Andrew Palomo joins NN4Y as the Director of Community Strategies with over 15 years of experience working with runaway and homeless youth (RHY). He began his career as overnight staff for a transitional living program and youth shelter in Pennsylvania. Andrew has held many positions in RHY programs from case manager to therapist to supervisor. Andrew supervised a maternity group home where he was responsible for the well-being of 12 parenting and pregnant young people.
Andrew was actively involved in the youth sub-committee of his local Continuum of Care (CoC) where he led the first YouthCount in his area. Andrew was a key partner in implementing Allentown’s first drop-in center for homeless LGBT youth. He worked with his local Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in developing programming at the drop-in center. One of his greatest achievements was developing leadership opportunities for YAB members. Currently, 2 YAB members have been hired on staff at the drop-in center – one member was hired as a case manager and one as a peer navigator. Andrew is passionate in developing authentic partnerships with young people and the community.
Andrew is passionate about cross-systems collaboratives. While supervising the Maternity Group Home, Andrew was involved in an integrated health collaborative which brought together various community partners to improve the health outcomes of homeless youth.
In 2013, Andrew received a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship where he spent a year working with the Ministry of Education of Guatemala to implement inclusive education for all youth, including homeless LGBT youth.
Andrew holds a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University and is currently finishing up his doctorate where he is studying the impact policy has on young people.