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Preventing Youth Homelessness Series Webinar: Identifying Student Risks through The Upstream Project

Wednesday, April 26 | 2:00PM ET, 1:00PM CT, 12:00PM MT, 11:00AM PT

Co-Sponsors: Philanthropy New York, Grantmakers in Education


The prevention of youth homelessness requires interventions at the roots, stabilizing young people’s living situations before it culminates in homelessness. The Upstream Project is an Australia-conceived and Canada-championed model for preventing child and youth homelessness through school-based assessments and supports. Upstream has shown promise wherever it has been piloted, achieving priorities for homelessness and education advocates alike. But this evidence-based intervention is currently absent in the United States.  

This webinar explores the experiences of funders and advocates in Canada who have shepherded Upstream Canada from the beginning. Joining US-based research powerhouse, Chapin Hall, we will discuss what makes these initiatives successful, the challenges they experience, and how they differ from other school-based assessments. We will also explore what it would take to expand Upstream in the States and where such interventions fit in our broader movement.  

This presentation takes place as part of our series on the prevention of youth homelessness. View recent recordings on the roles of employment, education, and healthcare 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the major advantages of Upstream compared to other school-based interventions
  • Name one potential obstacle to implementing Upstream in U.S. schools and communities 
  • Describe how Upstream achieves education advocates’ priorities in addition to youth homelessness prevention  


  • Amy Bilodeau, Sr. Manager for Community Investment, Home Depot Canada 
  • David French, General Director of Government Relations and Policy, A Way Home Canada  
  • Forrest Moore, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall 
  • Jacqueline Sohn, Senior Researcher, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness 
  • Michael Durham, Director of Networks, Funders Together to End Homelessness (moderator) 


To register for this webinar, please use the button below. Funders Together staff will approve your registration, and you will receive a unique Zoom link to join this webinar.  


Please note: Participation in Funders Together programming is limited to foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. Public funders, government employees, and staff at organizations where grantmaking is not the primary function are not eligible to participate. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Tia Smith, Director of Membership and Programs.    


If you do not receive your Zoom link or have technical issues logging into this call, please reach out to Michael Durham prior to the webinar or Jack Zhang during the webinar. 

This webinar will last one hour.

April 26, 2023 at 2:00pm - 3pm
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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2023-03-08 16:37:39 -0500

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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