For the fourth annual Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit, Las Vegas Sands and Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth have rolled-out plans.
The 2020 version will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on disadvantaged young people and the role racism plays in perpetuating youth homelessness, taking place under the moniker ‘The Movement Fights Back.’
In line with the priorities outlined in the Southern Nevada Strategy to End Youth Homelessness, an emphasis is put on developing sensitive solutions to these changes.
It was commented on in a media release: “In 2020, COVID-19 created new hardships for youth experiencing homelessness around housing, employment, education, healthcare and more. Additionally, the events of this year have put sharp focus on how systemic racism and oppression are shaping the youth homelessness crisis in our region and throughout the United States.”
Summit 2020 will be a virtual experience with two live panel discussions per week with knowledge and inspiring content relevant to topics delivered to participants throughout the week leading up to the panels.
In a panel discussion format designed to propel ideas, live sessions will include young people and experts discussing high-impact issues.
Arash Ghafoori, executive director of Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth said: “We must continue to make the Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness relevant and resilient by addressing the impact of these issues on the lives of our youth.
“These historic times have greatly exacerbated the challenges for young people experiencing homelessness, and it makes the Movement’s work harder – but even more important.”
NPHY and Sands Cares, Las Vegas Sands’ community engagement and charitable donation initiative, with funding from the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, are presenting Summit 2020.
The Summit has merged the Campaign to End Youth Homelessness into a coordinated, community-driven response to the substantial prevalence of youth homelessness in Southern Nevada since its establishment in 2017, which is among the highest in the nation for the rate of homeless youth.