Led by 15 formerly homeless adults, our Speakers Bureau reaches more than 4,000 people a year at events hosted by schools, universities, religious and civic groups.

Our Speakers Bureau team
Our Speakers Bureau team

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

Our speaking team is passionate about its work and involves the most active homeless leaders at CCH. They talk about their own lives 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.

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.

The Speakers Bureau reached 5,253 people at 87 venues during 2016.

Through its outreach, the Speakers Bureau mobilizes students to work with CCH. In the 2015-16 school year, 289 students were active from 10 high schools and four universities: Chicago Public high schools of Crane, Curie, Mather, Ogden, Al Raby, Solorio, Tilden, and Washington, and two suburban high schools, Niles West and Niles North in Skokie; DePaul, Dominican and Loyola universities, and Trinity Christian College of Palos Heights.

Our topics include:

•            Offering community organizing and support to emergency shelter programs

•            Providing homeless families with access to affordable housing

•            Homeless and unaccompanied youth

•            Advocating for the educational rights of homeless children and teens

•            Securing job training and living wage employment

•            Community re-entry after incarceration

For more information, contact Associate Director of Organizing Hannah Willage by email or at (312) 641-4140. A fee is charged for Speakers Bureau engagements.

To schedule a speaking engagement, please complete a Speakers Bureau Request Form.