Targeted Interventions: Meeting the Needs of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

MA Appleseed hosted its second annual conference on November 15, 2012. A diverse audience of policy advocates, legislators, state agencies, service providers, and educators attended. The keynote speaker, Christina Murphy, Director of Policy for the National Center on Family Homelessness, spoke on youth homelessness, provided national statistics, and spoke to the urgent needs of homeless youth. Edwin Darden, Director of Education Law and Policy at national Appleseed, presented a synopsis of the findings of recent our policy brief on unaccompanied homeless youth. The conference included a panel discussion addressing the unique vulnerabilities related to education, health, housing, and social justice. The breakout sessions covered topics ranging from appropriate methodologies to count this highly mobile yet invisible population to the importance of wraparound services. The conference created an excellent platform to discuss areas ripe for positive change and potential advocacy strategies to create meaningful improvement in the lives of these children.

Conference Materials

Conference Agenda

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Report from the National Center on Family Homelessness: America’s Youngest Outcasts

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MA Appleseed Policy Brief: Unaccompanied, Unidentified, and Uncounted: Developing Strategies to Meet the Needs of America’s Homeless Youth

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Presentation from breakout session #1: Creating a Comprehensive Definition of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

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Presentation and supplemental materials from breakout session #2: Identifying Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Deriving Data from an Accurate Count

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Presentation from breakout session #4: Comprehensive Programs and the Importance of a Wrap-Around Approach

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2012 Good Apple Award recipient Edward J. Weiss.

Massachusetts Appleseed hosted its 5th annual Good Apple Reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room on March 22, 2012. During the Reception, Massachusetts Appleseed presented the “Good Apple Award” to Edward J. Weiss, General Counsel of Fenway Sports Group, for his unwavering commitment to public service, fairness and social justice.

Larry Lucchino introduced Mr. Weiss. Mr. Lucchino and Michael S. D’Orsi presented Mr. Weiss with the Good Apple Award. Mr. Lucchino is President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox. Mr. D’Orsi is Massachusetts Appleseed’s Board Chair and a partner at Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP.

Nancy J. Sterling, Senior Vice President at ML Strategies / Mintz Levin and a Massachusetts Appleseed Board Member, was master of ceremonies for the event, which was enjoyed by over 200 guests. Christine M. Netski, a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC and a Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Appleseed’s Board of Directors, thanked guests for attending and made concluding remarks.

Massachusetts Appleseed would like to thank all of those who attended and made this year’s reception an enormous success. We thank the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy for a charming choral performance. We thank all our sponsors, in particular Fenway Sports Group and the Red Sox Foundation, the event’s underwriters, whose generosity and strong support enables Massachusetts Appleseed to further its mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues.