The National Network for Youth is partnering with the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ National Conference on Ending Homelessness to be held in Washington DC on July 13–15, 2011.

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This partnership will provide National Network for Youth members, and other providers of RHY services with the opportunity to come to DC to participate in important conversations about the state of the field, join conversations defining Best Practice in RHY work, advocate on Capitol Hill for RHY and other homeless services funding and network with like-minded providers.

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National Network for Youth ‘Best Practice’ Pre-Conference Event

The partnership between the NAEH and the National Network for Youth has resulted in relevant learning opportunities throughout the conference, starting with a special pre-conference event on the morning of July 13th focusing on a national conversation of Best Practice within the RHY field. This session will examine evidence-based models to serve at-risk and homeless youth and explore efforts underway to develop further evidence on what works to prevent and end youth homelessness.

The pre-conference will include:

An overview of the Family and Youth Services initiative to promote street outreach strategies that are grounded in evidence-based practice;

A review of promising and evidence-based practice models identified by the National Network for Youth Best Practice Focus Group and the Youth and Families Services Network; and

A case study examining a local agency’s use of evidence-based practices with runaway and homeless youth.

All National Network for Youth members and other individuals whose agencies serve at-risk and homeless youth are encouraged to attend this pre-conference session.

The pre-conference session will provide participants ample opportunity for interaction.

National Network ‘Best Practice’ Pre-Conference Event – Wednesday, July 13th from 9:00 AM–12:00 noon.

National Network for Youth Annual Meeting – Thursday, July 14th from 8:00AM-9:00AM

Hill Visits – Friday, July 15th – Meet with your Congressional Representatives and take part in Federal Advocacy

There are a limited number of conference registration and hotel rooms available. Please act today. We don’t want you to miss this opportunity. Register now!

Throughout the event, the conference will provide a number of workshops designed with input from the National Network for Youth to be particularly relevant to youth service providers. A sample of the content is included below:

LGBTQ Youth: Improving our Response and Gaining Community Support It is estimated that as many as 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness in select cities across the nation are LGBTQ-identified. This workshop will explore program improvements to better serve LGBTQ youth, to build better funding applications, and to improve data collection along the way. In addition, this workshop will help organizations respond to changes in federal funding requirements and will also focus on working with the faith-based community, LGBTQ organizations, and community members.

Expanding Housing Options for Youth: HPRP Innovations The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) provides communities with flexible funds to house families and individuals experiencing homelessness. A number of communities have appropriated some of these funds specifically for homeless youth providers. In other communities, youth providers and homeless service providers have formed partnerships to serve youth with these funds. This workshop will examine a variety of strategies providers are using to house youth with HPRP, and will also briefly review HPRP guidelines.

Preventing Youth Homelessness: Risk Mitigation and Family Reunification One of the primary goals of working with runaway and homeless youth is reunifying them with their families. Helping families decrease rejecting behavior, increase acceptance of LGBTQ youth, and teaching young parents can prevent future runaway episodes. This workshop focuses on what can be done to strengthen families to support at-risk youth, decrease youth’s risky behavior, and help youth identify mentors and kin for extended support.

Transitional Living Programs for Youth: What Works Transitional Living Programs (TLPs) are critical in providing necessary services for runaway and homeless youth. This workshop will examine how TLPs can improve the housing, economic, and social outcomes of unaccompanied homeless youth. It will explore a variety of TLP models including congregate, scattered-site, and transition-in-place strategies, as well as services that promote positive development, education, and employment. Presenters will discuss strategies to improve program outcomes through enhancing data collection and analysis, expanding housing options, and reducing barriers to TLPs for youth.

Connecting with Youth: Approaches for Street Outreach and Basic Centers Connecting runaway and homeless youth with services and housing options is paramount. This workshop is for all providers who interface with youth. It will examine best practices to identify and engage unaccompanied minors and youth and move them to places of safety. Approaches that improve services to youth will be explored, including: lowering thresholds to screen in the highest need youth, cultural competency (including for immigrant populations), and positive youth development.

Lessons Learned: Transitional Employment for Families, Singles, and Youth Unemployment and underemployment can put households at risk of or cause an episode of homelessness. Transitional employment can expand job opportunities for those with the greatest barriers. This workshop will examine partnerships and programs that provide transitional employment services to youth, ex-offenders, and family heads of household. Collaborating with Schools to Serve Children and Youth Homelessness can be extremely disruptive to school attendance and performance. Public schools across the country are increasingly identifying homeless children and unaccompanied homeless youth. This workshop will examine partnerships that homeless service providers have forged with schools in order to better respond to both the housing and educational needs of students. These collaborations help identify youth and families in need of housing assistance, provide safe and developmentally appropriate housing, and help children stay engaged in school.

Improving the Response to Youth in and out of the Juvenile Justice System: Many homeless youth have been involved with the juvenile justice system, or are at risk of involvement. Presenters will profile strategies to de-criminalize behavior of youth living on the street, engage youth to promote safety and stability, and identify mentors within and outside of the juvenile justice system. They will also cover methods of helping youth with records navigate systems in order to get housing, employment, legal, and service needs met.

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Jeffrey Fetzko


June 13, 2011

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