Morning Mindfulness Session

This session is sponsored by MyPath, a peer-based mindfulness and yoga program program designed to reduce experiences of violence in a community of young persons experiencing homelessness. Attendees will participate in an experiential inclusive mindfulness activity and leave with tools to promote mindfulness and yoga in their programs and communities.

Moderator: Robin Petering, PhD, MSW; Lens Co

8:00am – 9:00am


Spongebob breakfast


9:00am – 10:00am

Main Stage

Welcome Back!

Rivianna Hyatt, True Colors United


Osimiri Sprowal, True Colors Fellow

Lightning Round

Racial Equity: Laying the Foundation; Amanda Andere, Funders Together to End Homelessness

Moving from Equity to Justice; Marc Dones, National Innovation Service

Beyond Rescue: A Movement to Strength, Resilience, & Hope; Kendan Elliott, Youth Collaboratory

Every Superhero Needs an HQ; Josephine Pufpaff, Youth Collaboratory

Introducing the NYFH Policy Agenda; Amanda Clifford, National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH)


10:00am – 11:00am

Breakout Sessions 4

Sharing Power: Philanthropy’s Role in Centering Lived Experience

This session will engage funders in a discussion around philanthropy’s role in lifting voices of lived experience and prioritizing the expertise of those in creating solutions. Attendees will gain strategies on how they can support their foundations and their grantees in this work.

Speaker: Tabitha Blackwell, Funders Together to End Homelessness

Level Up: Transforming Local Data into Statewide Policy

We need community stakeholders, advocates, and policy makers working together to remove barriers for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. This session will explore ways to turn local data into statewide policy, how to lobby your elected officials, and compare TX bills and policies to the True Colors United Statewide Assessment.

Speaker: Josh Cogan, Outlast Youth

Adventure Time! Using Outdoor Therapy to Promote Leadership and Advocacy

Outdoor therapy allows group members to generate their own solutions and provides experiential opportunities to transfer learning to life outside of a therapeutic setting. Outdoor/Adventure therapy is explored as a tool to promote leadership and advocacy skills among LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

Speakers: Andrew Palomo, National Network for Youth

Let’s Get Radical: Addressing The *Actual* Causes of Homelessness

Forget politics, low-cost, prioritization, and “win-win” solutions… Let’s explore radical ideas that address the actual causes of homelessness. This session will present a few examples of radical systems change and ask participants to develop proposals for how to upend the status quo in their communities.

Speaker: Matthew Aronson

Young People to the Front: Uniting Youth and Board Members to Impact Policy

This workshop will focus on developing young adults and board members to lead public policy efforts at nonprofit agencies who focus on providing services. We will discuss why it is critical for community-based organizations employ young adults with lived-experience for public policy efforts.

Speaker: Amanda Clifford, Bill Wilson Center; Melinda Giovengo, YouthCare; Sparky Harlan, Bill Wilson Center

The Bar is on the Floor: Meeting the LGBTQ Inclusion Criteria

This session will explore True Colors United’s current LGBTQ Inclusion Criteria and the way it’s tracked. We will review the research behind the Criteria and its current application in direct care and social services. Attendees will leave knowing how to complete every Inclusion Criteria.

Speaker: Michelle Blassou, True Colors United

11:15am – 12:20pm

Main Stage


Dominique Jackson, star of POSE

Dominique Jackson

We’re thrilled to announce that Dominique Jackson, star of FX’s POSE, will be delivering Thursday’s keynote address at our Impact Summit. POSE features the largest cast of transgender actors ever assembled in a scripted show, and in two seasons has already been nominated for two Golden Globes and three Emmys.

Dominique will be joined by our Program Director and POSE choreographer Twiggy Pucci Garçon for a conversation about chosen family and how it relates to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. They’ll also be exploring what it means for a show like POSE to find mainstream success, particularly for the transgender community.

Hill Day Prep

Let’s get in formation before advocating on Capitol Hill! We’ll go over instructions, hand out resources, and make sure everyone is set up for success.

Lunch is Served!

Naruto eating ramen

12:20pm – 5:00pm

Make Your Impact: Capitol Hill Day

The Impact Summit will culminate with our first-ever Hill Day where attendees will meet with their elected officials, flex their advocacy muscles, and make an impact at the national level.