2018 National RHY Grantees Training: Bridge Over Troubled Waters attends

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is a National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantee

Hosted by the Administration for Children & Families, this conference convened key stakeholders to learn about emerging best practices in providing effective services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

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A Framework for Success: Resiliency of Runaway and Homeless Youth

Executive Director Elisabeth Jackson, Director of Programs Peter Ducharme, and Adolescent Runaway Counselor Jade Shaughnessy attended the 2018 conference in Austin, Texas 2018.

During this three-day conference, staff attended 16 workshops focusing on innovative models for outreach and basic center programs, purpose-driven supervision, data management, advocacy and program sustainability.

Panel: Expertise in Staff Development and Support

Working on the front lines, helping support homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth can lead to compassion fatigue, staff “burnout” and turnover.

Along with her four fellow panelists, Executive Director Elisabeth Jackson discussed how to implement a successful workplace culture and climate, what kind of workforce development programming to establish, and how they provide support in their own organizations.

Poster Session

Our poster highlighted the innovative approach Bridge takes towards Supportive Case Management.

Our counselors ensure that youth take the lead in the conversation-guided case management process. Using iPad technology, which motivates and encourages youth to rate their progress toward meeting goals and program requirements on a sliding scale, the process facilitates capacity for program providers to collect data and focus services, based on aggregated results for each individual, and to document client changes and progress over time.