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Ask A Rockstar - Short-term Host Homes

Ryan Berg and Rocki Simões, Avenues for Homeless Youth


What kind of support training around intercultural or diversity based issues do provide for the host and the youth?

How do you make considerations for youth with different needs? ex. neurodivergent, deaf or hard of hearing


What type of procedures do you have in place for drug related concerns?

What is the community response to your host home program?


What are some of the recruitment methods for hosts?

What are the differences you see between the various programs?


Do each of you have a favorite success story within your programs?

What is some of the feedback you get from your surveys? 


Can you share training materials around anti-racism and cognitive science?

Do you take two youth at a time or two youth during the time a person agrees to host?


What suggestions do you have for programs starting up?

How many young people and hosts do you have in each program?


Describe your long term and short term host homes


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Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is a writer, activist and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction, the 2016 NCCD Media for a Just Society Award and was listed as a Top 10 LGBTQ Book of 2016 by the American Library Association. He lives in Minneapolis.

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Rocki Simões

Raquel (Rocki) Simões, MSW, LISW, Program Manager, GLBT Host Home Program, is a white Brazilian who came to the United States in the late 80s, fell in love with women and rice krispies treats (not necessarily in that order) and decided to stay. Most of her community organizing work has focused on queer youth, homelessness, and social justice. Most of her personal work has focused on being a loving friend, partner, ex-partner, anti-racist community member, and parent. On a good day she does some of these things well. Rocki has been at Avenues since 2007 and has a long history with the GLBT Host Home Program, which she helped start in 1997. She was honored for her work with a True Leadership Award by the True Colors Fund in September 2015.

Earlier Event: August 30
Ask A Rockstar - Short-term Host Homes
Later Event: October 3
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