On Friday, June 3, 2016, leaders from across the country met at the White House to strategize solutions to prevent and end youth homelessness. Organized by the White House, True Colors Fund, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the event brought together leaders from various sectors to develop strategies to further the Federal Government’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Young people, service providers, researchers, advocates, philanthropists, community-based organizations, and experts from several federal agencies shaped the day’s agenda and participated throughout the day.
The briefing focused on the related themes of intersectionality and shared responsibility. Through presentations and roundtables participants heard an array of insights and perspectives from youth and young adults living at the intersections of marginalized identities, and developed a deeper understanding of the kinds of interventions that are critical for young people to support their transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency.
The briefing also coincided with the launch of A Way Home America, a new national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. True Colors Fund Executive Director Gregory Lewis is a proud member of A Way Home America’s Executive Steering Committee, offering insight and support to this collaborative effort to end youth homelessness.
Throughout the day, folks were posting about the event online using the hashtag #EndYouthHomelessness. Check out some of the online highlights below: