. Dworsky will discuss “National Review of Policies and Program Supporting Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care” and “Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth.”

Filling the Gaps: Creating Stepping Stones to Success for Older Youth is a free event, thanks to a generous grant from the Louis R. Lurie Foundation. Registration is available at http://www.casacookcounty.org

Because Every Child Deserves a Safe Permanent Home

About the CITY Initiative

There are approximately 3,000 abused and neglected youth age 16 and older in the Child Protection Division of Cook County Juvenile Court.

CASA of Cook County developed CITY in response to the alarming number of abused and negelcted youth in Cook County who are preparing to age out of foster care without permanent homes and support. CITY recruits, trains and supervises volunteer Advocates to work with foster youth age 16 and older to evaluate their individual needs and determine-with the assistance of the court and all involved parties-the services and tools needed to reflect each young person’s individual goals of independence. Volunteers monitor the youth’s current living situation for safety and appropriateness and help youth reconnect with extended family members in order to develop long-term supportive relationships.

Youth benefit from having a CITY Advocate in multiple ways. Because each volunteer is assigned to only one case at a time, the youth receive the individual attention they deserve and are able to build a trusting relationship with their volunteer. Through regular and direct communication between the youth and Advocate, the youth’s wants, needs and desires for their future are clearly communicated to the court. Most importantly, youth begin to understand how to advocate for themselves and how to become successful, productive members of their communities.

About CASA of Cook County

For nearly 25 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has been helping abused and neglected children involved in the Juvenile Court and foster care system of Cook County. CASA of Cook County provides caring volunteer advocates to make a life-long difference for children.

Advocates are appointed by a judge and assigned to one case at a time, serving as an independent voice for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers advocate for safe, permanent homes for these children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers help ensure that children receive appropriate services and treatment by independently monitoring a child’s situation, identifying community resources, and participating in the court process.

For more information, visit http://www.casacookcounty.org

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$7,500,000 in Free Background Check Services for Non-Profits and Youth Organizations Planned for IntegraScan.com 2010 Budget

Loxahatchee, FL (PRWEB) September 1, 2009

IntegraScan, one of the largest online background check companies has announced today that they will be giving away $ 7,500,000 in free background checks for non-profits and youth organizations in 2010.

Since the downturn of the economy numerous organizations have simply been unable to afford in-depth background checks. To counter this IntegraScan stepped up to the plate in July 2009 and kicked off the Kids Safe Program which offered $ 500,000 a month in free background checks to youth organizations within the United States. The success of this program went beyond what the company could have ever hoped for. Within two months IntegraScan has given away background checks to almost 1000 organizations. These background checks have been responsible for catching several sex offenders and child abusers, along with numerous drug, alcohol and violence related charges.

This background check program is available to any non-profit or youth organization within the US. There are no additional requirements or stipulations. Organizations are heavily urged to apply for the background check grants as soon as possible as dollars are limited. The background check sign up form is located at the company’s website http://www.integrascan.com/safe-kids.php or you may contact them at 561-715-1705.

Parents and volunteers are urged to speak with their organizations director to let them know about this innovative program.

About IntegraScan: IntegraScan is a leading provider of public records and background checks within the United States. IntegraScan is committed to protecting our nation’s youth and shares the concerns of parents about the safety of their children.

Contact:

Terry Sweet

IntegraScan Inc

561-715-1705

sales2 (at) integrascan (dot) com

http://www.integrascan.com

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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Questions Recent Decision to Suspend Services for Vulnerable Immigrant Youth

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 8, 2009

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) questions the recent decision by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to suspend services for vulnerable immigrant youth and asks for an immediate review of the practice.

The passage of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 enabled children in ORR custody who have been granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) to be admitted into a foster care program that would provide them with critical services such as case management, education, mental health counseling and job training. These children have been deemed by the state and ORR to have been neglected, abused or abandoned by a parent. However, last week ORR informed LIRS that it would temporarily stop admitting these minors into the program due to budgetary constraints. This decision leaves children in temporary ORR custody until their 18th birthday when they are faced with being placed into an adult detention facility or released to a homeless shelter without the necessary support services.

Acting LIRS President Anne P. Wilson explains, “When the government grants SIJS to children who have been subjected to domestic violence, abuse or neglect, the government acknowledges their particular vulnerability and provides them with a green card and makes them eligible for much needed services. Denying services to these minors will have a profound and lasting effect on their lives.”

As a result of this decision, minors in U.S. custody who have already been abandoned, abused and neglected by their families face abandonment once again with no possibility of the continued care or services they desperately need. Just this week two young men seeking SIJS protection turned 18 while in ORR custody. One was picked up by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and placed into an adult immigration detention facility. This is the very same detention system that DHS announced this week is in need of major reform. The other child is being relocated to a local homeless shelter. These young men who want to work hard to rebuild their lives in the United States are now left with no home, few rights and little recourse.

“For the sake of these migrant youth at risk, we strongly urge HHS to reconsider this decision,” states LIRS Vice President for Protection and Programs Susan Krehbiel. “We further ask that the administration review the implementation of the law and Congress consider the urgent funding needs of ORR to ensure the protection of these vulnerable children. These two young men who turned 18 this week have already aged out of their eligibility for the foster care program, but it is not too late for others still in ORR’s care.”

Each year LIRS serves unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children who arrive to the United States alone, without the protection and the loving care of a parent or guardian. Through its foster care and family reunification programs LIRS finds homes for these vulnerable migrant children and provides the support services necessary to help them grow up to be healthy, productive adults.

Since 1939 LIRS has created welcoming communities for America’s newcomers. It is one of the nation’s leading agencies serving refugees and immigrants. The organization resettles refugees, protects migrant children, advocates for just treatment of asylum seekers, seeks alternatives to immigration detention and stands for unity for families fractured by unfair laws. To learn more about LIRS’s work of welcome, please visit http://www.lirs.org.

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Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 11, 2010

Outdoor Foundation and its lead partners announce Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival, an event that will bring together tens of thousands of festival-goers, including 500 delegates, from across the country to celebrate active outdoor living in New York’s Central Park on June 19 and 20. The event comes on the heels of The Outdoor Foundation’s Special Report on Youth, which found that outdoor participation among youth continues to decrease each year, with the rate of decline steepest among the youngest age groups.

A diverse group of partners, including The North Face, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Backpacker Magazine, The Conservation Fund and Mobilize.org, are empowering a new generation to champion the outdoors by developing a national agenda, top priorities and youth-led solutions that will be delivered to elected officials, and business and community leaders, as well as peers over the next year.

As part of the announcement, the organizations launched a ‘call for applications’ a national search for 500 change makers to travel to New York City and participate in this first-ever Youth Summit on the Outdoors. Delegates will be selected based on outdoor interest and a commitment to lead local, regional and national efforts that will reconnect youth and the outdoors.

“The North Face is proud to support such a ground-breaking initiative,” said Steve Rendle, President of The North Face and VF Corporation’s Outdoor Americas Coalition. “This event will be an impactful and empowering vehicle for engaging with our nation’s youth as we look for new and relevant ways to enable them to connect with the outdoor environment we are so passionate about.”

Presented by The North Face, the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival will combine outdoor activities and outdoor advocacy to raise awareness about the important role that the outdoors and recreational activities play in healthy active lifestyles. The goal of the initiative is to empower young leaders to start the next revolution by building an Outdoor Nation for this and future generations.

“There is a crisis in our country today. Young people are increasingly disconnected from the outdoors resulting in unprecedented levels of child obesity, depression, diabetes and ADHD. We need an outdoor revolution where young ‘Outsiders’ lead the way toward a healthier generation,” said Chris Fanning, Executive Director of Outdoor Foundation. “The Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival will bring leaders together for the first time to develop a national outdoor agenda, discuss youth-led solutions and receive the tools, training and resources to champion change on campuses and in communities.”

In an effort to harness the passion, energy and ideas of a new generation that is eager to influence the future and stand up for change; the Outdoor Nation Festival and Youth Summit will host delegations of 500 young people from each of the 50 states. Summit delegates will not only craft and deliver their message of change to the country, but strengthen the outdoor youth movement by infusing young leaders with new ideas, skills and connections, as well as opportunities for employment and action. Interested individuals can visit http://www.outdoornation.org/youthsummit and apply to be part of this ground-breaking event.

“The goal of the Summit is to motivate and mobilize hundreds of thousands of young people nationwide to reclaim, redefine and rediscover the outdoors” said Larry Selzer, President of The Conservation Fund. “What we are after is cultural change at a massive scale where a whole new generation is engaged with the natural world around them for their health and the health of our nation’s legacy of land and water resources.”

With additional lead support from The Conservation Fund and facilitated by Mobilize.org, the Summit will include key topics such as health, diversity, careers, service, recreation, education, media and culture.

“Protecting and preserving the environment is a top priority for Millennials around our country,” said Maya Enista, CEO of Mobilize.org. “Mobilize.org is excited to engage this group of youth and young adults in Democracy 2.0 and to help develop a national agenda Millennials can use while advocating for the environment in our communities and on our campuses.”

In addition to the Youth Summit, Outdoor Nation will partner with the NYC Parks Department’s annual outdoor sports celebration, Adventures NYC in Central Park, Manhattan’s largest urban playground, to bring outdoor adventure and entertainment playground, offering concerts, cultural festivities and nature-based activities such as climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking to kids from all around the country. In partnership with Backpacker and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Outdoor Nation will build upon Adventures NYC, resulting in the nation’s biggest event celebrating youth and the outdoors. All activities will be inclusive, open to the public and free of charge.

“The Parks Department is proud to partner with Backpacker Magazine and the Outdoor Foundation to expand Adventures NYC, our annual outdoor sports celebration, to children from all over the country,” said NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Adventures NYC and the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival showcase some of the most exciting activities New York City has to offer from kayaking to mountain biking to rock climbing. These sports and many more help fight obesity and encourage a lifetime of fitness, health and enjoying parks.”

“Adventures NYC showcases ‘The Outdoors at Your Doorstep’ in the world’s greatest urban Park,” says Kent Ebersole, Publisher of Backpacker magazine. “This year’s youth focus is a natural evolution of the festival, emphasizing the importance of reconnecting today’s youth with the great outdoors.”

Adding to the excitement will be a high-profile, two-day Conservation and Outdoor Career Fair, where public, private and not-for-profit organizations will provide information and advice on how to start a career in the outdoors.

Additional sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, CIGNA, Wilderness Systems, Dagger, Eastern Mountain Sports, Merrell, SmartWool, Mountain Hardwear and Paddle Advisory Council.

To follow Outdoor Nation on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/outdoornation.

About Outdoor Nation

As part of a broader national initiative, Outdoor Nation and its community of ‘Outsiders’ are committed to increasing and expanding youth participation through entertainment, education, engagement and action especially among urban communities and communities of color resulting in a healthier, more active generation.

About The North Face

Next Big Idea Fest Aims to Spark Interest Among NM Youth in Science, Technology as Future Career Path


Los Alamos, NM (Vocus) July 1, 2010

Los Alamos, New Mexico, has the highest number of people with PhDs per capita in the country, many who are inventors and scientists, which is why its only logical to host the 3rd annual “Next Big Idea festival – a festival of discovery, invention, and innovation – Saturday, July 17, with STEM Student Day on Friday, July 16.

But visitors to the Next Big Idea dont need a PhD to appreciate Alamos unique creative history, especially since the event has the potential to inspire many young New Mexicans to consider a future career in science, technology, engineering, math, and innovation.

The Next Big Idea is not only a great venue for adults interested in new and innovative ideas, but is a great way for young people to get a sense of what scientists and inventors do in a fun, relevant and hands-on way, said Los Alamos MainStreet Manager and organizer, Suzette Fox. Besides scientists and inventors, there will be a Kids Discovery Zone with hands-on science activities; a telekinetic Mind Flex game competition; Giant Volleyball games; the band, Last Call, will be performing and a variety of tasty food will be served from 11 a.m to 3 p.m at Ashley Pond on Saturday.

Study after study has shown that students in the United States lag behind their peers in many other countries when it comes to test scores in science and math. This academic disadvantage means that students turned-adults are less inclined to become engineers, scientists and inventors – something with which other countries have the competitive edge.

Making science and technology more interesting by letting students experiment and experience science in a laboratory rather than a book is the key, according to inventor Bob Hockaday, President of Energy Related Services, who will also lead a workshop at the Festival.

A childs vivid imagination is his or her greatest asset because they can eventually improve on an existing invention or come up with a new one – when you think about, childlike curiosity is at the root of discovery, Hockaday said. I can say from experience, that a child can make daydreams useful and she can make herself smarter just by asking questions and wondering how and why – theres a world of discovery out there; it hasnt all been discovered yet.

Like many inventors who are participating in the Festival, Hockaday has several inventions that are currently being utilized and patents pending on other inventions. Some inventions are even being used to protect the U.S. military including Hockadays safety goggles that prevent fogging and improve air flow to reduce the collection of dust – something that is very useful in sandy environments such as Iraq.

I was a daydreamer as a kid and at the bottom percentile of my class because of my grades, so Im proof that you dont have to be a genius to become an inventor or a scientist, you just have to have the desire to learn more and to want to improve peoples lives with your ideas. Like Einstein said – necessity is the mother of invention. Inventors are ultimately a bunch of dissatisfied people trying to figure out how they can make something better, Hockaday added.

On July 16th, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m., students from grades seven through 12 can learn more about a future in the field of science, technology, engineering or math during the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Student Day. Activities include a full, fun day of meeting scientists and inventors and a free concert in the evening at Ashley Pond. The cost is $ 50 per student. Registration is still open and can be done online at http://www.nextbigideala.com.

Then on Saturday, July 17 young people will feel right at home with a hands-on Discovery Zone at the Festival, featuring interactive innovations and discoveries that they can actually touch, see and experience with all the senses. The Festival is free to the public and takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.

The Next Big Idea is sponsored by Los Alamos Main Street, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos National Securities LLC, Compa Industries Inc, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, Innovate-Educate New Mexico and New Mexico Consortium, among others. However, sponsorship is still available. Contact Suzette Fox at (505) 661-4844 for details.

For more information, contact Suzette Fox at (505) 661-4844 or Suzette(at)losalamos(dot)org or visit http://www.nextbigideala.com for complete details. Ashley Pond is located off of NM 502/Trinity Drive. From Albuquerque, take I-25 northbound to the Santa Fe exit to exit 282. From there, merge onto US 285/S St. Francis Dr and continue for 19 miles to NM 502 to Los Alamos.

For general information on Los Alamos, visit fyila.com or http://www.visit.losalamos.com.

About Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation. The goal of Los Alamos MainStreet is the support a vibrant downtown through events, promoions, participation in planning and design projects and business assistance. Other events produced by Los Alamos MainStreet each year include the Fair & Rodeo Parade, Halloweekend and Winterfest. Visit http://lamainstreet.com/ for more.

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American Youth Football & Cheer Announces Launch of Comprehensive Online Registration Service


Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 7, 2011

American Youth Football & Cheer (“AYF”), the world’s largest youth football and cheerleading organization, today unveiled an exclusive, secure online registration and roster management service for AYF families, coaches and volunteers.

Each of AYF’s 17,800 member teams will now be able to process registrations and payments, manage rosters and facilitate background checks on coaches, officials and league volunteers using proprietary technology developed by SportsSignup, a national provider of online sports registration services.

The new service is accessible through the AYF homepage or the websites of affiliated leagues and will be overseen and operated by AYF administrators.

AYF has 625,000 participants and affiliated leagues in all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico, Western Europe and Asia. Several of its member organizations already were clients of SportsSignup, whose software and services have helped more than 1,500 youth sports organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

SportsSignup will provide its robust registration platform, software support and database management services for AYF. “SportsSignup’s package of services aligned perfectly with AYF’s mission to minimize paperwork and other registration obstacles while also ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants,” said Joe Galat, president of AYF.

“This is a watershed moment in our history, and it would not have been possible without the track record and reputation we have established for outstanding quality and service,” said Anthony Bruno, CEO of SportsSignup. “We’re grateful for the confidence and trust American Youth Football & Cheer is showing in our people and our products, and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship and our services in the months and years to come.”

SportsSignup, headquartered in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., facilitates several hundred thousand registration transactions each year for youth sports programs as well as individual events such as road races. In 2010, it surpassed $ 100 million in secure online credit card transactions.

“This new service allows our parents, coaches and volunteers to spend more time parenting, coaching and serving, and much less time filling out and collecting forms,” said Mr. Galat. “We’re taking what had been a major time commitment and reducing it substantially while taking additional steps to protect everyone involved. We see it as an extremely positive step for AYF and all of its families.”

About American Youth Football

Cuomo Budget Proposal Would Eliminate 34% of Shelter Beds for Homeless Youth in NYC; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth Disproportionately Harmed


(Vocus/PRWEB) March 21, 2011

According to an analysis by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget would drastically reduce support from New York State for homeless youth, with 37 shelter beds for youth facing closure. Currently New York State and New York City combine funds to support 108 youth shelter beds, even though a recent census indicated that over 3,000 youth are without shelter every night.

The Governors budget proposal of a new Primary Prevention Incentive Program (PPIP) would consolidate a variety of child welfare, juvenile justice, and youth development programs into a competitive block grant. This proposal eliminates $ 85 million in existing youth and family services to create the new PPIP block grant, to be funded at $ 35 million. The grant will be allocated to local social services districts on a competitive basis forcing different localities to compete for vastly reduced funds for the protection of disadvantaged youth. State funds previously dedicated to homeless youth would be eliminated.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth suffering homelessness would be disproportionately harmed by these cuts. LGBT youth comprise 40% of the homeless youth population of New York City, and according to a 2007 census commissioned by the New York City Council, over 1,000 LGBT youth are without shelter every night. Homeless LGBT youth without shelter often are forced to resort to prostitution in order to survive, and approximately 20% become HIV infected. Homeless LGBT youth are at extraordinary risk of suicide, with 62% admitting to having considered or attempted suicide.

“I can only hope that the Cuomo Administration, in proposing these cuts, did not understand their impact on homeless youth,” said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center. “It is unimaginable to me that the Governor would find it acceptable to throw homeless kids out of shelter beds, abandoning them to the streets to resolve a budget crisis. With so many youths’ lives at risk as they suffer on the streets waiting for shelter, we cannot give up even one bed. I am confident that the LGBT community will join us in letting the Governor know that we cannot tolerate such inhumane mistreatment of our most vulnerable youth.

The Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homeless services center, is gathering support from the New York LGBT community and its allies. Concerned individuals in the thousands are reaching out to Governor Cuomo and to your State Senator and Assembly members and let them know you are strongly opposed to the plan to eliminate support for youth shelter beds and demand that youth shelter beds are fully restored in the 2011 budget. Change.org, an online petition site that works to promote progressive laws and corporate policies , as well as to make communities healthier, safer, and more equitable, recently posted a petition protesting the proposed cuts, which has garnered nearly 13,000 thousand signatures. The petition can be viewed here:

http://www.change.org/#search/ali%20forney%20center

AFC will continue to actively engage all those who care about homeless LGBT youth in a variety of ways, including through online organizing and in-person advocacy in Albany. Last week, AFC sent a busload of youth and advocates to speak with their representatives about the impending crisis if these budget cuts are implemented.

The Ali Forney Center’s mission is to help homeless LGBT youth be safe and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Too many of these youth are rejected by their families and the broader community, and are thus forced to survive on the streets, facing the dangers of violence, HIV infection and homophobia. AFC is committed to providing homeless LGBT youth with the services they need to thrive, including shelter, HIV prevention and vocational training. For more information, go to http://www.aliforneycenter.org.

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High School Football Kickoff Signals the Annual Rush of Youth Tooth Losses, says San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist


San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

High school football kicked off around the country this month, ushering in another year of youth sports, during which 3 million student teeth are expected to be lost, says veteran San Antonio cosmetic dentist Edward Camacho, DDS.

Athletics are an important part of health and social growth,Dr. Camacho said. But they provide risks to childrens mouths that can have long-term consequences. Its vital that parents understand and guard against these risks, and know first-aid procedures that may save a tooth thats been knocked out.

According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, about 3 million teeth will be knocked out as about 30 million youths participate in athletics this year. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General reports that craniofacial injuries account for a full third of all non-fatal sports injuries overall. And its not just football, with its violent clashes of pads and helmets.

Basketball and baseball are the two biggest mouth-injuring sports, reports Dr. Stephen Mitchell, of the University of Alabamas Department of Pediatric Dentistry. And the most common injuries we see are broken, displaced or knocked-out teeth, and broken jaws.

In part, this is because mouthguards and face-protecting helmets are not required for many sports, as they are in football, hockey and lacrosse. Mitchell recommends custom-fit mouthguards as the most effective insurance against tooth trauma for youth with permanent teeth. For younger children, with baby teeth, he recommends over-the-counter mouthguards that can be heated and molded to the teeth since their dentition is in transition.

About a quarter of dental injuries can still occur with mouthguards in place. Quick first-aid action and dental treatment may save a lost tooth, Dr. Camacho said. And the cost of not acting quickly to save a permanent tooth can be dramatic.

The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that the cost to treat a lost permanent tooth and provide followup care ranges from $ 5,000 to $ 20,000 over a lifetime.

If a tooth is broken or cracked, parents should get the young athlete to the dentist within 24 hours, Dr.Camacho said. But if the tooth is knocked out, there is no time to wait. Action must be taken within minutes to have the best chance to save the tooth. First aid steps include: