2019 National Summit on Youth Homelessness
2019 Summit

Day One: Monday, March 18, 2019

7:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration Check-In
7:15 am – 8:45 am Member’s Only Breakfast & Strategy Session
During our forty-fourth annual membership meeting, you will learn about our ongoing work and plans for the future. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions and discuss their own efforts throughout the country.
***Attendance to the breakfast is limited to NN4Y members only.
8:45 – 9:00 am Break
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome – Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth
9:30 am – 10:30 am National Youth Advisory Council Session
This interactive session with our National Youth Advisory Council provides the opportunity to learn about their work and how to effectively engage and empower young leaders to define a policy agenda and educate the public, youth service providers and policymakers as experts on youth homelessness.
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am A New Congress and YYA Homelessness
The 116th Congress is considering many pieces of legislation that will impact efforts to prevent and respond to youth and young adult homeless. Hear the latest updates on NN4Y’s legislative agenda, and the current situation on Capitol Hill.  Attendees will also receive specific tips and guidance for successful Congressional meetings during Tuesday’s Hill Day.

  • Eric Masten, Director of Public Policy, National Network for Youth
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Keynote – Rob Scheer
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Break

Afternoon of breakout sessions:

  • Introductory Practice Track: Hot topics for practitioner new to the youth homelessness field.

  • Advanced Practice Track: Hot topics for those who have been doing the work for several years.

  • Nonprofit CEO Track: Peer-to-peer learning on topics that nonprofit CEOs are grappling with.  

  • Education Practice Track: Early childhood, K-12 and higher education co-convened with SchoolHouse Connection

  Introductory Practice Track Advanced Practice Track Nonprofit CEO Track Education Practice Track
1:15 – 2:25 pm Collaborating With Youth for Effective Program Delivery

Members of NN4Y’s National Youth Advisory Council discuss best practices regarding how to authentically build relationships, collaborate, and partner with young people in programs and policy within local communities. The workshop will address strategies for multi-organization collaboration and increasing youth engagement to support organizational goals without tokenizing. Additionally, the session will help leaders identify barriers and resolutions to support the successful transition of youth being serviced to adulthood, independence, and advocates for other youth experiencing homelessness.

Ben Saldana, Case Manager/Outreach Specialist, Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program, CT

Aja Ellington, BSW, Lead Case Manager of Youth SErvice Bureau TLPs, South Bend, IN

Tommy Diaz,  Landscape Architect Student at Cal Polytechnic Pomona & Advocate for Foster Youth Rights, CA

Developing Local Partnerships & Capacity to Build a Coordinated System Response to Youth Homelessness

Youth REACH is a Maryland initiative to better understand youth homelessness locally to inform and grow local and state efforts to address youth homelessness. We will explore how Youth REACH helped foster local and state collaborations to develop coordinated responses to youth homelessness within communities and support state policy changes. The System of Care model will be shared as a framework and Prince George’s County will share their community’s process of developing a data- and youth-informed coordinated system of care to address youth homelessness, including recommendations and tools for other communities.

Amanda Miller, MSW, Youth REACH MD Project Director, MD

Renee Ensor Pope, MEd, Assistant Director, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, MD

Racial Equity in Program Delivery and Organizations

How can your organization implement a racial equity approach to both its operations as well as its approach to serving young people at-risk of and experiencing homelessness?  Due to historical and contemporary structural racism people of color are overrepresented among young people experiencing homelessness. Learn some approaches to ensure work toward racial equity in your programs and services.

Freddie Brown, District Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Louisville, Louisville, KY

Pat Holterman-Hommes, Chief Executive Officer, Youth in Need, St. Charles, MO

Tricia Vineyard, Chief Program Officer, Youth In Need, St. Charles, MO

High school graduation for unaccompanied youth

The greatest risk factor for young adult homelessness is lacking a high school diploma or equivalent. This session will share legal rights and practical strategies to get youth to high school graduation. Presenters will discuss ways to increase school stability, attendance, participation, and accrual of credits. Transitions to higher education and financial aid also will be addressed. Strategies to help pregnant and parenting teens in particular will be addressed.

Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection

Jillian Sitjar, Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection

Susie Terry, Project Specialist, Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program & Homeless Education Services, San Diego County Office of Education, CA

Kylee Fuhr, McKinney-Vento Liaisons, St. Lucie Public Schools, FL

2:30 – 3:40 pm Increasing Self-Sufficiency in Youth Thru Harm Reduction and Strengthening Informal Supports

Whether mandated by funding, part of permanency planning, or influenced by the needs of runaway and homeless youth (RHY), self-sufficiency is the goal.  Self-sufficiency can be accomplished in many ways, including creating and maintaining permanent supportive relationships. Often, RHY struggle to maintain concrete supports, which can lead to instability and threatens self-sufficiency.  This interactive workshop will address the importance of informal supports for RHY and strategies for service providers to support RHY in strengthening their individual informal support system.

Kim Frierson, MSSW, National Safe Place Network, Louisville, KY

April Carthorn, National Safe Place Network, Louisville, KY

How & Why We Do What We Do: Neuro-Informed Engagement Considerations for RHY Work

“How we are” is critical to “what we do” and “who we help.” Attendees will engage in a dynamic and interactive presentation on the importance of considering social capital for the RHY community. Seizing on science and human connection can set programs apart and propel their contributions to the RHY population and the field. Presenters will share information on how we are all hard-wired to be social, and how trauma and toxic stress present challenges to RHY serving organizations. Thoughts from neuroscience about how co-regulating and coaching can support soft skill development and self-regulation in young adults will be discussed. Presenters will share ideas about how programming can support staff in order to provide responsive and effective engagement techniques. Presenters will describe how agencies can incorporate a relational framework that promotes behavior change necessary for life long functioning and wellbeing.

Krysta Esquivel, MSW, YMCA San Diego, CA

Kristina Halmai-Gillan, MFT, YMCA San Diego, CA

Partnering with Philanthropy and Businesses to Catalyze Systemic Change

How is your organization partnering with foundations and the business sector to drive systemic change in your community? What can you do to build meaningful relationships that leads to true partnerships resulting in improved outcomes for young people at-risk of and experiencing homelessness? This session will be a facilitated discussion where each facilitator will share about their experiences, lessons they have learned and facilitate a dynamic conversation so that each attendee will leave with concrete strategies they can implement in their communities and states.

Paul Butler, Program Officer, Schultz Family Foundation

Angela Vigil, Pro Bono Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Housing-Education Partnerships: Working Together Today and Tomorrow

Education helps prepare youth for success in housing; housing helps youth find success in education. This session will provide practical information about housing-education partnerships at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Panelists will provide tips for starting and maintaining these partnerships and describe how education and housing together contribute to sustained exits from homelessness.

Jillian Sitjar, Higher Education Program Manager, SchoolHouse Connection

Ellen McLaughlin, Program Director, Sarasota YWCA Schoolhouse Link

Dr. Patricia Popp, McKinney-Vento State Coordinator, VA

Corey Stewart, Director of Outreach and Engagement, Georgetown Scholarship Program

Marissa Meyers, Practitioner-Researcher, Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, Temple University

3:40 – 3:50 pm Break
3:50 – 5:00 pm Flip It & Reverse It: A Community Approach to Ending Homelessness

When a Housing Navigator crossed paths with the National Resource Center for Youth Services a unique alliance was formed. A collaboration that’s led to the sharing of resources, data, and funding streams to implement a statewide housing plan. Hear how NRCYS, the OK Department of Human Services, & the OK Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse are aligning missions to create housing opportunities. In a time of growing funding concerns, stigmatizing attitudes towards youth involved in systems of care, and lack of connectivity, the State of Oklahoma is working hard to build a network of unconventional supports and opportunities to create lasting solutions to ending youth homelessness.

Amanda Aunko, National Resource Center for Youth Services, OK

Joshua De Bartolo, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, OK

Andru Dallaly, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, OK

Improving Outcomes for Youth Experiencing Homelessness through Early Family Engagement and Conflict Resolution

This interactive workshop will explore the development of an innovative intervention model by Marian Carney of New Beginnings. This session will examine aspects of a family mediation model that has evolved over 20 years into an effective intervention that incorporates the agency’s models of trauma-informed care consisting of strength-based, positive youth development, risk reduction and culturally sensitive techniques.  In addition to facilitating family mediation and developing reunification plans, staff are trained in mediating conflict between peers in what we term “mediation on the fly” as well as conflict coaching whereby youth are coached in resolving conflict with others on their own. Presenters will also talk about their work with special populations such as immigrant and LGBTQ youth.  In particular, they will explain how staff have been trained by Caitlin Ryan, founder of the Family Acceptance Project and now incorporate elements of her work into mediations with LGBTQ youth and their families.  Finally, they will describe the improved  outcomes experienced by the agency as a result of this mediation project.

Marian Carney, New Beginnings, Lewiston, ME

Rosie Moreau, New Beginnings, Lewiston, ME

Board Advocacy & Stand For Your Mission

Are your Board Directors knowledgeable about the policies that impact the operation of your program?  Are they informed and encouraged to engage in advocacy that would help your agency better respond to the needs of youth at-risk of and experiencing homelessness?  Learn about the Stand for Your Mission model of engaging your board in advocacy.  You will also hear how one agency implemented this model and the real impact that has resulted.

Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource, DC

Melinda Giovengo, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Care, Seattle, WA

State Policy Advocacy to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

Frustrated with the pace of federal policy advocacy? Youth experiencing homelessness need action now to remove barriers to services, education, and employment, and state legislatures can be a fruitful source of quick and powerful policy change. This session will share practical strategies for successful state policy advocacy, including ready-to-use resources like state law research, sample issue briefs, and even draft bill language. Panelists will discuss their experiences with state policy advocacy, including efforts in the current session to pass legislation related to higher education, child care, minor consent, and access to vital documents. The critical role of youth themselves in leading state policy, and strategies to ensure youth leadership, also will be discussed.

Chris Bicknell, Executive Director, New Beginnings, ME

Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection, DC

Arash Ghafoori, Executive Director, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, NV

Catherine Knowles, Homeless Education Program Coordinator, Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN

6:00 – 7:00 pm Networking Reception at Google
25 Massachusetts Ave. NW #900, Washington, DC 20001
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to connect with colleagues and other professionals from across the country. Refreshments will be served.

Day Two: Tuesday March 19, 2019

7:30 am – 3:00 pm Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am A Conversation with Associate Commissioner William Wubbenhorst
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Hill Day Meetings
In advance, Summit attendees schedule meetings with their U.S. Senate and House representatives.  At the Summit, NN4Y provides the hill day resources and time to prepare for these meetings.Congress will not be in session during the Summit, but this is still a fantastic time for attendees to meet with Congressional staff to educate them about youth and young adult homelessness. The Congressional recess may even provide you the opportunity to have a more in-depth discussion with the staffers who cover these issues.View our Hill Day Preparation webinar, and contact Eric Masten to ensure you’re connected with other Summit participants from your state to coordinate Hill Day meetings.
9:15 am – 11:15 am World Cafe Style: Cross-Sector Issues Impacting Youth Homelessness
In this “world cafe” style session, you will have the chance to rotate among tables and engage in up to six timely twenty minutes discussions with top leaders from sectors that impact youth and young adults at-risk of and experiencing homelessness.Moderator: Lynda Becker, Center for Schools and Communities

  • Opportunity Youth: Jo Ann Paanio, Forum on Youth Investment
    Reconnecting Youth Campaign
  • Education: Barbara Duffield & Jillian Sitjar, SchoolHouse Connection
    From Babies to Backpacks: Q&A on Education, Birth through College
  • State Legal Resource: Amy Louttit, NN4Y and Marta Beresin, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
    2019 Update of Alone Without A Home
  • Youth Employment: Thomas Showalter, National Youth Employment Coalition
    Paths to Long-Term Success in Employment
  • Youth Outcomes: Matt Morton, Chapin Hall
    Considerations for Service Providers & Systems
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Projects (YHDP) & Education: Christina Dukes, National Center on Homeless Education
    YHDP’s Collaborating with Education Systems
  • Juvenile Justice: Lisa Pilnick on behalf of Coalition for Juvenile Justice
    Collaborating for Change
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Centers: Karin Grandon & Kim Osmani, Institute for Educational Leadership
    Getting Youth with Disabilities Employment Services
11:15 – 11:30 am Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Keynote – Mona Dixon
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Break
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm 365 Days in 60 Minutes: Sector Spotlights
NN4Y and our members work together with stakeholders from across sectors. This plenary is a chance to get up to speed on the initiatives that you want to know about!Moderator: KeAndra Radchenko, NYAC Young Leader

  • Juvenile Justice: Laura Armstrong, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
    Collaborating for Change
  • Legal Services: Kelly Russo, American Bar Association’ Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
    Homeless Youth Legal Network
  • Education: Barbara Duffield, SchoolHouse Connection
    Education Leads Home Campaign
  • Youth Partnerships: Yorri Berry Harris, National Network for Youth
    Youth Partnership Supported by NN4Y & NYAC
  • Human Trafficking: Heather Fisher, McCain Institute
    Certificate on Human Trafficking
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Federal Agency Roundtable Discussion
How do government agencies collaborate to address youth and young adult homelessness? We invite you to join federal agency staff as they discuss new and ongoing national initiatives to prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness. This annual facilitated discussion will produce at least one commitment for the coming year from each participating agency to support young people experiencing homelessness. Summit attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the participating federal staff.Moderator: Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth

  • William Wubbenhorst, Associate Commissioner, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (ED)
  • Dr. TeNeane Bradford, Associate Administrator, (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Jennifer Kemp, Director, Division of Youth Services, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Norm Suchar, Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Jasmine Hayes, Deputy Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Closing Remarks- Melinda Giovengo, Board Chair, National Network for Youth

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

2019 Summit Sponsors

Gold Event Sponsor

Humanity United

Bronze Event Sponsors

Baker McKenzie
Covenant House International

Lunch Sponsor

Sasha Bruce

Breakfast Sponsor

Youth Care

Wi-Fi Sponsor

The Night Ministry

Mobile App Sponsor

Bill Wilson Center

National Youth Advisory Council Sponsors

National Safe Place Network
Schultz Family Foundation

Registration Sponsors

National Safe Place Network

Mobile App Sponsor


Pocket Program Sponsor

Council on Accreditation

Facebook Live Sponsor

Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman

Session Sponsor

Youth Services - Tulsa