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Adultism & Solutions to End Youth Homelessness

Nadja Bentley

Ziggy (Nzingha) Keyes

Slaynne De La Cruz, Jericho Project

Adultism and Solutions to End Youth Homelessness


Questions covered:

What are key anti-adultist things to consider when launching a new program? 

Why does this matter? How does adultism hamper current interventions to end the youth homelessness crisis? Are youth shelters inherently adultist?

What are the common missteps many providers make when it comes to adultism?

What housing solutions minimize the negative impacts of adultism?

How does rapid re-housing, when implemented correctly, challenge adultism?




Nadja Bentley is an advocate from Baltimore, MD.  She is one of the founders of the Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-in Center. Currently, she is a executive member of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness and a Youth Research Associate with Point Source Youth.  Because of her own experience, Ms. Bentley is determined and devoted to serve young people until youth homelessness has ended.

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Ziggy (Nzingha) Keyes is a former True Colors 40 of the 40 nominee. Part-time super and full-time hero, Ziggy is 23 years-old and in school for early childhood education, potentiality minoring in social work and photography. A bio cannot sum up all of Ziggy's awesomeness. They have been part of  the mission to end youth homelessness mission since they were 15 years-old and currently serve on the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. 


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Slaynne De La Cruz serves as the Assistant Director for Jericho Project’s Rapid Re-housing program which assists young adults and veterans, who are homeless as they obtain permanent housing within the five boroughs of New York City. She has been part of the Jericho family since 2012 where she started as a Case Manager providing services for families in the Shelter system. Prior to joining Jericho Project, Ms. De La Cruz worked in the Child Welfare system where she provided services to children and their families in efforts for family reunification. Ms. De La Cruz has a degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College and its pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College.

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