Call for Proposals

Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing

Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond

February 20, 21, 22, 2018

On unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Convened by a multi-sectoral organizing committee, hosted by Carleton University

Conference location: downtown Ottawa (University of Ottawa campus)


We invite you to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for a collaborative three-day exchange of ideas between diverse change makers that will advance the agenda of ending youth homelessness in Ontario, Canada, and across the globe. Youth, community service providers, researchers and policy experts will meet to share their experiences and perspectives on creating systemic solutions to youth homelessness, ranging from immediate interventions to preventative strategies designed to stop homelessness before it begins. We believe that all young people have the right to be safely housed and to have the appropriate supports in place that allow them to thrive. Our goal with this conference is to build upon and accelerate the current momentum for ending and preventing youth homelessness in Ontario, Canada and beyond.

Contribution topics could include (but are not restricted to): Housing as a human right, Indigenous youth experiences, LGBTQ youth, newcomer youth, gender, hidden homelessness, youth activism, aging out of youth services, policy, housing first, harm reduction, poverty reduction, mental health care, constructing the problem of youth homelessness, measuring youth homelessness, homelessness prevention, community planning, housing stock, the cost of youth homelessness, the role of community institutions (schools, hospitals, etc…), education/employment, prevention strategies and community planning.


Call for Researcher/Academic Participation: 

We are seeking proposals for 1) Panel topics2) Papers or 3) Workshops from researchers and academics across Canada. Contributions should be designed to reach a universal, multi-sectoral audience. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for one or more contributions. Proposals concerning communities outside of major metropolitan Canadian cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) are encouraged, as are inter-sectoral collaborations between researchers/academics, youth, and service providers supporting homeless youth.

Panels: Please submit a 300-500-word summary detailing the panel you propose to organize. Your proposal should list a co-convener you will organize the panel with and three possible co-presenters (from academic, service provision, or youth sectors) who you envision proposing or participating.

Papers: Please submit a 300-500-word abstract detailing a 15-minute paper you intend to present on a conference panel. Papers prioritizing audience engagement and visual presentations are encouraged.

Workshops: Please submit a 300-500-word summary detailing a workshop you wish to conduct at the conference. This could be a workshop for skill development for other academics based on your expertise or a strategy sharing session based on participatory, community-based project work, for example.

Format: Please submit your proposal through our online submission portal. Upload your proposal as a Microsoft Word document with the .docx extension. The file name must include your last name, first name and contribution type (E.g. Smith_Joan_paper.docx). In the same document, please include a 150-word bio and contact information for every participant.


Call for Community Service Provider & Youth Participation: 

We are seeking proposals for 1) Presentations about unique work being done to end and prevent homelessness and 2) Workshops on best practices/skills/strategies from agencies and organizations that support homeless and at-risk youth. We encourage a broad range of applicants, from those involved in long-term municipal Housing First projects to organizations that are just beginning to address complex issues influencing youth homelessness such as mental illness, substance use, identity, unemployment, education, rural residence, poverty and other important dimensions. Proposals concerning communities outside of major metropolitan Canadian cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) are particularly encouraged.

Youth reps on our planning committee are developing three full days of conference events that are specific to, and relevant for, young people with lived experiences of homelessness. We encourage service providers to sponsor young people from their agencies to attend the conference. We also hope to have some funds available for travel stipends for youth from across the country, to support their travel and accommodations in Ottawa. We will provide more information on the youth portion of the conference as our plans develop.

Presentations: Please submit a 300-500-word summary of a 15-minute presentation you would like to give on the work that your organization is doing to support homeless or at-risk youth. Applicants are encouraged to present on innovative community-based programming, collaborative initiatives being done with youth clients as well as youth and peer-based initiatives. Presentations focused on audience engagement and visual elements are encouraged. Co-presenting with youth is encouraged.

Workshops: Please submit a 300-500-word summary detailing a 1-hour workshop you would like to conduct during the conference. This could be an educational session for service provider best practices, a skills development workshop for youth attendees or a session co-developed by service providers and youth.

Format: Please submit your proposal through our online submission portal. Upload your proposal as a Microsoft Word document with the .docx extension. The file name must include your last name, first name and contribution type (E.g. Smith_Joan_paper.docx). In the same document, please include a 150-word bio and contact information for every participant.


Deadline Extension! May 15th, 2017