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3rd Annual Youth Homelessness Summit in Kingston

KINGSTON, ON / April 5, 2017 – Organized by the Youth Out Loud Kingston & Area Youth Council (YOLK), the third annual Youth Summit will take place on Friday, April 7th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall, City Hall.

The Youth Council, supported and coordinated through the United Way, is made up of local youth who provide input into local initiatives, including youth homelessness and youth employment. The Council has planned the summit to raise awareness about the issues faced by youth in our community, especially those that could potentially lead to homelessness.

Youth Council members will facilitate practical, interactive and fun breakout sessions with local youth serving agencies on topics they have chosen and feel are important to all youth. This year’s topics include financial literacy, conflict resolution, substance use, communication skills and problem solving for change.  A video and speaker will share stories of local youth who have experienced homelessness.

“This event is a great opportunity to learn more about youth in our community”, says Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way of KFL&A.  “We appreciate the leadership role of the Youth Council in identifying topics and facilitating workshops that will help youth deal with some of the issues faced by them or someone they know.”

The summit is coordinated through the United Way, supported by local school boards, youth-serving agencies and the City of Kingston.  Facilitated workshops are provided by K3C Credit Counselling, Youth Diversion, Kairos, KEYS Job Centre and ReStart.  About 60 youth from local high schools, agency clients and from the community have confirmed participation.

About Youth Out Loud in Kingston & Area
The Youth Council is a committee of youth leaders from our community who come from local high schools, shelters, transitional housing programs and youth serving agencies. They provide the voice of youth by giving feedback and input to community initiatives related to youth.

For information on the plan to “End Youth Homelessness in Kingston & Area” visit: http://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/youth/

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Media Contact:
Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way of KFL&A
613-542-2674, ext. 1101, bvarma@unitedwaykfla.ca

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