Responding to Youth Homelessness: A Systems Approach Learning Series

This learning series follows our research forum Re-Imagining Our Response to Youth Homelessness, a Canadian and Global Perspective held in York Region on November 26, 2012. Between February and June 2013, we invited seven leading researchers/ practitioners from across Canada to participate in a learning series to further inform our response to youth homelessness. Presentations explore upstream partnerships with education, health care, child protection and the youth justice sectors, as well as models of housing and innovative approaches to training/employment.

Session 1 February 12, 2013
A systemic approach to addressing youth homelessness in Niagara
Keynote Mike Lethby, Executive Director, Niagara Resource Service for Youth Watch Mike's presentation

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Session 2 Friday, March 8, 2013 
Addressing homelessness and mental health challenges

Cheryl Forchuk, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Director of Nursing Research Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario

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Session 3 Friday, April 5, 2013    
Joining the dots: Understanding the links between child protection and youth homelessness

Naomi Nichols, Ph.D.  
Applied Social Scientist, Learning Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children
Adjunct Professor, Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education Program

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Session 4 Friday, April 19, 2013    
“The Infinity Project” - An innovative Housing First program for homeless youth

Katie Davies
Boys and Girls Clubs, Calgary

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Session 5 Wednesday, May 8th, 2013    
Integrated housing model for Aboriginal Youth – Foyers for youth organized through the bands

Susan McGee
Homeward Trust, Edmonton

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Session 6 Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013    
“Train for Trades” – An innovative housing and social enterprise project focusing on “green jobs” employment training, homeless youth

Sheldon Pollett
Choices for Youth, St. Johns, Newfoundland

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Session 7 Tuesday, June 18th, 2013    
“Roofs for Youth” Discharge planning and support for young people leaving detention – Pilot project

Woods Homes/John Howard Society, Calgary

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This FREE learning series is made possible by a United Way York Region partnership with York University’s Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit funded through a Public Outreach Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); the Canadian Homelessness Research Network; Eva’s National Initiatives Program; and Covenant House Toronto.

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