Authored by Mina Koplin, Milestone Transitional Living Program Manager
The Milestone team had the opportunity to attend the Homeless Youth Forum at the Leonardo on Thursday February 25th. The forum started out with a guest speaker named Angel Vanstark from California. Angel is a young adult who has experienced homelessness several times in his life and had many great stories to tell and offered great advice for us as professionals to shift our thinking to focus on each client’s individual needs.
The next part of the forum was the presentation titled Legal Barriers Facing Youth Experiencing Homelessness; this was a panel of legal professionals who offer legal assistance to youth for free or for a small affordable fee. This was very insightful and helpful information for the Milestone team to hear as the clients we work with deal with past legal issues and often times feel discouraged.
The final portion of the forum was the panel discussion titled Childhood Trauma and Its Lasting Impact on Lives. This panel was equally as insightful as the last on how to truly best work with our clients who have suffered childhood trauma and how it affects their young adult lives. Trauma Informed Care was also a highly used term with this panel, and how professionals can help their clients begin to heal and trust others again. JD Green, SLCO Youth Services Crisis Services Program Manager was part of this panel.
There were several booths at the Homeless Youth Forum with countless amounts of information for each agency to share as to what they do and how their agency can help homeless youth become successful and self-sufficient. The Milestone team was extremely grateful for the chance to be a part of this forum; there were many marvelous speakers and extremely important information for us to use to better serve our clients that we work with on a day to day basis.
Salt Lake County Youth Services offers a 24/7 walk-in homeless entrance and provides services to youth up to the age of 17. No ID is required. For more information please go visit the website at www.youth.slco.org.