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Youth Network Convening- Cleveland


Join Funders Together's new Youth Network in Cleveland, Ohio! 

During Foundations for Youth Success, Funders Together's two-year community of practice focused on youth homelessness, members identified in-person convenings as one of the most valuable parts of the community. In addition to hearing about inspiring local work, convenings allowed members to connect with peers and learn about innovative work happening across the country. 

As we launch Funders Together's NEW Youth Network we are excited to announce our first in-person convening, in Cleveland, Ohio! We hope you join us to learn about the exciting work happening in Cleveland and to meet other members of this new network. 


What Can You Look Forward to in Cleveland? 

Networking with Network Peers * How Cleveland Organized As a Community: A Place 4 Me * Cleveland's System Response * Prevention/Diversion, Assessment, Housing * Funders Role in a Community Response * Discussion with YYA with Lived Experience * Youth Network Planning * Taking Learnings Back to Your Community


Draft Agenda

Monday, September 25, 2017

Global Center for Health Innovation

12:00 pm    Introductions and Networking

2:00 pm      How We Got Here: Building A Coordinated Community Response to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

During this opening discussion attendees will hear from leaders in Cuyahoga County and learn how the county's commitment to end youth homelessness lead to strong public system collaboration. 

Learn how A Place 4 Me was developed as the collaborative initiative to prevent and end youth homelessness and how young adults were involved along the way. 

In the second half of this conversation hear how the Division of Children and Family Services was engaged and the role of child welfare in preventing and ending homelessness for youth in Cuyahoga County. 


Kate Lodge- Executive Director of A Place 4 Me

Ruth Gillett- Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services

Thomas Pristow- Director of Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services

Cynthia Weiskittel, Director, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services

Young Adult Leaders

5:00 pm      Group Dinner


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland 

9:00 am      National Initatives Updates and Peer Exchange

This time will allow attendees to share their own work, challenges and success, and hear from peers across the country that are leading national initiatives to end youth homelessness. 

12:00 pm    Lunch

1:00 pm      System Response to Youth Homelessness in Cuyahoga County

This session will highlight the current system response in Cuyahoga County including identification and assessment, data and by-name list, and housing options and supports. 

3:00 pm      Site Visit

This site visit will allow attendees to see, in action, the supports available to young adults in Cuyahoga County. The visit will also include time with young adults with lived experience.

5:00 pm      Group Activity (optional)


Wednesday, Septmber 27, 2017

Global Center for Health Innovation

9:00 am      Group Reflection and Planning

12:00 pm    Conclusion



After you RSVP, please book your hotel room at Hilton Downtown Cleveland.


September 25, 2017 at 11:00am - September 27, 2017
Jennifer Olney ·

Will you come?

$350.00 Non-Dues Paying or Non-Member
$250.00 Dues Paying Member

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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