AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: Closing in on The Homestretch: A Community Dialogue on Youth Homelessness

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When and Where:
Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
at Central Library

40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Maria Rivera, Alan Witchey


Event Description:

Film screening and dynamic community dialogue on youth homelessness with Maria Rivera, Language Arts instructor featured in “The Homestretch.” 

The U.S. Department of Education defines homeless youth as those “who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." Youth homelessness, while pervasive, is often subtle and hidden to the unaided eye. “The Homestretch” looks at youth homelessness in inner-city Chicago, exploring a multifaceted problem with no easy solution. The goal of this event is to shed light on the fact that not all youth have a home and we, as a community, must come together to provide them the support they need to establish not only housing, but hopefully, a home. 

“The Homestretch” will be screened at 1pm with a Q&A session immediately following with Maria Rivera, Language Arts instructor featured in the film. 
Following the Q&A session will be a moderated panel discussion consisting of local, Indy youth who are experiencing homelessness. Participants will have the opportunity to hear some first-hand of experiences of youth within our community. Participants wishing to go deeper into this conversation, and really focus on what is occurring in Indianapolis are invited to stay longer and engage with the panel.

Following the panel discussion, participants will have the chance to lend their voice and engage in activities to generate action plans. These conversations will be guided by materials created by the filmmaker and local experts dedicated to ending homelessness in Indianapolis, including the Homeless Youth Taskforce, Outreach, Inc., and Stopover, Inc. Findings from the Homeless Youth Taskforce will also be shared at this time and participants will have the opportunity to share out their thoughts and generate ideas on how to create effective strategies to address youth homelessness by the end of the session.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested

Presented by Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Spargel Productions, Homeless Youth Taskforce, Outreach, Inc., and Stopover, Inc.

IndyGo: 4, 18, 19, 25, 28, 38, 39 

Awesomeness Nomination: Socially Meaningful 
Last March the Continuum of Care, the umbrella of organizations charged with addressing homelessness, held a Community Day to present data and host a dialogue about gaps in service in Lawrence, Warren, and Center townships. This community-inclusive approach garnered positive and dynamic action plans to address these gaps, which resulted in the creation of the Homeless Youth Taskforce. This Spirit & Place Festival event was designed to further fuel community discussion, hopefully bringing more youth to the table to talk about youth homelessness.