Elevating Youth Voice to Catalyze Systems Change

The Challenge

In Philadelphia and across the country, housing instability among youth and young adults is a growing crisis, and agencies that serve these young people are struggling to meet their needs. Only by elevating the expertise of young leaders with lived experiences of homelessness will we transform systems to be more equitable, youth-centered, and impactful. Despite Philadelphia’s robust youth advocacy community, more can be done to ensure that these young leaders are the critical drivers in developing solutions that work.

The Project

Through this Emerging Leader Fellowship, Liam Spady will work with the National Network for Youth and Philadelphia’s advocacy and service provider communities to design and implement youth-driven solutions that tackle youth homelessness.

Specifically, this Fellowship will enable Liam to:

  • Increase coordination among young people and service providers focused on ending youth homelessness, including training a network of young people with lived experiences of homelessness in policymaking and advocacy.
  • Support Philadelphia stakeholders to design and advance policy and practice improvements to address youth homelessness.
  • Disseminate the findings to help bring the youth partnership model to scale.

Liam Spady, BS

Emerging Leader Fellow


National Network for Youth