2018 Best Practices for Youth Conference

Q & A Session and Panel Discussion

Youth Homelessness in America

August 7th 1pm EDT, 10am PDT

Workshop Description

4.2 million young people in America are experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year. From K-12 to college, and from rural to urban areas, youth from different paths of life can experience homelessness at any given time. Hear from experts that work with homeless youth, and learn the barriers, services, and approaches that are needed to help youth and families combat homelessness. 

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Emma York-Jones

Emma's devotion to working with youth and young adults stemmed from serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. Upon her return, she began working at YouthCare applying many of the same skills. Emma has worked in residential services for homeless youth across many levels for the last 9 years. She now serves as YouthCare's Director of Under-18 Housing and Shelter Services. Emma is a NRCYS Certified Trainer for Residential Child and Youth Care Professionals. Emma has presented on Best Practice for Serving LGBTQ Youth at the Runaway Homeless Youth Grantees National Training and the National Safe Place Conference, as well as presenting on youth transitioning into independent living programs at the National Resource Center for Youth Services Conference. This year, she sits on the planning committee for the 2018 RHY Grantees National Training. Emma has also participated on a Youth Development panel at the Out & Equal NW Regional Affiliate Conference. She enjoys working with staff to create systems that best support youth and utilizes trauma informed best practices. 

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Erin Chapman-Smith

Erin has made a focus in her career on serving the most vulnerable youth in our communities. Her expertise is in helping homeless youth stabilize and rebuild. Erin has worked across all levels of Transitional Living Programs (TLP). She currently serves as the Interim Director of Over-18 Housing services at YouthCare which includes the only LGBTQ focused TLP in Washington State. Erin is a NRCYS Certified Trainer - Residential Child and Youth care Professional and has provided LGBTQ trainings to many organizations including YouthCare, Friends of Youth, Tacoma Public Schools, University of Puget Sound, Comprehensive Life Resources, and Central Washington University, RHY National Conference, NAEH National Conference. Often these trainings are LGBTQ 101, 102 trainings to support team growth with identifying areas of growth with LGBTQ competency.

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