On Thursday, May 31st The DC Center sponsored a town hall on LGBT youth homelessness. The town hall raised questions on why LGBT youth are disproportionately affected by homelessness, what resources are available to these youth now, and how we as a community can better serve them moving forward. Below are ten action items that you can take to create change for LGBT homeless youth.
1.Support Local Homeless LGBT Youth. Sign our petition!
We need 20 more safe beds for homeless LGBT Youth in the District. Find out more and sign the petition here.
2.Take action on the National Level!
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Should Include Gay and Transgender Youth!
Find out more at here.
Attend the next Youth Working Group Meeting on June 11th at 6PM at the DC Center (1318 U Street, NW)
Support organizations that are working to address this issue. Visit www.thedccenter.org to donate to the DC Center Youth Working Group. Visit www.wandaalstonhouse.org to donate to the Wanda Alston House. Find out more about LYFE. Mentors at www.lyfementorsdc.org and make your donation here.
5.Become a Foster Parent!
Create a home for a loving child. Contact Elizabeth Jenkins-Sahlin at email@example.com for more information.
6.Become a CASA!
Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the District. CASA Volunteers are trained and assigned to a young person in the foster care system. Contact Seetal Parikh at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7.Support LYFE Mentors!
LYFE Mentors is a new initiative to create an LGBT Youth mentoring program and positively impact the lives of local LGBT Youth. Find out more at lyfementorsdc.org/join-us
Connect with Center Youth on Facbook.
Connect with Center Youth on Twitter.
10.Tell a friend!
Share this with your friends, and let them know how to support homeless LGBT youth in the District.