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Outreach & Sampling Methods for Youth Count! Data Collection

Youth Count! Webinar Series

Published: December 5, 2012

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Reaching unaccompanied homeless youth in PIT counts isn’t easy. Without good strategies to identify them, unaccompanied homeless youth, or subgroups of youth, could be greatly underrepresented in PIT counts. This webinar describes more robust approaches to sampling strategies, including ‘snowball sampling,’ to build on young people’s social networks to count other homeless youth. It also describes ways to map out the best locations for reaching homeless youth in street counts, and how to build creative partnerships, such as with law enforcement or social services, to improve outreach.

Presenters: Martha Burt, The Urban Institute; Lauren Dunton, Abt Associates

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More about Youth Count!

The Youth Count! webinar series is a resource that the Federal government, supported by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center, is providing to communities across the country to support better collaborative local point-in-time counts of youth homelessness.

Youth Count! is an interagency initiative led jointly by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the US Departments of Education (ED), Health & Human Services (HHS), and Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of Youth Count! is to aid and encourage communities across the country in developing and implementing strategies to better reach unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in the 2013 HUD point-in-time (PIT) count of homeless persons and families.

Getting better local and national data on the numbers and characteristics of unaccompanied youth is a key part of the US framework to end youth homelessness. We are working closely with nine communities to pilot youth strategies for the 2013 PIT count and learn from their experiences. However, we encourage all communities to participate fully in improving youth data in the 2013 PIT count, and we want to provide resources to help broadly in that effort.

Through these webinars, stakeholders, including runaway and homeless youth programs, local educational agencies, and continuums of care, will get exposure to different perspectives from leading experts on how to conduct their youth count planning and implementation as effectively as possible. Participants will also have opportunities to ask questions of the presenters and get connected to resources for further follow-up.

These webinars will be recorded so that they can help other youth count efforts beyond the 2013 PIT count in the years ahead.


This is a historical document. Use for research and reference purposes only.
Last Reviewed: June 13, 2014

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