Windy City Hosts Homeless Youth Summit
On May 2-5 in Chicago, the Windy City Times is hosting "Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!", a summit on LGBTQ youth. Affinity Community Services Executive Director Kim Hunt will serve as the director of the summit, which seeks to assess the current issues impacting homeless youth, and new solutions to these complex issues.
"Windy City Times wants to bring a public spotlight to these issues, inviting all major and smaller agencies and individuals addressing LGBTQ youth, including youth themselves, to participate in a new way of working together, similar to the diverse and transparent approach to the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality in 2013," said Summit host Tracy Baim, Windy City Times publisher and founder of the March.
The summit is a follow-up to the award-winning Windy City Times Generation Halsted series. That series of articles, plus several other important reports on issued related to LGBTQ youth, are available for download on the summit’s website.
Each of the summit’s three days will have a different area of focus. On Friday, May 2, people 25 and under who have been impacted by homelessness can discuss issues from 2-8 p.m. at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
On Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., youth, nonprofits, government agencies, politicians, foundations, activists, service providers, academic researchers and individuals working on these issues can meet at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Behavioral Sciences Bldg, 1007 W. Harrison. Registration is $45 for adults; free for youth.
And on Monday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., the issue comes before government agencies, politicians, foundations (private, public and corporate foundations encouraged to attend), academics and donors.
The first two days of the summit will be broken down into general plenary sessions and facilitated workshops focused on areas including: Housing issues (shelters, DCFS, HUD, etc.), public policy (city, county, state, federal), legal issues (emancipation, public safety), education and job training, healthcare access, mental health and substance abuse.