The fourth annual Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit, FRIDAY, NOV. 13, and FRIDAY, NOV. 20
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) and Las Vegas Sands, with support from the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, will host the fourth annual Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit as a virtual conference series on Friday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 20. Themed “The Movement Fights Back,” Summit 2020 will promote community resiliency around the priority issues of 2020 – COVID-19 and systemic racism – in the fight to end youth homelessness.
- Friday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., What You Need to Know – A Conversation on Homelessness and COVID-19: Young people with lived experience of homelessness and local and national experts on COVID-19 will hold a roundtable discussion on the real-world intersections of COVID-19 and youth homelessness.
- Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Be the Solution – Youth Homelessness and Anti-racism: Social justice and anti-racism experts will address how systemic racism creates and sustains youth homelessness and how the public, nonprofit and private sectors can incorporate anti-racist practices into their work.
- The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Nov. 13 live panel discussion): For vulnerable youth, COVID-19 has greatly compounded already difficult circumstances, creating new hardships around housing, employment, education, healthcare and much more.
Las Vegas/Clark County consistently ranks in the top five major metropolitan areas with the largest numbers of unaccompanied homeless children and youth, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since 2013, Nevada has had one of the highest rates of unsheltered homeless children and youth living alone on our streets of any state in the nation, with the overwhelming majority of these youth residing in Southern Nevada.
In 2018, our community came together to create the first-ever Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness, outlining solutions for real, sustainable change. While the Plan achieved numerous important successes in its initial year, the events of 2020 have necessitated adjustments and evolution to ensure our community best addresses the current environment and risk factors in the fight to end youth homelessness.
For more information: nphy.org/Summit2020.