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City launches youth plan

The City of Kamloops is launching a homeless action plan for youth later this week. It will feature presentations, networking opportunities, and a gallery of artwork that addresses some of the problems faced by young adults living on the streets.

‘A Way Home’ is the culmination of a project that began in November 2012, when Kamloops was named as a pilot community in the national Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness Program.

They began by building a planning team made up of staff from the city, United Way, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, Homelessness Action Plan and a project consultant. A youth component was also formed (Youth Against Youth Homelessness), which conducted interviews with front-line youth workers and a series of focus groups with youth at local agencies in the community.

With that feedback in place, and including leading research and promising practices from across Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, the group will present their plan.

The event will take place on June 20 from 9-11 a.m. at the Interior Savings Centre Parkside Lounge.

More information can be found by contacting Claire Macleod, City of Kamloops Project Manager – Housing and Homelessness, at [email protected] or 250-828-3758.

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