MORE THAN 3.5 MILLION YOUTH IN THE US EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS EACH YEAR.
WE WORK TO SCALE-UP EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO end THIS CRISIS.
We currently provide support for Rapid Re-Housing, Host Homes, and Family/Kinship Strengthening interventions. These programs center youth choice and empower young people to make vital decisions that positively impact their lives. We conduct research and program evaluation with all of our partners to collect data on the effectiveness of these interventions for youth that can be used to assist agencies nationwide in receiving grant funds in the future.
We believe in the power of local change, so our Associate Directors both live and work in the regions in which they serve. We currently have directors in the Northeast, South, Rural and West Coast who, through trust and collaboration, use regional expertise to empower communities on the ground working to end youth homelessness.
We work with amazing service providers and youth advocates across the country on innovative solutions to help end youth homelessness. Our partners share our core values and prioritize serving the most marginalized youth, including LGBTQ youth and youth of color. To learn more about how to partner with PSY, join us on our quarterly Rockstar Collaborative Webinars, download a free copy of our Host Home Handbook and Rapid Re-Housing Handbook, or email any PSY staff member!
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We help build community support for programs by working with youth advocates, assembling local leaders and assisting with funding meetings. We help programs identify solutions by bringing together larger networks of leaders to create change from the local level up.
We provide intensive, in-person TA to help with program funding and implementation, hiring/training staff, ongoing support and troubleshooting, connecting with field experts and other providers and access to a growing resource library and program handbooks.
RESEARCH & EVALUATION
RESEARCH & EVALUATION
We pay youth participants to take surveys on their experiences in the program and well-being at three month intervals for up to two years. This research builds support for interventions through published quantitative and qualitative data and ensures that programs support the real needs and wants of young people.
Point Source Youth’s mission puts youth at the center of everything we do, which is why it is so important for us to hear from young people directly through video, testimony, and storytelling. It’s a humbling and incredible experience to give young people a platform to tell their stories, and help empower them to as leaders and advocates in this world.
The Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness is a youth-led conference held in New York City that gives over 700 attendees from across the country the tools and resources to implement interventions to end youth homelessness in their communities that center and empower youth choice. Our next National Symposium will be June 1-3, 2020 in New York, NY.
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 live their most empowered lives. Our Southern Symposium will be held September 16 & 17, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.