Reaching Home has hired Youth Catalytics, a cross-disciplinary consultancy with masters-level professionals in social work, counseling, education, and nonprofit management, to lead its runaway and homeless youth planning initiative. They bring a team with extensive experience in their respective specialties, which include research, evaluation, needs assessment, grant development, Runaway and Homeless Youth program development and enhancement, and strategic planning.
Reaching Home recently launched a comprehensive planning process to build service capacity and integrate services for homeless youth. Youth Catalytics will be managing this multi-level planning system to design a comprehensive, action-oriented plan, based on the framework developed by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), which will concretely address youths’ needs for stable housing, permanent connections, employment and education, and social-emotional well-being.
The planning process will be integrated with larger system change efforts and coordinated directly with the Opening Doors-CT framework and stakeholders. The USICH’s preliminary, research-informed intervention model, as well as evolving data and knowledge from the field, will inform the planning process as the Project tailors an approach for Connecticut. To achieve this comprehensive plan, the Project creates three focused groups:
- Youth Counting/Data Integration
- Stable Housing
- Services and Supports
Questions as this process moves forward should be directed to Stacey Violante Cote at the Center for Children’s Advocacy. Stacey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-570-5327.