What We Do

Community of Practice


To support meaningful and sustainable change in communities across the country, we encourage the sharing of knowledge, learning and experience between communities.

Rather than create a situation where communities come to depend on the Coalition, consultants or other “experts” to help guide their development, we support and nurture a Community of Practice led by the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, whereby communities learn from each other. This is based on our belief that important knowledge exists within communities regarding effective planning and implementation strategies and practices, as well as innovative and evidence-based program models.

Our work is to provide mechanisms for cultivating collaboration and shared learning by enabling interaction on an ongoing basis. We create opportunities to meet face-to-face and build relationships. We also facilitate online collaborative environments to help communities share promising practices, create new knowledge and advance professional practice.

The key areas of focus

  • Community planning

    Challenges and opportunities that shape local plans to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness, theories of change, Collective Impact, community engagement strategies, change management, etc.

  • Implementation

    Moving from planning to action, seeking and aligning funding, engaging stakeholders, evaluation, reporting, planning for sustainability.

  • Engaging higher levels of government

    Considering collaborative approaches between communities to engage higher levels of government regarding legislation, policy and programming as well as to align funding to support community planning efforts.

  • Youth engagement strategies

    Effective approaches to ensuring that young people are involved in a meaningful way in planning and implementing solutions to youth homelessness (see Youth Voices)

  • Community engagement strategies

    How to involve funders, the private sector, community organizations and the ‘unusual suspects’ in supporting the work to end youth homelessness.

  • Sharing effective program models and promising practices

    Adapting and implementing effective program models, and sharing innovative local initiatives and interventions.

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