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Family Support America
Family Support America, formerly Family Resource Coalition of America, promotes family support as the nationally recognized movement to strengthen and support families, and places the principles of family support practice at the heart of every setting in which children and families are present. By identifying and connecting individuals and organizations that have contact with families; providing technical assistance, training and education, conferences, and publications; and promoting the voice of families, Family Support America takes family support to scale as the national strategy for ensuring the well-being of our children today and in the years to come.

Fight Crime: Invest In Kids
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an organization led by more than 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence and leaders of police officer associations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids researches and evaluates the effectiveness of crime prevention strategies, develops policy recommendations and educates opinion makers. This website serves as an information clearinghouse for journalists, policy makers and the public by offering publications, presentations, reports and briefs on national and state policy issues related to crime prevention.

First Night
First Night is a community celebration of the New Year through the arts. It is an alcohol-free, public celebration that marks the passage from the old year to the new with art, ritual and festivity. The First Night website includes facts, conferences, publications and local First Night websites.

This site aims to build the human service community online. Through Handsnet's WebClipper service, users are able to get human services content, including action alerts, in one place. It also offers a training program that provides hands-on classes, management seminars, and strategic planning workshops for nonprofit professionals all over the country.

Holding Ground
This is a one-hour documentary that tells how a diverse Boston neighborhood was able to create and carry out its own agenda for fundamental change. It provides hope for all communities trying to create change despite public policies that may be working against such efforts.

Housing Rights, Inc.
Housing Rights, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to eradicate housing discrimination and to promote understanding by tenants and landlords of their rights and responsibilities through outreach, investigation, mediation, education and enforcement of fair housing laws. The Project also addresses issues related to the housing rights of immigrants. This website provides information and resources related to housing issues.

Institute for Cultural Affairs
The Institute of Cultural Affairs is designed to develop and implement methods of individual, community and organizational development. This website includes information about the Institute's activities which include community meeting facilitation, educational research and training, organizational transformation, youth and women's programs, sustainable rural development symposia and projects, leadership training, personal development workshops, strategic planning seminars, conference facilitation, documentation and evaluation and offices in the United States and other areas of the country.

Institute for Public Strategies (IPS)
IPS provides leadership and strategies that support changes in public and private policy and community standards and norms. The website furthers this goal by providing information about media advocacy and how science and data can be used as tools for prevention. Examples on specific issues are shared throughout the site.

Join Together: A National Resource for Communities Fighting Substance Abuse and Gun Violence
This website offer funding information, daily news about substance abuse and gun violence, facts, resources (books, manuals, Join Together publications), and weblinks. Also included are links to its other three websites, Quitnet (, Demand Treatment, and Fighting Back.

Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community
Serving in the role of community convener and facilitator, the Coalition is committed to reducing drug abuse, addiction, and directly related social problems in the Miami-Dade Community. This website provides information useful in planning and implementing successful community strategies and programs designed for these purposes.

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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.