This project was created by the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness. The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness’ purpose is to continually build upon the collective wisdom and experience of our members and partners to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness nationally. We are accomplishing this by providing a community of practice for service providers and by advocating for systemic and policy changes that will prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness. We operate from a collaborative and open-sourced perspective.
For more information on this project please contact:
Learning Community Manager
A Way Home Canada
WHY THIS RESOURCE IS NEEDED
The goal of this Toolkit is help staff and organizations become better allies of LGBTQ2S youth. To do this we need to create welcoming spaces for LGBTQ2S youth. Before we can create welcoming spaces we need to understand the current context of what our spaces are like for LGBTQ2S youth. Following this we need to ask young people how our processes need to be revised to make our spaces comfortable, supportive and respective for youth. Staff need accessible training to improve our practice. Organizations need access to tools that will assist with the development of policies, forms, signage etc. With this foundation of knowledge, training and resources; we can become better allies for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.
This project will have the following outcomes:
Online training resources for staff
Promising practices inventory for working with LGBTQ2S youth
The beginning of a national response to the over representation of LGBTQ2S youth in the homeless population based on community input/involvement and cultural programming and transitional knowledge sustainability
Improved experiences of LGBTQ2S youth accessing the programs of participating organizations
Showcase emerging and promising practices that support LGBTQ2S youth living in urban and suburban communities with a goal of developing strategies that would work in rural, northern and remote communities.
We hope you find this Toolkit to be a valuable resource in your practice and will assist you to make it better now for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.