Engaging Youth to Hack the Problem of Homelessness

|Engaging Youth to Hack the Problem of Homelessness
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Stephanie Sena

Founder and Executive Director, Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia

This is a talk about the power of engaging the youth of America in the work of ending chronic homelessness. Her talk examines how SREHUP, a student-run homeless shelter she opened in 2011, has transformed both student participants and the guests who are housed at the shelter. Funny and tender vignettes, married with data from the project, make the case for the importance of youth empowerment initiatives that develop the social justice leaders of tomorrow.

Stephanie Sena is the founder and executive director of the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) – a non-profit homeless shelter operating since 2011, where students provide shelter, food, services and community to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. Her most recent project is The Breaking Bread Community – communities of tiny homes and services for people and their pets who are experiencing homelessness. Stephanie teaches history of poverty, homelessness, and resistance movements in the Center for Peace and Justice at Villanova University.