Leading Canadian scholars on youth homelessness to speak at York U event April 26


TORONTO, April 22, 2013 – York University will host a panel of three experts on youth homelessness on Friday, April 26, as part of a celebratory launch of a new e-book focused on how to effectively respond to youth in crisis, and how to prevent youth from turning to the streets in the first place.

The e-book, Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice, features leading Canadian scholars sharing their research on youth homelessness, making clear the policy and practice implications of their research to help inform the efforts of those working on the frontlines of youth homelessness.

Featured Speakers:

“No Fixed Address: Young, Queer, & Restless”: Alex (Ilona) Abramovich will focus on how LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth, and the additional stigma, discrimination, and burdens LGBTQ youth face while on the streets.

“Homeless Youth, Nutritional Vulnerability, & Community Food Assistance Programs”: Val Tarasuk & Naomi Dachner will speak about how homeless youth face extreme nutritional vulnerability due to chronic food deprivation and poor quality of food, and how this can impact not only their nutritional health,  but also their social, psychological and emotional well-being.

“Ending Youth Homelessness in Canada is Possible: The Role of Prevention”: York University Professor Stephen Gaetz,director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN), will address prevention, including how we can stop young people from becoming homeless in the first place, and how we can ensure that if they do end up on the streets it is only for a short time so they do not become mired in homelessness or the street lifestyle.

WHAT: Speaker presentations and book launch of Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice

WHERE: York University, Atkinson building, Harry Crowe Room 109 and will also be broadcast live via webinar

WHEN: Friday, April 26, 2-4pm

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) brings together top researchers on homelessness in Canada. Working in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders and institutions (in the non-profit sector and in government), the CHRN is committed to enhancing the impact of research on the homelessness crisis. That is, our focus is on establishing effective mechanisms for knowledge exchange and mobilization in the area of homelessness research in Canada.


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Janice Walls, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x22101 wallsj@yorku.ca