NN4Y provides support to communities to create Local Cross-System Collaboratives (LCSC) on Youth Homelessness to address the root causes of homelessness among young people by advancing innovative, long-term solutions through multi-pronged and multi-level collaborative community work.
These cross-system collaboratives center youth with lived experience and improve systems to prevent and respond to YYA experiences of homelessness in communities by bringing together a broad range of stakeholders and assisting them in leveraging their strengths to transform systems and increase the effectiveness.
Successful collaboratives need to be sustainable and ultimately self-directed to do the hard work of systems change and community collaboration. To support long-term and lasting changes, we are looking for communities committed to this work over the long-term. We seek to partner with organizations that are:
- Poised to bring together a broad group of stakeholders with a high level of engagement and are willing to do things differently.
- Ready to commit to collaborate for the long-term and to engage new stakeholders over time.
- Led by strong community leaders who are not self-interested but center their work around young people’s needs.
- Willing to redirect existing resources if that is what the LCSC determines is needed to achieve the community’s strategic plan.
- Ready to engage with the media, public, and policymakers to raise awareness about the issue broadly and the work of the LCSC specifically.
- Willing to be part of a peer-learning network to share with and learn from other LCCs’ work.
- Ready to work with systems that frequently serve youth experiencing homelessness, education, child welfare, and juvenile/criminal justice.