Youth Magnet Events


It can be hard to measure youth homelessness through a PiT Count. Youth, likely to experience hidden homelessness, can be missed during unsheltered and sheltered counts. In response, communities have used youth magnet events to increase youth representation to improve count accuracy. As part of the Point-in-Time Count Toolkit, this document provides guidance to Point-in-Time (PiT) Count coordinators on successfully planning and implementing youth magnet events. It includes learning from End Homelessness St. John’s, Choices for Youth and the Youth Leadership Council, who, together, successfully implemented a youth-led magnet event as part of the St. John’s 2016 PiT Count.

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Authored By
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH)
Focus area
Reaching Home
Target audience
Frontline staff
Managerial staff
Type of Asset