10:00 am – 1:00 pm Virtual Hill Day
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.
1:00 -1:15 am: Keynote: Chairman John Yarmuth
Chairman John Yarmuth represents Kentucky’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now in his eighth term, he has served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2019. Yarmuth has been recognized for his work to improve education, expand access to affordable health care, and revitalize manufacturing in Louisville.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Yarmuth graduated from Atherton High School and Yale University. He and his wife, Cathy, have one son, Aaron, who is the owner and editor of LEO Weekly.
1:15 – 1:30 pm: Break
1:30 – 3:00 pm: Federal Agency Roundtable Discussion
Federal agency staff from six different federal agencies will 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. Participating federal agencies include:
Debbie Powell, Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Ruth E. Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Formula Grants, U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Jennifer Kemp, Director, Division of Youth Services, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Ricco Hall, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Nili Soni, Division Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Katy Miller, Regional Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
3:00 – 3:20 pm: Break
3:20 -4:20 pm: Prevention Track: The Upstream Project, Hopkins: Emerging Lessons for School, Service Provider, and Research Partnerships
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
In 2017, the Pohlad Family Foundation funded MoveFwd, in partnership with Hopkins Public Schools (HPS) and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, to develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot of the Upstream Project, a pioneering multi-tiered system of support model that aims to prevent youth homelessness and school dropout. The Upstream model has four core components: community collaboration, early identification through universal screening, service connections, and casework. Community collaboration relies on an active and engaged Steering Committee comprised of local stakeholders. The early identification component uses a universal screening survey in the junior and high schools to identify the students who are homeless or at risk of homelessness or school disengagement/dropout. HPS then connects students with priority service needs with MoveFwd, which provides casework and other resources to students and families. In this session, we describe how the Hopkins partners defined their roles and implemented each of the components of the Upstream model. We will also focus on the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to the implementation of school-based homelessness prevention programs.
3:20 -4:20 pm: Nonprofit CEO Track: Where to start: How to turn DEI concepts into practice
Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) service providers recognize the need to engage in deep dialogue, learning, and conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to improve outcomes for families, youth, and young adults. In 2020 (and 2021), racial unrest in the country and community distrust of systems and programs work to create an environment where RHY, families, and communities are hesitant to seek services. In this session, participants will be able to understand the key concepts of DEI, as well as discuss frameworks that organizations can use to move their DEI work forward.
Recognizing that DEI is a continual process that requires collaborative, multi-dimensional interventions, this session is an opportunity for organizations to be a part of a continual learning community that will continue to meet monthly to process their journey to DEI work.
4:20 – 4:35 pm: Break
4:35 -5:35 pm: Prevention Track: Cross-Systems Youth Homelessness Prevention: Examples from Canada and the US
A Way Home Canada
Building upon pre- Summit online sessions, we will explore the important roles of systems in preventing youth homelessness. Building on earlier webinars that introduce the major shifts we’ve been making and grappling within Canada around youth homelessness prevention as a concept and in frontline practice, participants will be invited to explore the current state of systems that cause and prevent homelessness. Together we will imagine what an ideal future state would look like with examples drawn from both Canada and the United States and with a view to what roles the NN4Y can play in advancing youth homelessness prevention locally, state-wide, or at the federal level.
4:35 -5:35 pm: Nonprofit CEO Track: See. Learn. Do. REPEAT: Centering Youth Voice for Systems Change
Pride Action Tank, Chicago, IL
The child welfare, educational, and criminal justice systems collectively create a set of barriers and difficulties that disproportionately affect LGBTQ+ youth. There are few formal platforms for these systems to work together and rarely do they include young people. This interactive workshop will focus on how you can center youth voice through human-centered design (HCD). Participants in this workshop will test and apply tools for engaging youth to revamp existing policies, practices, and services and create new ones.
5:35 -5:45 pm: Closing Remarks
Melinda Giovengo, Board Chair, National Network for Youth & CEO, YouthCare