The Annual Southern Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness


The Southern Symposium, co-sponsored by Point Source Youth and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, is a youth-led Southern conference- for the South, by the South - that provides over 300 Southern attendees with the tools to launch solutions that work so the most vulnerable youth get the housing, services, and care they need to flourish in life. The Southern Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness has a special focus on supporting the needs of the most marginalized youth in the South, including youth of color and LGBTQ youth.

A key component to the Southern Symposium will be networking among participants, with multiple opportunities for service providers, governmental officials, advocates, and youth to build stronger connections among a community of folks interested in ending youth homelessness in the South.

Breakout sessions will include trainings for participants to learn practical skills they can implement immediately in their communities and organizations, improving the lives of young people experiencing homelessness across the South.



September 16 & 17, 2019


Emory Conference Center
1615 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30329


*Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Vegan and vegetarian options are available upon request during registration.
** 9 Hours of continuing education credits available


We are officially sold out for the 1st Southern Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness! We’re expecting over 400 attendees and 100 youth advocates representing every state in the South and two action-packed days of incredible ideation, conversations and solutions to end youth homelessness across the Southern United States.


For your comfort and convenience we have reserved a hotel block at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special rate for our Southern Symposium. Rates are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Check out our Southern Symposium video!



Please contact for scholarships and waived registrations to attend the Southern Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness this September!


Program Committee

Program Committee
Name Organization Title State
Alix Janke Inspiritus Youth Program Manager GA
Allison Scott Campaign for Southern Equality Director of Policy & Programs NC
Amber Austin Partners for HOME Project Manager GA
April Woods Georgia Balance of State CoC Coordinator GA
Chanel Haley GA Equality Gender Policy Manager GA
Cosmos Cranston JASMYN Housing Supervisor FL
Ebony Harris YESS4YOUTH Founder & CEO GA
Emily Brown ACFLY/ Mayor LGBTQ Board Director of Community Engagement Initiatives FL
Emily Rokosch JASMYN Director of Operations FL
Eric Paulk Georgia Equality Deputy Director GA
Eric Wright GSU Professor & Chair of Georgia State University Sociology Department GA
Ethan Johnstone Pride Link Lead Community Builder & Founder SC
Eva Thibideu Houston Coalition for the Homeless Chief Program Officer TX
Hannah Nell Metro Homeless Impact Division YHDP Project Coordinator TN
Helena Cragg LGBTQ Center of Durham Program Director NC
Hodges Gravely Pride Link Intern & Youth Advocate SC
Jed Dews Pendleton Place Executive Director SC
Jenn Von Egidy NC Coalition to End Homelessness (BoS) Project Specialist NC
Jimiyu Evans Project Community Connections, Inc. Co-CEO GA
Joe Hamilton Home of the Innocents Director, Pathways HOME KY
KC Buchanan LGBTQ Center of Durham Host Home Program Coordinator NC
Kendra Johnson Equality NC (ED); SONG (Board Chair) Executive Director NC
Mahlon Randoplh Point Source Youth Youth Consultant GA
Mary Haskett NC State University Professor of Psychology NC
Melissa Moore Housing For All MTP Director of Operations SC
Naqua'Na Sessoms NC State University Student & Youth Advocate NC
Neena Bankhead COMPASS Director of Capacity Building and Community Engagement GA
Nicholas Forge GSU Associate Professor, School of Social Work GA
Nijeeah Richardson We Are Family Executive Director SC
Niki Paul ICF ICF Lead Homeless Services Specialist TX
Rebecca Pfiffer Charlotte-Mecklenburg CoC CoC Coordinator NC
Rodney Tucker Time Out Youth Executive Director NC
Selima Morrow CHRIS 180 Outreach & Community Housing Program Director GA
Stacey Koch Housing NOLA Community Development and Human Services Executive LA
Stephanie Reyes OUT Memphis Senior Director of Development & Education TN
Travis Sanchez Emory Research Associate Professor GA
Trish Hobson The Relatives Executive Director NC