About this Toolkit
The Youth Count Toolkit was generously funded and supported by the Laidlaw Foundation.
The Youth Count Toolkit is a compilation of the experiences, insights and research of others. We would like to thank the communities that dedicated their time and expertise to the development of this resource. We offer an additional thanks to Tyler Pettes, who conducted research and contributed to the development of the toolkit.
We would also like to acknowledge Alina Turner, of Turner Research & Strategy, and the PiT Count Working Group, who developed the COH PiT Count methodology and toolkit, funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The COH PiT Count Toolkit and the additional resources prepared by HPS, serve as the basis for this youth-focused toolkit.
Finally, thank you to others who have published research and guidance on youth counts. It is with foundational research such as the Urban Institute's Youth Count! Process Study, authored by Mike Pergamit, Mary K. Cunningham, Martha R. Burt, Pamela Lee, Brent Howell, Kassie Dumlao Bertumen, that we were able to develop this toolkit.
Table 1. Priority Stakeholders
Table 2. Suggested Categories of Homelessness
Table 4. The Canadian Experience
Table 5. Youth Count Components
Table 6: School Engagement
Table 7. Working with Youth Count Volunteers
Table 8. The Five W's of Youth Count Training
Table 9. Volunteer Training Guide Resources
Table 11. Developing a Data Management Plan
Table 12. Components of a Youth Count Report