Community of practice

The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness is a pan-Canadian community of practice consisting of leading youth serving organizations across the country who: work collaboratively on key issues; share emerging and promising practices; develop strategies and tools to strengthen our sector; and work towards a reduction in the length of time that youth experience homelessness, due to improved practices and policies.

The Learning Community is based on international models of communities of practice developed to strengthen the practice in our sector and create valuable connections between organizations. In bringing leading youth serving organizations together, we strengthen our individual organizations and our sector. The Learning Community meets annually and members work throughout the year on key priorities identified through our strategic planning process.


How we work

We are committed  to supporting systemic change that will prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness in Canada.

We are committed to nurturing a collaborative community of practice that operates from an open source mindset to develop and implement the knowledge of emerging and promising practices.

We are an active learning community that recognizes the complexity of youth homelessness and are continuously adapting our collective responses as we walk beside, listen to, learn from and nurture youth.

We work with youth where they are at and recognize the multiple systemic issues they face as they transition to independence.  As such, we utilize inclusive (anti-oppressive) and diverse program models that have a place for harm reduction approaches.

A Way Home Canada

The Learning Community is a founding partner of A Way Home: a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.



The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness would like to thank the Home Depot Canada Foundation and Great West Life for their generous support.