Calgary Homeless Foundation is committed to ensuring that our efforts to end youth homelessness are guided by those who are experiencing it.
We have therefore created the Youth Advisory Table (YAT) for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 with lived experience of homelessness to come together to advise us and to help raise awareness of youth homelessness.
The YAT have a wide range of projects and achievements, including:
Attending the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Conference for two consecutive years (2018-2019);
Presenting at the 2018 Allies for Youth Conference in Edmonton, and
Presenting at the 2018 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness Conference in Red Deer.
Members of the YAT also work hard to advocate for and increase the visibility of youth who identify as LGBTQ2S+. These individuals are over-represented among the youth homeless population, and the efforts of the YAT on their behalf include:
Advocating for programs like The Aura, a Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary program that provides housing to Calgary LGBTQ2S+ youth, and
Participating in the 2018 Calgary Pride March.
The YAT is also a tireless fundraiser, raising $700 on Go Fund Me to send youth with lived experience to conferences and $575 for the Coldest Night of the Year walk in 2019.
Other accomplishments include:
Helping to “refresh” Calgary’s Youth Plan to End Homelessness in 2017;
Participating in Homeless Awareness Day, and
Serving as consultants to Alberta Health Services and The University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work.
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