1:15 – 2:30 pm | Policy + Practice Track

Speakers: TNOYS | Fedora Galasso, MPAff, MSSW, Josue Rodriguez, Sedoo ljir, + Ann-Charlotte Proffitt, MPAff

Analyzing two TNOYS projects centered around listening & learning from youth, participants will learn ways to prioritize voices of transition-age youth to inform preventive strategies, interventions, & identify normalcy as an important factor to foster resilience during this critical period. The goal of this workshop is to train providers and other stakeholders on what we’ve heard from transition-age youth in our recent work with youth aging out of the foster care system and within disaster and emergency response, how providers can prioritize youth voice in their organization/programs, and ways in which specific supports in the transition to adulthood can protect against homelessness during this critical period.

Learner outcomes include:

  • Participants will leave with actionable strategies for how to incorporate youth voice into their programs and practices and will have in-session opportunities to discuss and think through what youth voice could look like in their own organizations.
  • Participants will leave with examples and strategies for how to foster normalcy in their programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Participants will have access to the TNOYS Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Guides and the resources within to help guide the youth that they serve in their transition into adulthood.
  • Participants will have access to the TNOYS TX Disasters & Emergencies Impact Report which details the major themes we heard from both transition age youth and providers regarding what they need to achieve positive outcomes prior to and in the aftermath of a disaster or emergency.