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 implement a block party or family resource fair, bringing the community together and providing awareness about youth homelessness. The service learning project aims to impact the leverage points of family conflict, pride or readiness to access services, and exposure to resources.

The block party will be open and advertised to all in the community, not just targeted to those currently experiencing homelessness. Resource partners will have booths to offer information and awareness to those in attendance. Family activities will be offered with the goal of strengthening family bonds and reducing conflict.

Currently, the youth are in the design phase of the service learning project, breaking into planning committees and preparing for implementation in Fall 2017. As a youth-led event, they are seeking partnerships with organizations, vendors, and services that will successfully bring their peers together to tackle youth homelessness as a community.

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about this event, please contact Dianne Lam at diannelam@wustl.edu