9:00 am - 9:05 am  

Dean Neil Guterman (NYU Silver School of Social Work)


  9:05 am - 9:15 am  

Opening Remarks: What Young People Can Expect at the Symposium
Larry Cohen, Executive Director of Point Source Youth (Point Source Youth)


  9:15 am  

Introduce Youth Liaison Role
Ja'asriel Bishop (Youth Advocate)


  9:15 am - 10:00 am  

Youth Panel on Housing First
Marcelle LaBrecque (Point Source Youth), Sophie Cadle (Youth Advocate), Nadja Bentley (Youth Advocate), Ja’asriel Bishop (Youth Advocate), Jonathan Ogden (Youth Advocate)

#StateoftheMvmt Perspective
Megan Gibbard Kline (A Way Home America)

Systems Perspective
Kiefer Paterson (Harm Reduction Coalition)

Government Perspective
Cole Giannone (City of New York)

Program Perspective
Amy Wilkerson (Sheltering Arm, Children & Family Services)


  10:00 am - 10:20 am  

Introduce Yourself and Your Goals, Networking Activity and Framing for Afternoon
Moderators: Jenna Mellor (Point Source Youth), Orlando Roybal (Point Source Youth), Latifah Blades (Youth Advocate)

Introduce Yourself and Your Goals


  10:20 am - 11:15 am   Structural Barriers: Racism, Trans Bias, Stigma, Capital
Moderators: Amy Wilkerson (Sheltering Arms) & Ziggy Keyes (National Youth Forum)

Immigration & Trans Intersections
Ruby Corado (Casa Ruby)

Trans Bias
Jama Shelton (Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College)

Intersecting Oppressions & Youth Leadership
Maddox Guerrilla (Global Action Project, Youth Advocate)

Racism & Network Impoverishment
Marc Dones (Center for Social Innovation)

Wealth as a Structural Barrier
Jhumpa Bhattacharya (Insight Center for Community Economic Development)


  11:15 am - 12:15 pm  

Host Homes in Action
Panel: Stephen Gaetz (Canadian HUB) & Ma’liyah Davis (Youth Advocate)

How We’re Implementing Host Homes in Baltimore!
Renee Stainrod & Karen Heyward-West (St. Ambrose Housing Aid)

Adapting Host Homes to Fit the LA Landscape
Rachel Pedowitz & Michal David (Safe Place for Youth)

20 Years of Host Homes in Community
Rocki Simões & Ken Slack (Avenues for Homeless Youth)


  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm   Lunch on Your Own


  1:15 pm - 2:10 pm  

Rapid Re-housing in Action
Moderator: Mindy Mitchell (National Alliance to End Homelessness)

Lessons Learned from Rapid Re-Housing in NYC (Yes, It’s possible in NYC!)
Kelly O’Sullivan (Jericho Project)

Lessons Learned from Year 1 of Rapid Re-housing in Baltimore
Blair Franklin & Dylan McDonough (Youth Empowered Society)

Intentionality & Providers
Jeffrey King (Community Rebuilders)

Why Systems Need to Do More Rapid Re-housing
Eva Thibaudeau-Graczyk (Houston Coalition for the Homeless)

Seattle and Rapid Re-housing in a High Cost Market
Danielle Winslow (All Home King Country)


  2:10 pm - 3:00 pm  

Housing as Healthcare
Moderators: Ronald Johnson (Point Source Youth Board), Cecilia Gentili (GMHC)

Housing and Harm Reduction
Kiefer Paterson (Harm Reduction Coalition)

Housing IS Mental & Emotional Healthcare
Michelle Munson (NYU Silver School of Social Work)

Housing as HIV Prevention & Treatment
Cody Lopez (The Community Cares Project)

Housing First is Healthcare
Ben Henwood (University of Southern California)


  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm   Breakout Sessions  
  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Additional Breakout Sessions    
  5:30 pm - 8:00 pm   Reception at the Torch Club
  8:00 am - 9:00 am  



  9:00 am - 9:10 am  

Key Aha Moments from Day 1's Panels
Marcelle LaBrecque (Point Source Youth), Sophie Cadle (Youth Advocate), Nadja Bentley (Youth Advocate), Jonathan Ogden (Youth Advocate), Ziggy Keyes (National Youth Forum), Ma’liyah Davis (Youth Advocate)


  9:10 am - 10:10 am  

Research Update: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Exit
Moderators: Dennis Culhane (UPenn School of Social Policy & Practice) & Adriana Rodriguez (Jericho Project)

Matthew Morton (Chapin Hall)

Jama Shelton (Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College)

Dennis Culhane, (University of Pennsylvania) & Eric Rice (University of Southern California)


  10:10 am - 11:00 am   Transforming Systems for Change
Panel: Cynthia Langtiw (Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Nadja Bentley (Youth Advocate)

Key System Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness
Jasmine Hayes (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness)

How Rapid Re-Housing Creates Flow Through in a Youth Homelessness System
Brett Esders (HUD)

Lessons Learned from Canadian Systems Change
Stephen Gaetz (Canadian Hub) & Melanie Redman (A Way Home Canada)

How Youth Homelessness Systems and Programs Can Reduce Disparities in Outcomes
Marc Dones (Center For Social Innovation)


  11:00 am - 11:20 am  

Networking Activity


  11:20 pm - 12:15 pm   Income Now & Cash as Shelter Diversion
Moderators: Anne Price (Insight Center For Community Economic Development) & Ziggy Keyes (Youth Advocate)

How Shelter Diversion for Youth Works in Seattle
Jean-Paul Yafali (All Home King County)

The Race & Gender Equity Case for Guaranteed Income & Cash for Youth
Anne Price (Insight Center)

The Case for Cash as An Effective Tool
Taylor Jo Isenberg (Economic Security Project)

  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm  

Lunch on Your Own

  1:15 pm - 2:00 pm  

Family and Kinship Strengthening in Action
Moderators: Cynthia Langtiw (Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Marcelle LaBrecque (Point Source Youth)

What We’re Learning About Family Reconnection in LA
Simon Costello (LA LGBT Center)

Talking about Gender with Families
Jean Malpas (Ackerman Institute for the Family, Gender and Family Project)

Lessons Learned from Connecticut’s Family Strengthening Pilot
Norweeta Milburn (University of California Los Angeles)

Family Reconnection in Action in Canada
Justin Sage-Passant (Covenant House Toronto)


  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  

Take Power in Your Own Hands: Lessons Learned from Social Movements - Starting with the AIDS Movement
Moderator: Ronald Johnson (Point Source Youth Board)

Taking Control of OUR Data
Gregg Gonsalves (Yale University and Treatment Action Group Co-Founder)

Fighting for Our Lives!
Eric Sawyer (GMHC and Co-Founder of Act-Up)

My Efforts to Build A Movement
Sara Goldrick-Rab (Temple University College of Education)

My Right to Safety, Housing, and Health
Sophie Cadle (Youth Advocate)