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


Breakfast dog

9:00am – 10:15am

Main Stage

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Gregory Lewis, True Colors United


Hablo Rodriguez, National Youth Forum on Homelessness

Lightning Rounds 1

Towards Equity, Towards Liberation; Jonathan Lykes, Black Youth Project 100

What’s the Hype on YHDP; Sarah Hunter, Corporation for Supportive Housing

A Look Behind the Curtain: The Story of the Austin Youth Collective; Rhie Azzam Morris; Austin Youth Collective in partnership with LifeWorks

Grand Challenge Accepted; Megan Gibbard-Kline, A Way Home America


Jama Shelton, Ph.D; True Colors United

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…

10:25am – 11:25am

Breakout Sessions 1

All Are Welcome: Engaging Communities of Faith

This session will explore how we can create space at the table for ALL theological backgrounds: progressive, moderate, conservative. It will truly take us all working together to change the familial rejection narrative of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Speaker: Josh Cogan, Outlast Youth

Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivor Experiences: Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Youth and young adults experiencing homelessness are at higher risk for sexual exploitation and trafficking. Recognizing signs and learning tangible ways to support and advocate on behalf of survivors is paramount in ending youth homelessness.

Speaker: Kris Pitts

Art for Change: Collaboration, Creativity, and Compromise

This session is a collaborative art experience that will guide participants through creating a unified statement from diverse passions, skills, and materials. This session is co-facilitated by young adults from the Pride Task Force and centers young attendees. All are welcome, regardless of skill level.

Speakers: ZC, Valley Youth House; Alyssa Weinfurtner, Valley Youth House; Brit Christopher

The #Basics: Understanding Homelessness Policy & Practice

To have a unified voice, we must have a common understanding of the problem we are trying to address. And for our actions to be effective, we must propose solutions that are well-informed. This session provides a broad overview of homelessness and related policies and practices.

Speaker: Mindy Mitchell, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Getting Really Real About Youth Collaboration

This fishbowl-style panel featuring members of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness will highlight the journeys and learnings of 4 youth advocates from across the country. Join us in a candid conversation about the successes, struggles, hopes and dreams of youth collaboration efforts.

Moderator: Azia Ruff, National Youth Forum on Homelessness

A Strengths Based Approach to Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

This Interactive workshop will provide youth-serving professionals with recommendations on how to support LGBTQ youth in order to reduce suicide risk and promote resiliency. This workshop will also focus on new research from The Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health.

Speaker: Chris Bright, The Trevor Project

11:30am – 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions 2

Hit Refresh: Transforming Your Youth Homelessness System

This session will provide tools to facilitate a community conversation on modeling the resources needed to end youth homelessness and offer strategies for youth to take leadership roles in the process. Participants will gain skills to help make an impact in their community through system modeling.

Speaker: Tom Haskin, Corporation for Supportive Housing

The House That *We* Built: The Past, Present, and Future of Ballroom

The Ballroom scene was created as a safe haven for many black and brown LGBTQ youth in the NYC area. This session will discuss the many nuances experienced by many members of the Ballroom Community. We will discuss how the creation of Houses was direct action towards aiding LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Speakers: Jennifer Lee, House Lives Matter; Bryan Thompson, CDG Community

That’s a Wrap: Recapping the 2019 True Colors Fellowship

After six months of hard work, True Colors United’s class of Fellows will graduate at the Impact Summit! Fellows partner directly with a True Colors Fund staff member to execute a project that furthers our mission of ending LGBTQ youth homelessness. Hear all about their work in this session.

Speakers: 2019 True Fellows, True Colors United

(Re)searching for the Answers: The LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Research Agenda

Data dorks, unite! This session will provide an overview of the groundbreaking LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Research Agenda and offer updates on the status of the project.

Speaker: Jama Shelton, PhD, True Colors United

Show Up: Intersectional Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth of Color

This session will engage a diverse panel of youth-serving professionals and youth leaders as they share the results from the Human Rights Campaign’s Black and African American Youth Report. Participants will better understand how to elevate and support queer youth of color in order to inform their own intersectional advocacy.

Speakers: Rishard Butts, Human Rights Campaign; Leslie Hall, Human Rights Campaign Foundation; Zimar Batista, Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador

Lights, Camera, Action: Media in the Movement

This session will explore the importance, impact and power of documentary video. Attendees will learn how presenters partnered with youth in this filmmaking process. Participants will learn about the impact of video media, and gain tools on how to capture these important stories.

Speakers: Jason Alarcon, Rainbow Video Collective; Scott Boswell, Rainbow Video Collective

12:35pm – 1:35pm

Deeper Dive Lunch

Connect over shared interests in this networking-centered lunch.

Kirby Eating

1:40pm – 2:40pm

Breakout Sessions 3

Money Moves: Partnering with Funders to End Youth Homelessness

This session will explore how funders are partnering with nonprofits to create and advance solutions to prevent and end youth homelessness. Attendees will discover new ways to meaningfully engage with grant-makers beyond simply requesting funding.

Speaker: Tabitha Blackwell, Funders Together to End Homelessness

From YAB to FAB: Positive Outcomes for Youth

Many communities are launching YABs as a way to activate the power of their youth and young adults. But what then? This session will explore how we can support young people to take their power into employment and leadership opportunities. It will challenge us to make good on our promises to YAB members.

Speakers: Matthew Aronson; Quinn Rei, Boston Youth Action Board; Jarelis Fonseca, Boston Youth Action Board

Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice: Reentry Planning in Communities

More than 40% of young people who have experienced homelessness report that they have also spent time in a jail, detention facility, or prison. This session will explore successful reentry efforts and ways to address the intersections of youth homelessness and juvenile justice more broadly. Special considerations and strategies to ensure that re-entry programming meets the needs of LGBTQ/GNC youth will also be discussed.

Speaker: Lisa Pilnik, Coalition for Juvenile Justice

United Nations of Youth Collaboration

Globally we face incredibly complex challenges in ending LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. In developing global networks and unity, we are better positioned to respond to local needs and develop responses. This session will youth collaboration on an international scale.

Speaker: Tim Sigsworth, Albert Kennedy Trust

After You! Opening the Door for Trans Youth

In this session, Larkin Street staff and youth will discuss their experience opening a new program to house transgender youth, and how the Larkin Street adapted its service offerings to meet trans youths’ unique needs. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their current efforts, challenges, and brainstorm new ways of supporting trans youth.

Speaker: Christopher Rodriguez, Larkin Street Youth Services; Alice Peach, Larkin Street Youth Services

Youth Lead the Way: Creating a Better System

Harris County Youth Collective redesigned its community engagement strategy from one that was bureaucratic and system-centered to one that is community-based and youth and family-centered by ensuring youth with lived experience lead the process for organizing and engagement. Learn how they did it!

Speaker: Dieter Cantu, Harris County Youth Collective; Angel Fuentes, Harris County Youth Collective; Angel Jackson, Harris County Youth Collective

2:45pm – 4:00pm

Experience Hall

This year, for the first time, the Impact Summit will include a fully interactive Experience Hall. This isn’t your typical conference exhibit hall… Our Experience Hall will feature:

    • An art project by the National Youth Forum on Homelessness
    • A vogueing demonstration
    • Our Learning Community brought to life
    • A photobooth
    • Massages and self care
    • And more!

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Youth & Young Adult Meetup

Mix and mingle with other young people at the Impact Summit! Sorry to all our older friends, this one’s just for the young folks.

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Opening Reception

Get to know people you haven’t met yet, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate success at the Impact Summit Opening Reception! We’ll recognize leaders in the movement to prevent and end LGBTQ youth homelessness and socialize over refreshments.


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