Katherine McParland, Executive Director of A Way Home Kamloops, presented her newly-released report From Marginalized to Magnified: Youth Homelessness Solutions From Those With Lived Expertise to the March 11th First Call coalition meeting. The report was prepared in collaboration with her advisory group Youth Against Youth Homelessness BC and The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.
Through the report, youth identified the pathways that can lead to youth homelessness, the impacts of homelessness on young people, the barriers that exist to receiving services and supports necessary to avoid or escape homelessness and, most importantly, suggested solutions for ending the problem in B.C.
The report’s lone recommendation calls for the provincial government to develop a distinct plan to end youth homelessness and to involve youth with lived expertise in the development of that plan by January 2021.
First Call will be posting Katherine’s presentation slides with the minutes of the March 11th meeting (check here) soon.