6.1 Increasing Access to Youth Programs and Keeping Youth Engaged


Conference Presentation | August 2, 2012

Files: Issue Brief: Length of Stay in the My First Place Program Contributes to Successful Outcomes for Transition Age Youth by Deanne Pearn, et al. (DOC | 99 KB | 13 pages)

There is a subset of homeless youth who have mental health and substance abuse disorders, may have lived on the streets for significant periods of time, and have significant barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing. In order to end youth homelessness and protect these youth from significant dangers on the street, it is essential to engage them, house them, and keep them housed. This workshop will feature programs that are successfully engaging youth and maintaining that engagement through specific strategies.

The powerpoint presentations for this workshop are available for download above.


  • Mark Evans, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston, MA
  • Melinda Giovengo, YouthCare, Seattle, WA (Moderator)
  • Christy Saxton, First Place for Youth, Oakland, CA