There are several ways you can connect with your policymakers to advocate for our collective policy agenda and ensure positive policies for youth become law. The toolkit will give you the information you need to get started.
This webinar focuses on the difficult change management lessons learned in practice in Canada to bring the need for change home for folks that may have outdated assumptions that need to be challenged. This conversation is focused on the roles of practitioners and service organizations in prevention in order to see the best outcomes for young people and their families/natural supports.
This fact sheet provides the latest research and information about how many youth experienced homelessness are also trafficked and highlights some of the key factors that make these young people vulnerable.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) of 2019 (H.R. 5191/S. 2916) needs to be reintroduced in the 117th Congress and would enact critical changes that would increase young people’s ability to access pathways to independence, socioeconomic mobility, and success.
Systems change can only occur if the group most impacted by the system are equal partners in the process. Youth Action Boards (YABs) have served as the vehicle to develop authentic partnerships with young leaders. Many organizations find it challenging to develop and sustain their Youth Action Boards. This webinar will introduce participants to a model that can help sustain and build capacity among YABs. The cascading mentorship model emphasizes meaningful and empowering relationships and support between program directors, program facilitators/mentors, and youth participants. The model was developed by centering the youth voice. The cascading mentorship model combined with cross-systems work can have an impact on developing systems change.
This webinar will provide the Canadian context for youth homelessness through our journey over the first five years of AWHC. We will identify the ‘Key Levers of Change’ that have helped us get to where we are as well as the challenges we face and the work still to do. Participants will learn about the high-level “shift to prevention” and some of the key resources and foundational work that is core to innovations in frontline practice, public policy, and cross-systems community planning.
Transforming Systems: Accelerating Collaboration Between Youth Homelessness Providers and Youth Policing and Incarceration SystemsCarrie Kovalick
This resource guide is intended to accelerate communities’ and systems’ progress in preventing and reducing the incidence of homelessness and negative system involvement among young people.
This paper explains the different definitions of homelessness, as well as the harmful impact restrictive definitions, have on youth and young adults.
This paper explores potential opportunities in serving youth experiencing homelessness when implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act.
This report reviews the status of current law in 13 key issue areas that affect the lives and future prospects of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in all 50 U.S. states and six territories (unless otherwise noted). The report offers an overview of the range of approaches taken by states since the last update in 2012.
This policy brief outlines clear actions that federal policymakers and agency staff can take to support the creation of a comprehensive, collaborative, system-based approach to addressing youth and young adult homelessness that is youthcentric and flexible.
These criteria are intended to help a community that implement the NN4Y's Proposed System evaluate whether they have ended homelessness among young people.
The Field Guide is intended to be a toolkit for service providers to be able to have a state-by-state look at what is required in their state for obtaining not only ID, but also proof of Social Security numbers, and Birth Certificates. This guide is filtered for the documents most likely to be accessible to minors experiencing homelessness, but can be used for young adults as well.
The Summary provides an overview of the issues facing minors attempting to obtain ID while experiencing homelessness. It also includes recommended language state or local advocates can use as model policy language, based on existing language that has proven successful. It is a great tool to reference when changing state laws or regulations.
The Appendix is the unabridged listing of all documents accepted in any respective state and includes documents young adults are much more likely to have access to.
This policy brief lays out the current policy landscape as it relates to youth homelessness and offers targetted solutions to address youth homelessness and human trafficking.
NN4Y's Proposed System is designed to address both the causes and consequences of youth homelessness with a full range of developmentally-appropriate service and housing options for youth and their families.