Challenge: Gather a couple of local orgnizations serving youth and coordinate a Real World event in your area. Save money by getting a site license. Maybe all the groups can pitch in for it!
News From ILR:
ILR participants in statewide Affordable Housing Conference
On October 12th
, I was able to participate in the NC Affordable Housing Conference in Raleigh, NC. I joined another presenter (Stan Holt, United Way of the Greater Triangle) to share the housing needs of youths in transition from foster care. Additionally, Stan discussed the collective impact work we have been doing in the Triangle area to serve this population. The audience was very receptive to the work and range of semi-independent living arrangements the communities need to serve young adults leaving foster care. Their enthusiasm was assisted by a moving keynote speech (and songs) by Jimmy Wayne, renowned country singer and alumni of the NC foster care system. Jimmy did a great job setting up interest in our topic.
Jimmy Wayne and Nancy pose for a selfie.
Connect with affordable housing supporters in your area to help generate more housing options to allow young adults to “practice” and help meet housing needs connected with the federal law asking states to extend foster care to 21.