A Street Sense Media seminar is an educational event for youth groups, high school students, college students, and other adults who want to learn more about street newspapers, the state of homelessness in the District of Columbia, and the causes and impact of homelessness.

The program sensitizes participants to the causes of chronic homelessness, challenges them to see beyond the mainstream media’s (mis)representation of the issue, and points to ways they can address homelessness in their own communities.

One of Street Sense Media’s priorities is to elevate the voices of people who have experienced homelessness in the discussion about ending homelessness. The core component of any seminar is a discussion between one or more of our artist/vendors and visiting groups.

Additional features may include:

  • Viewing and discussing Street Reporter.
  • Drafting an opinion article about your community’s means of addressing homelessness or another topic related to homelessness of your group’s choosing. (The group may choose to submit this for publication. Read more about that here.)
  • Safety net exercise

Seminars may be between one to two hours depending on your group’s schedule and must be held during our business hours of Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Seminars must be requested at least six weeks before the desired date. All days and times are subject to staff and speaker(s).

The cost is $75 to $150 (depending on the length of the presentation) as an honorarium for each speaker who is not a member of our full-time staff and a $50 facilitation fee for Street Sense Media. For large groups, there will be a $10 per student fee in lieu of the flat honorarium fee. No deposit is necessary to schedule an event.

To schedule an event for your group or ask questions about the program, contact Brian Carome at 202-347-2006 ext. 601 or [email protected].

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We believe ending homelessness begins with listening to the stories of those who have experienced it.