OCTOBER 7th & 8th, 2015
Black Canyon Conference Center - 9440 N. 25th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education and Pacific Southwest ATTC, is proud to host an annual statewide conference on homelessness.   
Conference sessions focus on collaborations and creative solutions to meet the challenges of the current economy and best practices.  On average, over 450 participants attend from the public and private sectors, as well as civil service employees, direct service employees, homeless school liaisons, volunteers, and homeless and formerly homeless Arizonans.
Continuing to be held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, the 2015 conference will be held Wednesday, October 7th and Thursday, October 8th, and will feature dynamic storytellers and prominent leaders in the field of ending homelessness.  The conference is an exciting networking opportunity for all who participate.
Keynote Speakers

Vu Le
Blogger, Speaker, Executive Director and Chief Unicorn
Nonprofit With Balls | Rainier Valley Corps

Vu Le is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a start-up nonprofit with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. 
Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There are tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it, which he does through his blog Nonprofit With Balls, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at nonprofitwithballs.com. He is also the humor columnist for the nonprofit online magazine, Blue Avocado

Dr. Jama Shelton
Deputy Director of True Colors Fund
Project Director of Forty to None Project

For more than a decade, Jama Shelton has worked in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness.  After receiving an MSW in 2004, Shelton began a 9-year stint at the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing and supportive services for gay and transgender youth experiencing homelessness. During her tenure she played an integral role in the building of the most expansive housing program in the nation for gay and transgender youth.  Having worked in various roles – first as a direct service provider, then developing and directing the expansion of their 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.

Shelton is a leading authority on the unique needs of transgender and gender non-conforming youth experiencing homelessness, which is the topic of her dissertation research. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Social Welfare program at the CUNY Graduate Center, expecting to complete her PhD in May 2013. She is a professor at both the Hunter and NYU Schools of Social Work, leading all of her classes through the lens of anti-oppression and raising issues of social justice to her students. Last year Shelton was elected Faculty Marshall by the student body at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and led the students into their graduation ceremony. She takes the job of educating the next generation of social service providers quite seriously. In addition to her formal education as a social worker and her practice experience with gay and transgender youth, Shelton’s life experiences have played an integral role in her professional trajectory. As a formerly homeless youth, she is well aware of the critical need for building education and awareness for all families and all youth, as well as the importance of inclusion and the impact of rejection.

*NOTE CEU Opportunity:
This event qualifies for up to 13 hours of credit for social workers through NASW-AZ.
We will also provide the NAADAC credit for substance abuse counselors.

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