Webinar Recording: An Introduction to Runaway and Homeless Youth

PowerPoint, recording, and transcript are below.

During this webinar, the (VR) Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC) and the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) introduced the newly published Y-TAC Brief, An Introduction To Runaway and Homeless Youth For Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. Presenters Karin Grandon and Andrew Palomo discussed strategies to develop VR professionals’ awareness and knowledge related to serving young people with disabilities who experience homelessness, and provided guidance on building collaborative relationships with youth and the providers and teams who serve them. The webinar featured some examples of emerging practices in partnership building and techniques for engaging youth with disabilities who are experiencing homeless during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants had:

  • Increased knowledge about runaway and homeless youth (RHY) programs including the governing rules and regulations;
  • Increased knowledge about emerging practices for VR and agencies serving RHY, including partnership building techniques specific to RHY and strategiesfor serving the RHY population during a pandemic; and
  • Increased understanding of ethical principles associated with serving youth with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness.


  • Karin Grandon, Y-TAC State Technical Assistance Liaison, Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Andrew Palomo, Director of Community Strategies, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y)