Youth Who Have Been Homeless Find Expression in Writing

Leif Harris’s spoken word poem “I am Sam” echoes poignantly through the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.

Leif Harris Centre for Urban Youth Research

He is one of eight people who participated in a six-week writing workshop for youth with lived experience of homelessness, and he’s sharing his work at the 2019 Republic of Childhood Youth Forum. It’s the third annual edition of the event staged by the Ottawa International Writers Fest, and this year’s forum celebrated the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Read the full article here

New Social Innovation Lab Aims to End Youth Homelessness

Jacqueline Kennelly doesn’t want to just curb homelessness that plagues up to 40,000 Canadian youths each year and 6,000 on any given night. She wants to eradicate it.

Kennelly, a professor in Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is working with the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) to create Making the Shift: Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, an $18-million, five-year project.

Read the full article here

Carleton’s Centre for Urban Youth Research Involved in Ottawa Writers Festival Youth Showcase

The Republic of Childhood Youth Forum will host the event Write on! Chapbook Showcase and Breakout Sessions. The showcase features the literary work of students from Woodroffe High School, as well as youth with lived experience of homelessness involved with Carleton’s Centre for Urban Youth Research.

The showcase will also feature 2019 Ottawa Book Award winner and Carleton graduate student, Kagiso Lesogo Molope.

Media are invited to attend the student showcase.

When: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Where: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa

After having participated in a series of intensive writing workshops, the young authors will share their literary creations.

The showcase will include guest presentations by Prof. Jacqueline Kennelly of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Prof. Claudia Mitchell from McGill University and Maya Shetreat.

Read the press release here