10:00am – 10:50am

Main Stage

Morning agenda to be announced (TBA).

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11:00am – 12:00pm

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, Valley Youth House


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


12:00pm – 1:00pm

Plenary & Lunch

Keynote by Jama Shelton, PhD

Jama_Shelton_LMSWJama Shelton, MSW, PhD is the Chief Strategy Officer at True Colors United and an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dr. Shelton’s research examines the needs and experiences of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and the service providers with whom they work. In particular, Dr. Shelton is interested in identifying and addressing systemic barriers rooted in hetero/cisgenderism that frequently constrain the successful transition out of homelessness for LGBTQ youth and young adults. Read more about Dr. Shelton’s keynote here…


1:00pm – 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.

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