After brainstorming and prioritizing action ideas based on the model’s leverage points, the youth participants engaged in S.M.A.R.T goal setting to design a service learning project. The group decided to plan a block party or family resource fair, with the goals of bringing the community together and providing awareness about youth homelessness. The service learning project aimed to impact the leverage points of family conflict, pride or readiness to access services, and exposure to resources.
The block party was designed to be open and advertised to all in the community, not just targeted to those currently experiencing homelessness. Resource partners would have booths to offer information and awareness to those in attendance. Family activities would be offered with the goal of strengthening family bonds and reducing conflict.
Finally, as a youth-led event, the teens set a goal to seek partnerships with organizations, vendors, and services that would successfully bring their peers together to tackle youth homelessness as a community.