Youth Empowerment advocate and specialist, Angela Lariviere, provides an overview of poverty and homelessness, the special challenges in helping recovery treatment in this populations, and some promising intervention strategies for helping facilitate recovery.
This webinar explores the unique needs and strengths of homeless youth by creating an understanding of who they are and why they are homeless. This will include identifying trauma and crisis while addressing unique barriers in order to provide services and stability.
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Angela grew up homeless and transitional. She has been married to her husband for 25 years. She and her husband have 2 biological children and 2 adopted children. They have also fostered and housed an additional 23 children over the years. She attended Otterbein College.
In 1997 she used her life experience to create the Youth Empowerment Program to give disconnected cross-systems youth a voice. YEP unites youth for social change by addressing the root causes of poverty. In addition to YEP Angela works with schools, churches, and community organizations to facilitate poverty awareness, policy, and service activities.
She has volunteered at the Homeless Families Foundation for 20 years and volunteers as the Director of Outreach for The Hope and Liberation Coalition to addresses the issue of Human Trafficking. She currently contracts as the Director of YouthMOVE Ohio , which gives cross-sytem youth a voice in state and local systems.
Angela has worked for Kitsap County Schools, Kitsap County Community Action Agency, the Ohio Governors Community Service Council, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, The Ohio State University College of Education Department of Human Development, and NAMI Ohio. She also was selected for a youth leadership position in the Clinton Administration to develop community service opportunities and was given a Diversity Fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation to connect youth in poverty to leadership opportunities. In 2002 she was given the Bishop Bernadine Award as the National Catholic Youth Leader of the year.