HRC Webcast Resources: Fostering Resiliency: Mitigating the Impact of Homelessness on Children
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One in 50 American children experience homelessness each year. Homelessness has a devastating impact on children’s health, development, academic achievement, and overall well-being. However, with support, children can grow and thrive amidst adversity. Participants learned how homeless service providers can foster resiliency in children experiencing homelessness. Presenter Katie Volk discussed how children fall into homelessness, the challenges they face and how fostering resiliency can improve their chances of succeeding.
About the Presenters
Katie Volk, MA
is Senior Program Associate at The National Center on Family
Homelessness. She manages The National Center's training efforts and is
co-director of T3, a training institute established by The National
Center and the Center for Social Innovation that seeks to improve the
knowledge and skills of people working in homeless services through
innovative, online and in-person training and technical assistance. She
has trained thousands of service providers in diverse settings and is
the lead author for the Homelessness Resource Center’s Homelessness and Traumatic Stress Training Package.
In partnership with organizations around the country, she developed the
PEACH Initiative, a physical and emotional awareness program for
children living in transitional settings. Most recently, she served as
project director for an organizational capacity-building initiative
funded by the US Administration for Children and Families. Katie has a
joint Master of Arts from Tufts University in Child Development and
Urban Policy and an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy
Cross as well as a Trauma Certificate from the Trauma Center.