From a Launch in August 2010, through weeks of dialoguing in small groups in September through November, to an Action Forum on November 23, 2010, over 100 Albuquerque residents came together to shape an Action Agenda to End Child Homelessness in our community. The Community Dialogues were held in three of Albuquerque's neighborhoods -- the International District, the South Valley, and South Broadway -- where participants discussed various approaches to ending child and family homelessness, including affordable housing, family friendly jobs, and support for children and families.
Action Teams formed with the following goals:
- Increase public awareness about the prevalence, impact and ways to prevent and end child homelessness
- Ensure that children, youth and parents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless have access to all the services they need to thrive
- Provide opportunities and supports for entrepreneurial parents to start businesses that can ensure their families' well-being
- Support homeless youth
ACTION TEAM #1: YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST. Youth teams produce short videos to educate and motivate the community to end child homelessness.
See The Video on our Dialogues to End Child Homelessness, produced by KUNM Youth Radio
The Community Dialogues and Action Teams to End Child Homelessness are part of the Strong Starts for Children initiative supported by Everyday Democracy and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.