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NN4Y Salutes Y2Y’s Sam & Sarah
Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz are the co-founders of Y2Y Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Y2Y Harvard Square is the nation’s first student-run overnight shelter. It employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. This unique shelter concept is the brainchild of the 2014 Harvard College graduates. Young adults 18-24 years old are served by the shelter. Both Sam and Sarah work full-time as co-directors for the shelter.
Y2Y’s creatively designed housing. Photo credit: Y2Y Harvard Square
We selected Sam and Sarah for a bold salute because of their innovative outlook to helping to prove solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. They conceptualized this concept as students and have been successful in bringing it to light. In the Y2Y model, guests have opportunities to collaborate with service providers, other youth experiencing homelessness. Student volunteers to create sustainable pathways out of homelessness and develop skills. We congratulate Sam, Sarah, their board of directors and shelter staff team on their outstanding work in providing solutions for the nation’s young people at-risk of and experiencing homelessness.
September 2017 – National Network for Youth
Sam Greenberg is co-founder of Y2Y Harvard Square, the nation’s first student run homeless shelter for young adults. Sam is a 2014 graduate of Harvard College, where he wrote his honors thesis on homelessness in Harvard Square. He served as the Staff Director at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and as Vice President of the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student led non-profit at Harvard College. He is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur and an Elliot and Anne Richardson Fund Fellowship recipient. Additionally, he’s a member of Boston’s City Awake Leadership Council. Sam has also been named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship. He received an honorable mention for the Boston Globe Magazine’s Bostonian of the Year.
Sarah Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Y2Y Harvard Square, the nation’s first student run homeless shelter for young adults, which opened in December, 2015. A 2014 graduate of Harvard College, she studied psychology and global health. Sarah served as the Resource Advocacy Director at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. At the shelter she is also a Health Leads Advocate and a Peer Counselor. She is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, PBHA Stride Public Service Fellowships recipient. Moreover, she is also a member of Boston’s City Awake Delegates Leadership Council. Sarah has been named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship and honorable mention for the Boston Globe Magazine’s Bostonian of the Year.
The National Network for Youth’s #boldsalute campaign is designed to highlight the work and efforts of those who have decided to be part of the solution by being change makers in their national and global communities. We intensively research national heroes in the fight to end youth homelessness and invite you to be social media partners with our honorees by following their efforts via Twitter and Facebook. #boldsalute @nn4youth.