FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 19 thru March 20, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) will convene its second annual National Summit on Youth Homelessness in Washington, DC. This comes at a point in time when there is considerable national and federal interest in prioritizing youth-appropriate policies and increasing commonsense investment in homeless youth services. In response, the Network organized this two-day event to highlight the urgent and unique needs of homeless youth in America and to outline the federal response required to address these needs. Former homeless youth, service providers, advocates from across the United States will attend and participate in this Summit.  Also, Members of U.S. Congress and federal agency staff will be featured prominently as both speakers and presenters.

During these two days, Summit participants will learn from homeless youth service providers about the work they are doing in their communities and hear what members of U.S. Congress and federal agency staff are doing to serve homeless youth across America.  Also, the National Network is releasing a Policy Brief: What Works to End Youth Homelessness: What We Know NOW. This Policy Brief details the current data available about the characteristics of homeless youth and practice-informed knowledge of how best to prevent youth homelessness and serve youth who become homeless.

The Summit’s agenda includes:

  • Presentations from Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WA), Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY).
  • NN4Y Youth Advisors, community-based homeless youth providers, and experts in youth development and homelessness.
  • Federal Agency Roundtable Discussion facilitated with political appointees from the following federal agencies: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

“Youth who are homeless suffer and are at risk of severe forms of victimization, including human trafficking.  We must act with urgency to scale up effective and appropriate housing and services for homeless youth,” said Darla Bardine, Executive Director of the National Network for Youth. “This Summit is a call to action to U.S. Congress and the Administration to act with urgency to invest in America’s homeless youth to prevent human trafficking and help the next generation survive and thrive.”

Registration for the National Summit on Youth Homelessness is available at the door. Media are invited to attend if they RSVP to the contact above.

To learn more about NN4Y’s National Summit on Youth Homelessness, including the full agenda and location, visit the event website at: regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1623017.

Contact: Darla Bardine, 202.783.7949