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Speakers Bureau


Associate Organizing Director Hannah Willage (front, second from left) with the Speakers Bureau and student volunteers.

Led by 15 formerly homeless adults, our Speakers Bureau reaches more than 3,500 people each year at events hosted by schools, universities, religious and civic groups.

“What the coalition does is let my face and voice represent what we need to do to make a change,” says Leeanna Majors (shown right, in the hat).

Speakers Bureau member Sonovia Petty speaks to students at Chicago's Collins Academy High School about her experiences.

Speakers Bureau member Sonovia Petty speaks at Chicago’s Collins Academy High School about her experiences.

Our speaking team is passionate about its work and inv0lves the most active homeless leaders at CCH. They talk about their own experiences, and advocate on issues related to school access, housing and jobs, and developing opportunities for homeless and at-risk people to get back on their feet.

The Speakers Bureau will reach more than 3,200 people at 70 venues in this FY14. CCH staff members also may be available to join presentations.

Through its outreach, the Speakers Bureau mobilizes volunteers to work with CCH. During this 2013-14 school year, 165 students are active at seven colleges and universities: Columbia College, DePaul, Loyola, and Northwestern universities, Trinity Christian College, University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Chicago; Northwestern’s Sheil Catholic Center; seven Chicago Public high schools (Alcott, Curie, Collins, Kennedy, Mather, Al Raby and Tilden) and one CPS elementary, Melody.

Our topics include:

•            Offering community organizing and support to shelter programs

•            Providing homeless families with access to affordable housing

•            Assisting homeless and unaccompanied youth with basic needs

•            Advocating for the educational rights of homeless children and teens

•            Securing job training and living wage employment

•            Community re-entry after incarceration

•            Surviving prostitution and sex trafficking

For more information, contact Associate Organizing Director Hannah Willage at (312) 641-4140.  To schedule a speaking engagement, please complete a Speakers Bureau Request Form.