Addressing the Complexities of Youth Homelessness

Spring Social Issue Talks
March 29, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Addressing the Complexities of Youth Homelessness." Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVPRegistration will close on Thursday, March 21. 


Sam Greenberg, Co-Executive Director of Y2Y Network

Matthew Aronson, Youth Homelessness and Coordinated Community Response Specialist
Matt Aronson

Matthew Aronson is an independent consultant working with local and national partners to develop coordinated community responses to end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness in America. He spent over seven years as a subject matter expert in YYA homelessness and coordinated entry processes for the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, crafting federal policy, developing and implementing pilot projects, including the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, and leading various aspects of HUD's Continuum of Care grant program. Matt co-led the development of the Coordinated Entry Notice (CPD-17-01), among other publications, has developed and led numerous direct facilitation engagements, and has presented material on YYA homelessness and coordinated entry at numerous national conferences and webinars. Matt has spent most of his career working in direct service to youth as a school teacher, trainer, sports coach, facilitator, and nonprofit director. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Ukraine, and earned his MMP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and his BA in Political Economy from Williams College.

Jamila Bradley, Independent Consultant, Co-Author of the Massachusetts State Plan to End Youth Homelessness
Jamila Bradley

Jamila Bradley is an advocate, consultant, educator, and writer. Over the last four years they have worked with local, state, and private partners to address issues relating to race, equity, and youth homelessness. They co-authored the Massachusetts State Plan to End Youth Homelessness, including the development and facilitation of statewide focus groups, trainings, and content development of authentic youth engagement and best practices, and research on special populations represented in youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.  Jamila spent the last three years developing and co-facilitating the Boston Youth Advisory Board (YAB), in addition to providing technical assistance and YAB development support to Lowell and Maine. In their role as an advocate, Jamila has been a keynote speaker, moderated panels, and participated in dozens of press conferences, panels, podcasts, webinars, and advocacy events. 

Since 2013, Jamila has also worked as a political and community organizer. In this role, they have developed language for rally’s, protests, and demonstrations together with trans, indigenous, and immigrant activist groups. Most notably, Jamila played a significant role in the 2017 Trans and Queer Liberation and Immigrant Solidarity Protest which garnered nearly 1,000 participants, culminating in a facilitated community discussion. They also worked for two years as the legislative aide to the Vice Mayor of Cambridge. In that capacity, Jamila developed, evaluated, and facilitated trainings on workplace diversity and recruitment, social emotional learning and minority stress, and supported the culture code development for local government and the private sector. Jamila currently serves on the Board of Directors for Y2Y Harvard Square, a youth-run, youth-specific homeless shelter, with a seat on both Governance and Program Committees. 


Y2Y Network employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. Y2Y’s model creates an intervention point, getting young adults quickly off of the streets, providing emotional and physical stability, and facilitating access to needed resources.


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The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) is excited to announce the expansion of our annual March Social Issue Talk Series to all of spring. With the optimistic energy necessary to live and work in Boston, we are ushering in the start of spring early with our first event on February 21. The newly renamed Spring Social Issue Talk Series is still made up of eight free, educational events across the city but now takes place throughout the months of February to April. At each event, funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts and our 2019 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.

Learn about the entire series here.