We are excited to unveil the name and logo for the Reengagement Initiative, MoCo Reconnect! The logo and name were a group effort between our reengagement partners, Asana Design, and most importantly our youth.
Our partner, SMYAL has hired the LGBTQ navigator to work with youth in the Reengagement Initiative. The navigator has extensive experience working with LGBTQ youth and particularly homeless youth. Initially, the navigator will work on gaining a deep understanding and a connection to LGBT service providers in Montgomery County. They will coordinate events and services, as well as provide case management, specific to LGBTQ youth. SMYAL and the navigator will also provide staff training to all reengagement staff to ensure we are creating a space that is welcoming to all the youth we serve.
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is the process of conducting their first participatory research project. As a group they agreed on a topic, created a framework and have a plan to attend community events to conduct youth surveys. It is exciting work! The YAC continues to learn how to use their collective voices to create the change they want to see.