Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership

HHYP Research Symposium 2014

On April 25, 2014, the HHYP hosted a Research Symposium “On the Needs of LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness.”  Presentations were made by:

Following the research presentations, Meera Manek, MBA (HHYP Consultant) led a panel of experts representing HHYP agencies to discuss where the practice and research meets and where it diverges. Panelists included:

  • Kristine Chavez, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, My Friend’s Place
  • Brian Coughlin, Psy.D., Vice President of Programming & Residential Services, Los Angeles Youth Network
  • Inez Parra, BA, Case Manager, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Lisa Parrish, RISE Project Director, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

The objectives of the Research Symposia are to provide local researchers a forum to share research conducted on youth experiencing homelessness and for service providers to gain access to data that provides more information about the needs of youth, which in turn, promotes service delivery that represents best practices. Presenters speak about their research and answer questions from the audience and a panel of speakers representing HHYP agencies shed more light on the practical application of the research. The symposia are well attended by service providers, system/county representatives, funders, community partners, researchers, and advocates. Continuing Education Units are offered and the event is  taped to offer the trainings on our website.

The HHYP partners with Center for Strengthening Youth and Prevention Paradigms (SYPP) at CHLA to host these events for the community.  The SYPP Center provides capacity building assistance (CBA) services around community mobilization, social determinants of health, HIV prevention, and sexual minority youth.