Engaging TAY Youth in CountyEngaging TAY Youth in County
Wide Homeless CensusWide Homeless Census
Why including youth can ...
Presentation GoalsPresentation Goals
Provide a background for why the count isProvide a background for why the count is
im...
Who are TAY Youth?Who are TAY Youth?
As defined byAs defined by WikipediaWikipedia::
Youth ages 16Youth ages 16--24 who ar...
Why is the Count Important to Youth?Why is the Count Important to Youth?
In a Global SenseIn a Global Sense
Figures tabula...
Why Do We Need TAY Anyway?Why Do We Need TAY Anyway?
TAY youth are a less visible homelessTAY youth are a less visible hom...
How to Engage Youth in the CountHow to Engage Youth in the Count
Find Peer LeadersFind Peer Leaders and hold a focus group...
Benefits for Staff and YouthBenefits for Staff and Youth
StaffStaff
Decreased reliance onDecreased reliance on
staff time ...
Examples That Have WorkedExamples That Have Worked
Hosted trainings on site for youth, provided a meal forHosted trainings...
New Ideas for Future CountsNew Ideas for Future Counts
For PIT count, work with the agencyFor PIT count, work with the age...
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Engaging TAY Youth in County Wide Homeless Census (Steve Nordseth)

  1. 1. Engaging TAY Youth in CountyEngaging TAY Youth in County Wide Homeless CensusWide Homeless Census Why including youth can make your countWhy including youth can make your count easier, safer, and more accurateeasier, safer, and more accurate Presented by:Presented by: Steven NordsethSteven Nordseth Program ManagerProgram Manager Bill Wilson 2Bill Wilson 2ndnd Street DropStreet Drop--In CenterIn Center San Jose, CASan Jose, CA
  2. 2. Presentation GoalsPresentation Goals Provide a background for why the count isProvide a background for why the count is important, and why it is particularly important forimportant, and why it is particularly important for TAY youthTAY youth Why TAY youth should be involved in the countWhy TAY youth should be involved in the count itselfitself How to engage youth, and examples ofHow to engage youth, and examples of techniques that have been successful in the pasttechniques that have been successful in the past
  3. 3. Who are TAY Youth?Who are TAY Youth? As defined byAs defined by WikipediaWikipedia:: Youth ages 16Youth ages 16--24 who are transitioning out24 who are transitioning out of state custody or foster care and whoof state custody or foster care and who are atare at--risk.risk. For our purposes this definition should beFor our purposes this definition should be expanded to include all youth 16expanded to include all youth 16--24 who are24 who are atat--risk as systems youth are not the onlyrisk as systems youth are not the only people making up the homeless youthpeople making up the homeless youth population.population.
  4. 4. Why is the Count Important to Youth?Why is the Count Important to Youth? In a Global SenseIn a Global Sense Figures tabulated duringFigures tabulated during this count will be criticalthis count will be critical pieces of evidence topieces of evidence to determine potential needsdetermine potential needs as well as funding andas well as funding and resources for counties asresources for counties as a whole, accuracy isa whole, accuracy is critical.critical. For Local UseFor Local Use The count can provide aThe count can provide a context to the local issuecontext to the local issue of homelessness in yourof homelessness in your county, meaning you arecounty, meaning you are more informed as tomore informed as to where to direct fundingwhere to direct funding and resources availableand resources available within your agency towithin your agency to most effectively serve themost effectively serve the homeless population.homeless population.
  5. 5. Why Do We Need TAY Anyway?Why Do We Need TAY Anyway? TAY youth are a less visible homelessTAY youth are a less visible homeless population, they are less likely to sleep in publicpopulation, they are less likely to sleep in public view, and blend in with the general youthview, and blend in with the general youth population. Takes a trained eye to recognize.population. Takes a trained eye to recognize. Homeless youth subculture is tight, youth knowHomeless youth subculture is tight, youth know where and when to look for each other.where and when to look for each other. Homeless youth are aware of what to look for asHomeless youth are aware of what to look for as signs of homelessness.signs of homelessness.
  6. 6. How to Engage Youth in the CountHow to Engage Youth in the Count Find Peer LeadersFind Peer Leaders and hold a focus group, ifand hold a focus group, if you cook it, they will come.you cook it, they will come. Connect youth leaders with the agency providingConnect youth leaders with the agency providing the logistical support for the count by hosting athe logistical support for the count by hosting a sit down or a training sessionsit down or a training session Prepare youth for what will be in store the day ofPrepare youth for what will be in store the day of the count, waking early, walking, communicatingthe count, waking early, walking, communicating Use program incentives for youth participationUse program incentives for youth participation Partnership with other youth servingPartnership with other youth serving organizations in your areaorganizations in your area
  7. 7. Benefits for Staff and YouthBenefits for Staff and Youth StaffStaff Decreased reliance onDecreased reliance on staff time and resourcesstaff time and resources More complete picture ofMore complete picture of homelessness in yourhomelessness in your areaarea Having TAY youth asHaving TAY youth as gate keepers keeps staffgate keepers keeps staff safersafer Relationship buildingRelationship building TAY YouthTAY Youth Sense of ownership ofSense of ownership of TAY issuesTAY issues Increased responsibilityIncreased responsibility and commitment toand commitment to programsprograms RRéésumsuméé experienceexperience Payment or incentivePayment or incentive Relationship buildingRelationship building
  8. 8. Examples That Have WorkedExamples That Have Worked Hosted trainings on site for youth, provided a meal forHosted trainings on site for youth, provided a meal for those attendingthose attending Sent youth to highly concentrated urban areas whereSent youth to highly concentrated urban areas where they are familiar with the landscape and local youththey are familiar with the landscape and local youth hangouts, service providers, buildings, or squatshangouts, service providers, buildings, or squats Paired up one staff with 1Paired up one staff with 1--3 client volunteers for the PIT3 client volunteers for the PIT count. Dropcount. Drop--Off for tighter geographical areas, or mobileOff for tighter geographical areas, or mobile for large areas. Use the time you are given to complete afor large areas. Use the time you are given to complete a thorough count, get down and dirty.thorough count, get down and dirty. Had a brainstorm session regarding time, place, andHad a brainstorm session regarding time, place, and techniques for survey collection,techniques for survey collection, Locations circled on map, times indicated, teams created, logistLocations circled on map, times indicated, teams created, logisticalical considerations, time boundaries.considerations, time boundaries.
  9. 9. New Ideas for Future CountsNew Ideas for Future Counts For PIT count, work with the agencyFor PIT count, work with the agency coordinating the count to give TAY youthcoordinating the count to give TAY youth volunteers survey areas that have been prevolunteers survey areas that have been pre-- determined by youth (focus groups) to have adetermined by youth (focus groups) to have a high concentration of Homeless Youth.high concentration of Homeless Youth. Encourage youth to doEncourage youth to do ““mock Interviewsmock Interviews”” duringduring the survey training, and to gain experiencethe survey training, and to gain experience interviewing friends (uninterviewing friends (un--housed) prior to hittinghoused) prior to hitting the streets.the streets.
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