|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
|3:50 – 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