When planning your session, it’s important to consider:
- Audience wants and needs
- Relevance to what’s happening today in your community
- Desired outcome – what should the audience think/feel and do after the session
There are a wide-range of local experts who can be approached to share their knowledge about the homeless system and experiences around family homelessness. The following is a small sample of the types of resources available….
Real Change’s Homeless Speakers’ Bureau (http://realchangenews.org/index.php/site/about/hsb) –
- The Real Change Speakers’ Bureau “puts a human face on poverty and homelessness by allowing homeless and formerly homeless speakers to share their experiences with others.”
- Bureau consists of people who are currently homeless or have been homeless in the past
- Speakers address a variety of issues such as: mental illness, drug addiction, domestic violence, gentrification, unemployment, and the criminal justice system.
- Speakers also discuss the solutions, focusing specifically on the work of the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
- The host organization pays a $50 honorarium per speaker, all of which goes directly to that individual.
The Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau (http://www.nationalhomeless.org/faces/index.html) –
- This group “is comprised of people who are or have been homeless and works to educate the public about homelessness and what can be done to end it.”
- Panel format instead of one individual speaker
- Presentation includes a multi-media slideshow or video, a moderator to present facts about homelessness, and up to three panelists who are or have been homeless. See http://www.nationalhomeless.org/faces/presentation.html for more info.
- After presentation the panel offers ways people can get involved (ideas range from volunteering at shelters to influencing legislation).
- There is also a Q and A time that is conducted by the moderator