Youth Prevention and Early Intervention
From: Beyond Shelters
Discusses the fight against youth homelessness with particular emphasis on strategies to combat Indigenous youth homelessness in Winnipeg.
Tammy Christensen is the Executive Director of Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc., a youth-serving organization that provides a holistic continuum of services to improve social, economic, cultural and personal outcomes for Indigenous youth in Winnipeg. Previously Tammy worked with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata where she served in a variety of roles supporting Indigenous children, youth, and families. Tammy is also the co-chair of Here and Now: Winnipeg’s Plan to End Youth Homelessness Governance Steering Committee.; Denisa Gavan-Koop is the Coordinator of Here and Now: Winnipeg’s Plan to End Youth Homelessness. Denisa has dedicated her career to community development and public engagement in the non-profit and private sectors. Driven by her focus to collaboratively build inclusive, equitable and resilient communities, she has designed, coordinated and led engagement initiatives and planning processes for community master plans, campus plans and strategic plans. She is dedicated to developing strategies that support inclusive and healthy communities through meaningful engagement opportunities.; Kelly Holmes is the Executive Director of Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY), a non-profit street level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of twentynine. RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach to all interactions with youth in need. RaY offers a variety of support and resources to youth including intermediate needs such as street outreach, meals and advocacy, housing supports, health and wellness, and employment and education. Kelly is also the co-chair of Here and Now: Winnipeg’s Plan to End Youth Homelessness Governance Steering Committee.