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Fall 2017 Student Lecture Series: Sam Greenberg

  • 08/15/2017

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Applying Trauma-informed Design to Build a Sanctuary for Homeless Youth, a public lecture by Sam Greenberg, co-founder of Y2Y Harvard Square, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.


Y2Y Harvard Square is the nation's first student-run homeless shelter for young adults. Y2Y applies trauma-informed and user-driven design to build its physical space and program model, working in partnership with young adults who have experienced homelessness. Sam will discuss Y2Y's founding and program model, with a focus on its application of trauma-informed design and what they have learned since opening their doors, as well as providing the audience with an understanding of youth homelessness, its causes, and one intervention. Sam will present a case study of trauma-informed design as applied to designing and running a shelter for young adults, and the importance of user-driven design in creating a social service model that is safe, welcoming, and trauma-informed.

About Y2Y Harvard Square

Y2Y Harvard Square, a student-run overnight shelter, employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiening homelessness. Y2Y guests have opportunities to collaborate with service providers, other youth experiencing homelessness, and student volunteers to create sustainable pathways out of homelessness and develop skills for long-term success. Y2Y provides opportunities for both guests and volunteers to become the next generation's leading advocates for youth-driven solutions to homelessness.