In June 2016, St. Joseph’s Villa partnered with Advocates for Richmond Youth and Change The World RVA to hold “Growing Together to Serve Youth Successfully,” a day-long, youth-led training for ending youth homelessness. Direct service providers, program managers, advocates and agency directors from 65 different organizations came from as far as Philadelphia to participate in the dialogue.

The training was designed to expose participants to the realities of youth homelessness, and teach them how to access the resources they need to help those with unstable housing. Youth advocates directed group conversations about sub-populations of youth most likely to experience homelessness, what youth need from service providers to minimize the impact of homelessness, and strategies for creating effective system-level responses.

Video Training Modules

Understanding the Impact of Stigma on Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The State of Youth Homelessness: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

Five Things You Can Do to be a Youth-Affirming Agency

Building Empathy for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Building Empathy for Youth Experiencing Homelessness – Scenario 2

Using Empathy to Take Care of Ourselves