Sponsored by the Downtown Cluster of Congregations and Wesley Theological Seminary, the No Child Left Outside summit will rally Washington’s faith community in support of the needs of our homeless children who are trying to succeed in DC public schools on On Saturday, October 30th, 2010, at Mt Vernon United Methodist Church in downtown DC (900 Massachusetts Ave, NW).

Projections vary, but in 2010 the District of Columbia Public Schools estimated that there are more than 1,200 students in their system struggling with homelessness. These young people are at much higher risk for dropping out of school, suffering from long-term unemployment, and entering the criminal justice system.

Currently our city government is unable to mobilize the resources necessary to meet the needs of these most vulnerable young people.

The No Child Left Outside Summit will equip clergy and laity to leverage the assets of their faith community in support of meeting the needs of these children.  Action sessions will provide attendees with tools and skills to take back to their congregations.  The Summit will charter ongoing working groups that will continue to mobilize resources in support of these children.

Those interested in attending this free summit should contact Adam Briddell at nochildleftoutside@gmail.com.  You can also follow news for the summit on Facebook under No Child Left Outside

Action Sessions will include…

1) Physical Housing

 Speakers include Ron McCoy, Interim Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program at the DC Housing Authority; Donna Grigsby, Community Development Manager at TD Bank; and Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director of the National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness.

• Where are there opportunities for church and individual property owners to contribute to the Section 8 housing program and mobilize additional housing stock for homeless families with children?

• How can our churches help finance permanent, supportive housing for families, and where are there opportunities for churches to partner with nonprofit and forprofit developers?

2) Support and Social Services

• Speakers include Deborah Shore, Sasha Bruce Youthwork; Patricia Fugere, Executive Director of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; Aisha Williams from the Center for Capacity Building at the National Alliance to End Homelessness; and Clarence Carter (invited), Director of the DC Department of Human Services.

• How can Washington’s faith community help ensure that unique needs of homeless children in our public schools are met?

3) Circles of Mentoring

• Led by Edith Yoder, Executive Director of Bridge of Hope National.

• How can churches and church members connect with homeless families in mentoring relationships?

4) Mobilizing our Communities

• Speakers include Rev. Joseph Daniels (invited), Emory Fellowship United Methodist Church; Rev. Lionel Edmonds (invited), Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church; and Rev. Dean Snyder, Foundry United Methodist Church.

• How can we inspire leaders within the faith community to mobilize their assets in support of homeless children?

5) School Partnerships

• Speakers include representatives from the District’s public schools.

• How can churches connect with their local schools and serve at-risk children and their families?

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A special thanks to the many partners coming together to make this event a reality:

• Children’s Defense Fund • Hope and a Home • National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty • Asbury United Methodist Church • Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church • Foundry United Methodist Church • Sasha Bruce Youthwork




October 12, 2010

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