Information provided by Carla Silva, ED – The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth
Hello friends and community members,
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and The Miami Coalition for the Homeless along with several youth service agencies are spearheading the first ever count of unaccompanied homeless youth in Miami-Dade County on August 29, 2013. As you know, LGBTQ youth are disproportionally affected by homelessness and represent 20-40% of all homeless youth. Therefore, we need volunteers…we need you!
Our count has been thoughtfully structured and is LGBTQ inclusive – collecting data about sexual orientation and gender identity; safe zone images on posters; and we have committed to having one LGBTQ person on each iCount team to ensure that youth that identify as LGBTQ have a ready community member/advocate available to them. Our goal is to have at minimum 25 volunteers. Help us make this iCount a success and safe for all youth regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity expression. Volunteer your time, link the official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/youthcountmiami, invite your friends, colleagues and anyone interested to like, post or share the page, send this message to your LGBTQ networks and encourage folks to join us on August 29th. The press release & flyer are attached; for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 211.
To volunteer for the count sign-up on the website www.icountmiami.com. There will be a volunteer training on August 21st 4-5:30pm at the Chapman Partnership located at 1550 North Miami Avenue (Worship Center).
This count is an essential element in addressing homelessness. In order to create appropriate programming, we have to know the scope of the problem. On behalf of all our youth, thank you for your support!