So often I hear from youth who experienced homelessness that they felt invisible.
Last week was a wonderful rare exception.
I was honored to be at the White House for the launch of A Way Home America, a new national initiative with the sole purpose of ending youth homelessness in our country by the end of 2020.
For the past year, the Melville Charitable Trust has worked with a remarkable group of partners—youth providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists, and young people—to lay the groundwork for this initiative. We are united around a common goal, and knowing the passion and talent we have around the table and across the country, I am confident we will get there.
Over the next year, A Way Home America will elevate the issue of youth homelessness nationally, identify the policies needed, and provide a collective voice to advocate for changes critical to address this issue. We will learn from young people who have experienced homelessness and we will challenge local communities to establish ambitious goals to house youth experiencing homelessness.
As a member of the executive committee of A Way Home America, I am so pleased that we have Megan Gibbard at the helm of this bold effort. Megan spearheaded the response to youth homelessness in King County, Washington and is a nationally recognized leader in her work with homeless youth. Her commitment and vision for this work is inspiring. Here’s a short video I shot of Megan officially launching the initiative: