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October 06, 2023

ABA to sponsor Justice for Youth Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2023 — The American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty (CHP) will hold a Justice for Youth Summit: Model Statutes for Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11.

The summit, supported by the law firm of Baker McKenzie, the Raikes Foundation and Microsoft, will mark the publication of “Model State Statutes: Youth and Young Adult Homelessness,” a new, free resource critical in guiding state and local level advocacy efforts on topics such as access to education, employment, vital documents, health, housing and more.

Justice for Youth Summit
Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

Oct. 11, 2-5 p.m.

Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center
901 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Scott Dibble, a state senator from Minnesota and the author of legislation to end youth homelessness in the state, will give the keynote address at 2 p.m.

Two panels will follow:

“Economic Justice and Direct Cash Transfer” — featuring Katie Scott, youth homelessness director at the National Homelessness Law Center; Sarah Berger Gonzalez, policy fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; Kenyan Farrow, a policy expert and political strategist; and Sofie Fashana, youth consultant for Point Source Youth on the Direct Cash Transfer program in Oregon; and Stacy Shamburger, a licensed Master Social Worker.

“Youth-led Advocacy in Action” — featuring Richard Hooks Wayman, president and CEO for Volunteers of America Northern New England; Gabriella McDonald, coordinator for Texas Appleseed’s cross-programmatic work; Idelia Robinson-Confer, impact project coordinator at PA CASA, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for children and youth within the foster care system; and Rhea Yo, director of legal services at Legal Counsel for Youth and Children.This event is free and open to members of the press.

For media credentialing, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or [email protected].

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