Led by formerly homeless adults, our Speakers Bureau reaches about 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, a founding leader on the Speakers Bureau.

Passionate about their work, our speakers are among 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.
Sonovia Petty speaks at Chicago’s Collins Academy High School about her experiences.

The Speakers Bureau reached 3,965 people at 76 venues in 2017.

Through outreach, the Speakers Bureau also mobilizes students to work with CCH. During the 2016-17 school year, 209 students were active: 25 homeless students from Schurz, Harlan, and Chicago Vocational high schools worked with the HomeWorks campaign. Another 184 students participated in service learning programs through a junior high and seven high schools, and three colleges/universities (Chicago’s Chicago Vocational, Crane, Harlan, Kenwood, Ogden, Skinner North Elementary, Solorio and Tilden; DePaul 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 VISTA Organizer Veronica Cullinan-Burnison 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.