1. Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Grantees Webinar: Opening Doors and What it Means for Youth


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    USICH Deputy Director Jennifer Ho moderates a question and answer session with USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe, Lighthouse Youth Services President Bob Mecum, and two youths in Cincinnati who have experienced homelessness. Webinar is introduced by HHS' Acting Associate Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Curtis Porter The discussion goes into detail about strategies that work to end youth homelessness and steps we must take to make the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020 a reality.

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    • Harm Reduction for Youth


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      Harm reduction is a model that has been very successful helping youth experiencing homelessness gain stability and direction. Using harm reduction for youth requires adapting the model to develop a youth appropriate intervention focused on positive development. Panelists Bob Mecum and Geoffrey Hollenbach from Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati, OH and Jon Bradley and Chris Bicknell from Preble Street in Portland, ME joined Jennifer Ho and three youth who have experienced homelessness in an interactive forum. The panel discussed the basics of a harm reduction model for youth and the benefits gained from meeting youth where they are at, offering them the supports and trusting relationships they need to gain stability.

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