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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: An Overview According to data cited by the National Institute of Mental Health, “just over 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.”[1] Similarly, the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Study found that […]

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week: An Overview Every year, the Centers for Disease Control releases a Youth Violence Facts at a Glance data sheet, and the report disbursed in 2016 presents a myriad of troubling statistics. According to CDC data, “homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24 […]

 
 

What You Should Know About School Bus Bullying: Statistics, Prevention, and More Students need to feel safe on the bus. After all, it’s how they start and end their school day. We’ve talked about bullying in schools before, but what about bullying on school buses? Unfortunately, about ten percent of all reported middle and high […]

 
 

Federal Grant Data Collection & Reporting Requirements for Coalitions If your nonprofit or coalition is the recipient of a federally funded grant, you will likely be required to collect a variety of data points as part of the award process. This data is then reported to federal agencies charged with its evaluation. Accurate and comprehensive […]

 
 

Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year[1] and that one in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.[2] Teen dating violence is a serious problem affecting adolescents across the nation, […]

 
 

Community Engagement Strategies for Nonprofits As anyone who has been involved in a nonprofit alliance or coalition can attest, community engagement is critical to the success and continued operation of such an organization. Without the support of the community in which it operates, a nonprofit has little chance for long-term prosperity. However, engaging the community […]

 
 

Finding Alternative Funding Sources for Community Coalitions The search for reliable, ongoing sources of funding can often be a near-constant process for many community coalitions. Classified as non-profits and needing money to guarantee continued operation, coalitions can face a lot of financial uncertainty. And, while federal grant programs are available, many of them expire after […]

 
 

3 Ways Surveys Can Help Your Community Coalition with Grant Funding As a member of a non-profit, community-based coalition, you understand the need to seek out funding for your organization. Unfortunately, attaining a regular and predictable influx of federal funding to support your coalition’s programs and goals is not as easy as simply applying for […]

 
 

Online Student Surveys vs. Paper Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages If your school has decided to conduct a student survey, you’re likely facing a number of critical decisions regarding the surveying process. One of these questions may be whether to use web-based, online surveys or paper and pencil surveys. Paper questionnaires are more traditional and have […]

 
 

How to Survey Students: Tips for Conducting a School Survey Student surveys are a proven way for community coalitions and schools to evaluate a variety of factors and make effective, data-based decisions. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Teaching Effectiveness project found that “student survey results are predictive of student achievement” and “that […]

 
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