We’re excited to announce the winner of the 2017 40 to None Summit Challenge – which gives one lucky 40 to None Network member free registration to our annual Summit!
Tyler Harmon, Project Coordinator of the Veterans First Program at Friendship Place in Washington, D.C., will be attending the 40 to None Summit this October FREE of charge!
We connected with Tyler to share the news and chat about what he hopes to get out of his Summit experience.
Why are you excited about attending the 40 to None Summit?
I’m super excited about attending the 40 to None Summit this year because I was not able to attend last year and I know that a lot has developed in the interim. I also recently spent two weeks in the United Kingdom doing research on LGBTQ youth homelessness and I am eager to share what I learned.
What are some goals that you hope to accomplish by attending the 40 to None Summit?
By attending the Summit this year, I hope to learn new programming strategies and best practices implemented by other communities that are working to combat LGBTQ youth homelessness. I also hope to learn about new national funding opportunities.
What motivates you to be committed to the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness?
Aside from identifying as part of the community, I am motivated and committed to the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness because a young person should not be more likely to experience homeless than others just based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This is not a reality that I am willing to accept and I am determined to work hard to make systematic changes that will actually take us from 40 percent to NONE.
Tyler hit the nail on the head. If LGBTQ youth homelessness is a reality you just can’t accept, we invite you to join us, Tyler, and leaders young and old to strategize solutions at the 40 to None Summit (October 3-4 in Philadelphia, PA).
Christa recently received her MSW from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College community organizing program. She is committed to advancing social justice and promoting social reform through macro social work and policy advocacy. Prior to school Christa was in the Peace Corps where she spent two years perfecting her chopstick skills in China.