Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty: Impact on College Students Conference
October 19, 2011
October 13, 2011
The "Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty: Impact on College Students Conference" was held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Community College of Philadelphia. The conference was designed to provide a forum for dialogue about the increasing issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty among college students and to identify what can be done to meet this growing problem.
The conference was sponsored by the Women's Center at the Community College of Philadelphia, the Center for Hunger Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health and the ACHIEVEability Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Dr. Mariana Chilton, Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, will make opening remarks. Other featured guests included: Plenary Speaker John Rowe, Executive Director of the Utility Emergency Services Fund; Keynote Luncheon Speaker Trevor Ferrell, Founder, Trevor's Campaign for the Homeless; and The Honorable Jannie Blackwell, Chair of City Council's Committee on Education, Housing and Homelessness and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
Witnesses Tianna Gaines and Angela Sutton along with Galen Tyler, Executive Direct or Kensington Welfare Rights Union presented a workshop entitled "Life's Toolbox: Self-Advocacy for Housing and Welfare Services in Philadelphia" highlighting their experiences and knowledge of working through the various housing agencies and organizations in the Philadelphia region and the Use Your Power Guide, out for publication this November, that provides information and personal insight from the women of Witnesses to Hunger about housing and housing self-advocacy in the Philadelphia area.