Helping LGBT Homeless Youth with Technology
Sunday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
Technology, especially mobile tech could mean the difference between life or death for the over 40 percent or about 650,000 of homeless youth that identify as LGBTQ on our streets today.
Frequently these LGBTQ youth end up on the streets after family conflicts over sexual orientation or gender identity and are forced to develop a family of their own. Often times these youth are fearful about revealing their gender identity or sexual orientation to traditional social services but lack the resources to access LGBTQ friendly help. For homeless LGBTQ youth on the streets, access is vital in connecting with supportive networks, service providers, prospective employers or finding safe and welcoming spaces.
Join LGBT homeless youth experts from around the country to learn how they are tackling the issue head on by providing services, tools and resources through technology.
LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute
Currently, Mr. Wood serves at the LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute's Executive Director. Most recently, Mr. Wood has served as a consultant to national LGBT organizations on various projects...Show the rest
Currently, Mr. Wood serves at the LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute's Executive Director. Most recently, Mr. Wood has served as a consultant to national LGBT organizations on various projects including transgender economic development programs. In this capacity, Mr. Wood provided project planning and strategic guidance to groups developing programs around jobs, legal programs, intake processes, localized statistics and employer/employee training opportunities. His work has assisted several transgender communities across many US cities move transgender assistance programs to the next level. Prior to that, Mr. Wood worked at Discovery Communications creating social media and strategic marketing campaigns directed toward rural and LGBT communities. As part of his strategic campaigns, he was responsible for directing outreach programs at various LGBT Pride festivals across the country. From this work and previous experience, Mr. Wood brings a keen understanding of the needs of local LGBT organizations and how best to connect with them. Mr. Wood has also owned a successful marketing consulting practice with clients such as the Washington Blade, Blackbarn Media and Vida, to name a few. Mr. Wood joined his client, the Washington Blade, an LGBT newspaper, as the full-time marketing manager. In that capacity, Mr. Wood worked on creating strategic partnerships with various local and national LGBT organizations for advertising, events and outreach. Mr. Wood’s leadership, passion for technology and entrepreneurial appetite has instinctively led him to co-found LGBT Technology Partnership.Hide the rest
Deputy Exec Dir of True Colors Fund
LGBT Technology Partnership.org
For more than a decade, Jama Shelton has worked in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth homelessness. After receiving an MSW in 2004, Jama began an 8 year stint a...Show the rest
For more than a decade, Jama Shelton has worked in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth homelessness. After receiving an MSW in 2004, Jama began an 8 year stint at the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing and supportive services for gay and transgender youth experiencing homelessness. Having worked in various roles – first as a direct service provider, then developing and directing the expansion of AFC’s housing program, and finally as a researcher, program evaluation and trainer – Jama brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing both homeless gay and transgender youth and also the service providers with whom they work. As a trainer, Jama has led numerous workshops and has provided technical assistance to service providers throughout the United States and Canada. Jama received her doctorate in Social Welfare from the CUNY Graduate Center.Hide the rest