While participants were broken into three groups, each group went through team building exercises and used systems thinking tools to analyze the system underlying the problem of youth homelessness. Each group brought unique insights into youth homelessness and each participant’s perspective of the issue was captured in a Causal Loop Diagram (CLD). These CLDs or causal maps were developed by each group to capture behaviors between variables and identify feedback loops, or places in the system where variables are self-reinforcing or balancing, that create vicious or virtuous cycles.

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After each group developed their own causal loop diagrams, they came together with each of their models. The three groups worked together to develop a synthesized causal map of youth homelessness. This CLD was meant to incorporate all three CLDs generated in small groups in hopes of bringing a more detailed model that could clearly demonstrate key feedback loops and areas of leverage to impact the system of youth homelessness. They identified five key cluster areas that affect youth homelessness, these are color coded into the CLD below.