Federal Program Spotlight: Family and Youth Services Bureau

FamilyYouthServicesIn the series highlighting federal programs, Transform Consulting Group is now highlighting the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). FYSB is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support organizations and communities that work to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence.

FYSB offers an array of services and programs in an effort to support the social and emotional well-being of youth and families. FYSB offers three key programs:

  1. Runaway and Homeless Youth Program supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect this population. An executive summary of young people who experienced homelessness is available here.
  2. Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), which is the primary federal funding source dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.
  3. Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program supports prevention of pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents by promoting comprehensive sex education, adulthood preparation programs and abstinence education.

The FYSB programs rely on partnerships between state, local and community based organizations to administer the identified programs and services. The Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA) supports Youth Service Bureaus across the state that deliver community based services. To find a list of all current FYSB grantees, click on this map.

Transform Consulting Group has worked with IYSA and its members to have clear outcomes to track and monitor their progress in supporting youth in their community.