Please join UNITY of Greater New Orleans for our kick-off planning meeting for the Orleans Parish Voices of Youth Count on May 17, 2016. The Orleans Parish community has agreed to be one of the 22 communities actively partnering in the Voices of Youth Count (VoYC), an innovative policy research initiative. The Voices of Youth Count, launched by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, is a youth-centered initiative that will expand our knowledge of the experience of unaccompanied homeless and runaway youth so we can better advocate for services, target resources, and work to end youth homelessness.
Youth who have experienced homelessness bring an important perspective to this work and their involvement in the Initiative is vital for its success—please speak to the young people you work with and encourage them to participate in this initial meeting. We want youth to be involved from the outset, helping to shape the whole process, from the way we engage youth to the questions we ask to the conclusions we draw.
Your voice as an important stakeholder in Orleans Parish is also very important for the Initiative’s success—your knowledge of how youth navigate housing instability, the barriers they face and the resources they need. Without you, we will not be able to accurately understand the full picture of youth’s experience here.
On May 17, 2016, we will meet at 2475 Canal Street 1st Floor Annex from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We hope you will be able to join in person, but if not, please let us know and we can provide information to join remotely. You can also feel free to send someone else from your organization if you are unable to attend. Additionally, please feel free to circulate this invitation to other people that you think should be involved in our efforts.
We’ll answer your questions at the meeting. Many thanks for your leadership and your support of youth in Orleans Parish.