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SWON Webinar - How Librarians are Ending Youth Homelessness

FREE for members ($20/$25) - This webinar will help library staff understand youth homelessness in their community and how they can have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

8/30/2017
When: 11:00 AM
Where: Online - a link to this webinar will be mailed the day of the event
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422 ext 10


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How Librarians are Ending Youth Homelessness 

Description:

Youth homelessness is a growing problem in many communities.  Greater Cincinnati is lucky in that there are a number of unique strategies and partnerships addressing youth homelessness.  Libraries are an important part of the solution.  This webinar will help library staff understand youth homelessness in their community and how they can have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability.  Lighthouse Youth and Family Services staff will share what’s happening locally, including a special collaboration with Cincinnati Main Public Library, as well as regional resources for library staff outside of Cincinnati. 

Competencies Covered:

  • Child's Services
  • Youth Adult Services
  • Community Relations

About the speakers:

Melissa Meyer, as a nurse, trainer and organizational leader, Melissa has helped communities tackle complex issues like LGBTQ inclusion, comprehensive sexuality education and intimate partner violence prevention through collaboration and partnerships. She’s worked with youth and youth-serving professionals in juvenile justice, drug treatment, mental health care, schools, disability services and health care for over 25 years. Now she shares her talents with Hamilton County Ohio’s Safe and Supported, a project of Lighthouse Youth Services to end LGBTQ youth homelessness by 2020.  

Meredith Hicks is committed to improving the health of young people, and champions them as leaders on the policies and programs that impact their lives.  She currently serves as the Planning and Policy Director at Lighthouse Youth Services, partnering with youth and community organizations to end youth homelessness in Cincinnati by 2020. She received her Master’s in Public Health degree at the University of Minnesota and her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Meredith is a grassroots organizing trainer with Wellstone Action, and enjoys community gardening and birding with her young son.

Ryan Hall serves as the manager of the Youth Outreach Program – a program within Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth – Ohio’s only homeless shelter that serves 18-24 year olds exclusively. Ryan is passionate about Youth Outreach Program’s mission of engaging with young people living on the streets and connecting them to shelter, permanent housing and other services. Ryan received his Masters in Social Work from University of Cincinnati and is a licensed social worker. Outside of the Sheakley Center Ryan runs several music-related projects that explore the intersections of music and social activism.

Cost

FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$20 for members in our Ohio service area*
$25 for everyone else

*If you are outside of our service area, you are eligible for a free or reduced rate via your 
Regional Library System. Please register via NEO, NORWELD, or SERLS for this discount.

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