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3rd Annual National Symposium
on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness

June 17 - 19, New York University, 2019

Preview by 1/11/2019 Early Bird by 3/8//2019 Standard by 4/5/2019 Online by 5/17/2019 Onsite after 5/17/2019
Regular $200 $225 $250 $275 $300
Student $125 $150 $175 $200 $225
Youth $50 $75 $100 $125 $125

Each regular registration
includes one youth registration!

email: for scholarships to cover registration costs,
especially for youth with lived experience.

We do not allow financial costs to deter anyone from attending our symposium.


Symposium Planning Committee:



Nadja Bentley

Sophie-Rose Cadle

Larry Cohen

Dennis Culhane

Stephen Gaetz

Ronald Johnson

Mindy Mitchell

Michelle R. Munson

Deborah Padgett

Kay Jackson

Maddox Guerilla

Blair Franklin

Jha'asryel Bishop

Jonathan Ogden

Jamie Powlovich

Andrea Jenkins

Eva Thibaudeau

Chris Covington

Jaclyn Grant

Roberto Ordeñana

PSY Youth Consultant

Community Organizer, PSY Transgender, Non-conforming, Non-Binary Youth Consultant

Executive Director, PSY

Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Hub

Co-Founder and Board President PSY

Director, Individual Homeless Adults, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Associate Professor and McSilver Faculty Fellow, NYU Silver School of Social Work

Professor and McSilver Faculty Fellow, NYU Silver School of Social Work

Youth Advocate

Youth Advocate

Executive Director, Youth Empowered Society

PSY Media & Storytelling Youth Consultant

PSY Youth Consultant on Rural Homelessness

Coalition for Homeless Youth

City Council Vice President- 8th Ward

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston

Youth Advocate

Youth CES Coordinator

SF LGBT Center


3 days, 9 rooms, 1 big, beautiful stage.

Workshops, Panel Discussions,
Intimate conversations, Videos, Performances, and more!


Topics Include:


-Cash Transfers and Ending Youth Homelessness

-Youth Organizing and Movement Building

-Youth and our Criminal (In)justice System: A Dialogue on the School to Prison Pipeline and Mass Incarceration

-Housing and Healthcare are Human Rights: Now What?

-Race, Power & Privilege (self-awareness between providers and youth)

-Transcending the Minimum Wage: Getting Youth Jobs that will help them survive and thrive

-Trans Organizing and Leadership

-Capitalism and Structural Oppression

-Transphobia and Housing

-Your biggest Rapid Re-housing implementation challenges answered by providers

-Meeting the needs of Immigrants, refugees and asylum seeker youth in RRH

-Host Homes, Rapid Re-housing and YHDP

-Impacting Policy: Lessons learned from the Movement for Black Lives

-Everything you’ve ever wanted to ask HUD about RRH and were afraid to ask

-Data, Research and Prevalence

-Issues impacting indigenous communities in the US

-Identifying and Securing Funding for programs

-Lessons learned from new solutions in rural areas*


Our National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness is youth led, driven, and organized.

Join us on June 17th-19th, 2019 at New York University.

For the past 2 years,

Point Source Youth has gathered thousands of government officials, community activists, young people, executive directors, program managers, case managers, and funders in the same room, all dedicated to ending the youth homelessness crisis.

Topics and discussions included Youth and Their Need for Housing First; Racism, Capital, and Trans Bias; Income No; Family Strengthening; Lessons Learned from the AIDS Movement; Rapid Re-Housing in Action; Job Training for a Living Wage; Short-Term Host Homes; Trans / GNC Needs & Solutions; Structural Barriers; the Latest Data on Youth Experiencing Homelessness, and much more.



Our National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness is a chance for youth with lived experiences of homelessness to voice the systemic changes that need to be made, and deepen collaboration with community partners. We view youth leadership and advocacy as an important part of all organizations committed to supporting youth. We have gone to funder meetings, interviewed prospective new hires, and been active members of advocacy coalitions.



Themes that are critical to ending the youth homelessness crisis:

  • Put youth in the center of their lives. Give them what they say they need.

  • Create low barrier programs that house youth first and unconditionally.

  • Kicking out young people from programs is a bad idea.

  • Youth need housing. They also need control and ownership of their housing.

  • Youth need support. They are also the people best equipped to determine what supports they need.

  • How can we leverage and utilize extended family, chosen family, and community networks better? How can we have thousands of host homes throughout the country?

  • Finally, can we think differently to do more and do it better? Can we give youth cash? What barriers can we remove? Can we connect youth to more effective housing and supports faster? Why are there waiting lists?