Upon collaborating and generating a synthesized CLD model, participants and fellows then sat together to identify key leverage points that impacted the system of youth homelessness the most. These key leverage points were identified in clusters:

Family Conflict


Emotional Stability

Homeless Organizations/Resources.

Keeping these clusters in mind, the group participated in an activity called Action Ideas. Action ideas allows for the ideation of solutions and evaluation of those solutions in terms of implementation and impact on the system.

Youth then came up with a variety of solutions during this activity that would impact these key cluster groups.

Parent/Child Bonding Activities within the Community

Therapy for Families to Reduce Family Conflict

Public Fridge to Give Homeless Individuals Access to Food

Create Affordable Starter Apartments

More Jobs and Community Service Activities specifically for those Facing Homelessness

Buy One Bus Pass Give A Bus Pass Program

Better Awareness of Availability of College Scholarships

Programs to train Homeless Individuals in being Metro Drivers in order to generate new jobs

Collect Donations (care packages, clothing) Inside Public Places such as Schools

Encouragement and Support from Schools to Help Students with Job Placement

Creating Different Sources of Income for Economically Stressed Individuals to Have

School Fundraisers

Individual Counseling/Therapy Sessions Being Available at Schools/Community Centers

Therapy for families to reduce Family Conflict

Free Rehab from Drugs

Emotion Seminars within Schools

Give Youth Time to Express Themselves to their Family

Donation Drives

Policy Makers to Broaden Laws to help Homeless Youth more than currently allowed

Stretch the Definition of Homelessness in order to allow Funders to be able to Reach More Homeless Individuals

Set up an Awareness/Resources Table

Spread Awareness that Homelessness has No Image/Identity