LeeAnn Suen, MArch I 2017
Summer 2015
Organization: Harvard Square Youth Housing Initiative, Cambridge, MA
Sponsor: Greater Boston Community Service Fellowship

“This summer, I’m working with Y2Y, formerly the Youth Housing Initiative, a student-run, non-profit organization that is working to open a shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. Transitional aged youth, or young adults aged 18 – 24, are a population with demographics and needs that are different than those of older adults and families experiencing homelessness. Young adults who have aged out of foster care, who have run away from abusive homes, or who identify as LGBTQ are disproportionately represented among homeless young adult populations, and Y2Y seeks to provide sanctuary and build pathways out of homelessness with these young adults. It’s exciting to be in an arena entirely different than the academic design world at the GSD and even in the firms that I have worked with in the past. This week has been a crash course in service provider and non-profit vocabulary, from “low threshold harm reduction models” to people-first descriptors and fundraising lingo. I’ve begun to redesign Y2Y collateral materials to reflect their new name and logo. Hopefully, I can share these with you soon!”