Community Teamwork is pleased to invite you to participate in a Youth Homelessness Summit. The summit is designed to launch an ambitious community planning process that will see the implementation of a coordinated community response to prevent and end youth homelessness in Lowell. We will gather together youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness; city leaders; educational leaders from our public schools, colleges and universities; leaders from the health care and non-profit social services community; and members of the philanthropic and faith-based communities. We envision a city where no youth or young adult experiences homelessness and look forward to working together on this important and achievable goal.
During the course of the summit, you will learn:
•The extent and nature of youth homelessness in Lowell
•How youth and young adults experience homelessness and housing instability
•How the community currently responds to youth homelessness – with what resources
•A framework for creating a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder and action-oriented plan
•How working together, with a shared vision, on a targeted challenge, we can bring profound change
At the event we will clarify our vision, establish a common understanding of the best available data concerning our current youth homelessness system, and then break into committees to begin doing the work. We also need to develop new partnerships and strengthen existing ones so that we can better coordinate our resources and collaborate on creative solutions. With that in mind we will create space for meeting new people, hearing a diverse array of perspectives, and working together on issues with new, sometimes marginalized, but critically important voices.
We hope that you can join us for this important day to share your perspective, ideas, and energy as we develop a plan for our community. We will provide refreshments and lunch. Information on parking and other logistics will be sent out prior to the summit.
Please RSVP no later than June 4th to Christine DeFeo at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KMDYNZJ