Call for Community Service Provider 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. 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.) and education/employment.
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. Please also feel free to submit panel proposals with 3 to 4 presentations under a summary topic; panels that incorporate diverse perspectives from youth, service providers, policy makers and academics are particularly welcome. Panel proposals ought to include a panel title or topic, 300-500 word summaries of each presentation, and 150 word bios and contact information for each presenter.
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.