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Community Summit On Youth Homelessness

Community Summit On Youth Homelessness

Youth Homelessness Summit – January 31, 2016

Attendance: Approximately 110

Number of IBCI Strategies the Summit Fulfilled: 6 including member education, public information/education, advocacy, capacity building, promoting voluntarism, and collaboration with partners

Community Partner Collaboration: Our Community Sponsors included the Tone Center/Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Stands Up and Community Youth Services.

Event Recap: The Summit was a multi-media presentation which provided community information and member education on youth experiencing homelessness (youth up to 25 years old). It featured a screening of a mini-documentary True Grit which interviews six youth that have recently experienced homelessness in the Seattle or Tacoma area. Members of Tacoma Stands Up performed a powerful and moving poetry monologue based on True Grit which described what it’s like to be homeless as a youth. Moderator, LaMont Green, got the audience moving by doing interactive statistics of what youth homelessness looks like in Pierce County. The summit featured a panel discussion with six experts on youth homelessness including: Panel Moderator, Lamont Green, Senior Policy Analyst, City of Tacoma; Cathy Nguyen, Co-Director, Tacoma Stands Up; Kurt Miller, Executive Director, Community Youth Services; Linda Martin, McKinney Vento Liaison, the Tone Center; Linda Seferian, McKinney Vento Liaison, the Tone Center; and Simone Gamble, Social Worker and member of Tacoma Stands Up and former youth who experienced homelessness.

Call to Action: At the close of the Summit, audience members were encouraged to sign letters of support (advocacy), to donate funds to benefit the new youth shelter to provide beds (capacity building), and to volunteer in the community as direct service advocacy representatives (promoting voluntarism).

Letters of Support Signed: 60 letters of advocacy supporting more funding for youth experiencing homelessness were sent to Tacoma legislators including Mayor Strickland and three Council Members on the homelessness committee.

Public Relations Outcomes/Advocacy Garnered: The Summit was featured on Q13 Fox News and Kiro 7 News! A special thanks to the Communications Council and Amber Moake for distributing the press release and generating so much media attention.

Summit Committee: Caitlin Stork, chair; Sara Knight, co-chair; Katie Polo; Kim Combs; Vanessa Herzog

Summit Volunteers: Angie Boice, Alexandra Dawling, Brittany Pugh, Caitlin Keely, Casey Anson, Jennifer Aalgaard, Jennifer Getts, Karen McPhee

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