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Youth Homelessness Prevention Online Convening Agenda

The Youth Homelessness Prevention Convening will take place virtually February 1st from 2:00-4:00 ET | 1:00-3:00 CT | 12:00-2:00 MT | 11:00-1:00 PT each day. Participants will receive unique call-in information directly from Zoom for each day they have registered for the Funders Institute and will receive reminders with call-in information the evening before and the day of. Please reach out to Tabitha Blackwell, Director of Networks and Programs, if you have questions.

We will be updating this agenda on a regular basis. Please note that this agenda is subject to change without notice.

2:00 ET

Welcome and Opening

2:15 ET

 Framing the Conversation


An Overview of Success, Research, & Learning to Prevent Youth Homelessness

During this kickoff convening, we'll be joined by Matt Morton and Anne Farrell from Chapin Hall who are working with their partners to develop, disseminate, and embed a cross-systems, national strategy to prevent youth homelessness. They have conducted extensive research and evaluation on various intersections that affect youth experience homelessness, including the areas we are focusing on during this series.


  • Matt Morton (he/him), Research Fellow, Chapin Hall
  • Anne Farrell (she/her), Director of Research, Chapin Hall


Philantropy Supporting Efforts to Prevent Youth Homelessness  

Participants will hear from Charles Rutheiser with the Annie E. Casey Foundation about their work efforts to rethink how they partner both internally and externally to tackle the intersections that most directly affect young people. Participants will have the opportunity to then dive into a breakout session with partners working in one of our five specific areas outlined above. 


  • Charles Rutheiser (he/him), Senior Associate, Civic Sites and Community Change, Annie E. Casey Foundation

2:50 ET

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Breakout 1: Education

More than 1.3 million homeless students have been identified in our public schools—on average, there are 14 students experiencing homelessness in each public school across America. With the proper support, teachers and staff can help identify students who are facing crises and connect them to the right supports, such as housing, counseling, and legal assistance. 


  • Christina Dukes (she/her), Founder and Principal, Pearl Strategies
  • Jacinda Goodwin (she/her), Program Specialist, National Center for Homeless Education

Intersection Partners:


 Breakout 2: Health

Supporting the health and well-being of young people is a critical component of a holistic approach to preventing and responding to homelessness. However, efforts to address homelessness often do not prioritize a focus on young people or provide tailored responses that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. Awareness is building about the need to promote mental health and well-being among young people, and with new funding opportunities and policy changes occurring in health care systems, there is growing momentum to adopt new approaches to improve the health of youth and young adults. These changes provide new opportunities to address the challenges facing providers who work with youth, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to poor health outcomes, like youth experiencing homelessness. 


  • Jocelyn Guyer (she/her), Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
  • Sarah Zimmerman (she/her), Staff Attorney for Benton-Franklin Counties, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children

Intersection Partners:


Breakout 3: Family Engagement

The Family Engagement Breakout Session will explore the ways in which engaging family, as defined by youth themselves, is a critical strategy to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Youth and young adults often move in and out of family situations as they are experiencing homelessness; if we want to truly meet youth where they are we must rethink how we engage the families they are connected to, and we must rethink how we define family engagement. Join the breakout to discuss new frameworks for family engagement from around the country that are testing innovative ways to integrate family engagement into their homeless response strategies and the ways philanthropy is partnering in the innovation. 


  • Kevin Solarte (he/him), Owner-Worker, Housing Justice Collective

Intersection Partners:


Breakout 4: Eviction Prevention for Young People

Funders Together partners recently released a statement highlighting the impact of eviction on young people. In it, advocates warned that youth and young adults who experience eviction often face particularly challenging circumstances following eviction. A history of eviction, and the resulting credit damage, will only exacerbate a youth’s difficulty in finding units available for rent. Youth and young people who experience eviction and subsequent homelessness are also at much greater risk for exploitation by traffickers. For young people, the cascade of negative consequences due to eviction extends well beyond the loss of housing and can impact their lives for years or decades to come. This discussion will be an opportunity to learn more about the work underway to prevent young people from being evicted and what additional resources and support are needed to prevent youth homelessness after facing eviction.


  • Rhea Yo (she/her), Director of Legal Services, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
  • Vallen Solomon (she/her), Attorney, Housing Justice Project
  • Sarah Gallagher (she/her), Senior Project Director, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Intersection Partners:


Breakout 5: Systems-Involvement

Public systems in the United States are known to have been built on a foundation of structural racism, continuing to perpetuate racial inequity and harm among the communities most impacted by them today. Young people are at particularly high risk of the negative impacts of public systems like the child welfare, juvenile and criminal legal systems, among others. This discussion will offer an opportunity to learn more about the systemic harm and effects of these systems, their similarities, and the strategies that policymakers, advocates, and researchers are learning to mitigate and prevent such harm for youth at risk of experiencing homelessness.


  • Barbara Langford (she/her), Director, Youth Transition Funders Group
  • Naomi Smoot Evans, Esq. (she/her), Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
  • Sixto Cancel (he/him), Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Think Of Us

Intersection Partners:

3:55 ET

Invitation to Continue the Conversation


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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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