Utica, N.Y. - The 5th annual Invisible Youth Summit is set for this Tuesday. It's being held at M.V.C.C. in Rome and organizers are expecting a huge turnout.
The summit is designed to bring everyone who works on preventing and ending youth homelessness in our area together to work on ways to improve the current system.
Sheila Nova, Mohawk Valley Housing and Homeless Coalition Associate Planner, explains why it's called the Invisible Youth Summit, "This summit has been titled the Invisible Youth, invisible youth, they're invisible, they feel alone, rejected, they are judged, they're invisible because we look around and they might blend in with our own kids, with the kids around them."
Amanda Jones, Director of Counseling Services for the Rome City School District, says this is a very important gathering here in the Mohawk Valley, "I think it's just a great way for us to get information out there to the public and the folks that work with the homeless youth to really kind of showcase some success stories but also some struggles that students and youth are experiencing in the community."
Lisa Reginelli, Director of Transitional Services at ICAN, says to hear the stories of some of the young people who were formerly homeless and are now prospering because of the resources here in the Mohawk Valley really is an inspiration to make things even better, "I am always amazed at the ability of all of the youth that I've worked with and really when I look at a lot of the stories, I hear a lot of the stores, I'm always amazed by the resiliency. And situations that I think if I was faced with that, I wouldn't be able to keep going. And I look at these young women, and some young as well, and just their ability to launch themselves forward to a better life, and that's amazing."
The Invisible Youth Summit is open to the public and there are a few spots left if you show up at the door.
The event is scheduled from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday at M.V.C.C. in Rome.