On May 17th, 2014 in collaboration with Community Call and ABCD, the BYSN Youth Committee hosted The Eugene Johnson Project: A Reality Check on Youth Homelessness in Boston. Through an interactive series of feedback stations facilitated by members of the BYSN Youth Committee & Mayor’s Youth Council, youth attending the event provided feedback in the four key areas of Education, Health/Public Safety, Housing and Jobs.
At each station youth answered the following three questions:
- What are the specific issues that youth experiencing homelessness deal with?
- Regarding: Education, Health/Public Safety, Housing, and Jobs
- What are some short-term solutions?
- What are some long-term solutions?
During a lightning voting round youth decided on their priority three issues and proposed solutions. Feedback provided was then presented by an expert panel to Mayor Walsh who then addressed the attendees and hosted a question and answer session. A final report was released in June 2014 and provided to the Mayor’s Office. The Solutions Provided By Youth document provided the basis for the follow up provider conference, Creating Solutions Together: A 2015 Action Plan for Youth Experiencing Homelessness.