Homeless Youth - Removing Barriers to their Education
A Reception with refreshments begins from 6:30pm with the speakers to start from 7pm.
Professor Stephen Gaetz is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and is the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub. He is also President of Raising the Roof, a leading Canadian charity that focuses on long term solutions to homelessness. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues.
Bruce Rivers, a child welfare advocate, has been Executive Director of Covenant House since 2011. Covenant House is the country's largest agency supporting homeless youth, ages 16 to 24, through an array of services including an onsite high school and comprehensive employment/apprenticeship program. He was Executive Director of the Child Welfare Secretariat, Ministry of Children & Youth, and Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
Jesse Sudirgo is Manager of Street Involved Services at the Yonge Street Mission with oversight of services for the Evergreen Centre for Street-Involved Youth. The Evergreen Centre offers a wide variety of services including mental health, addictions, education, legal, health, employment, food and housing. Since 1896, the YSM has been reaching out to meet the needs of people living with poverty in Toronto.
Seating on a first come / first serve basis.