Steve Bewsey of Lifeworks, Paul Hamann of the Night Ministry, and Deborah Shore of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, all named Champions of Change for their work with runaway and homeless youth by the White House. The White House Office of Public Engagement and USICH announced the 13 Champions of Change in the Fight Against Child and Youth Homelessness. These community leaders serving vulnerable children, youth, and families will be honored at a ceremony at the White House. To see a list of all 13 champions, please go to usich.gov/champions_of_change

The White House event will feature two panel discussions on youth homelessness and the path forward which will be moderated by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Commissioner for the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Bryan Samuels. The 13 Champions of Change will share useful lessons they have learned in their careers spent improving the lives of children, youth, and families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Opening Doors sets the goal of ending homelessness for children, youth, and families by 2020 and calls upon community leaders to leverage mainstream and targeted resources, collaborate across sectors, and take a holistic approach to serving children and youth. The Champions of Change honored today embody a strong commitment to children and youth paired with innovative, collaborative solutions to prevent and end homelessness that address housing stability, physical and mental health needs, and educational outcomes for children and youth.