Voices from the Street
Voices from the Street is a speakers bureau comprised of individuals who have had direct experience with homelessness, poverty, and/or mental health issues. The organization works to put a human face to homelessness and involves people with direct experience as leaders in a public education process. Members of Voices have graduated from a 12 week training program that provides training on public speaking, policy issues, how government works, diversity issues, communication, conflict resolution and working with the media.
The Speakers Bureau approach has proven to be a unique and necessary tool. It has established a significant platform for those who have experienced homelessness to talk from a personal perspective and to educate a cross-section of the public from college students and medical residents to Rotary Club members.
Members of Voices have also taken prominent roles in the 25 in 5 Poverty Reduction Strategy, become members on Boards of Directors of social service agencies, created a program on children and poverty for Toronto Schools and participated in policy related discussions on issues ranging from poverty and human rights to women’s housing needs. The Speakers Bureau creates opportunities for members to advocate for societal change, as well as build the necessary bridges with the rest of society so that we may work cooperatively to break down stigma and discrimination.
Members of ‘Voices from the Street’ are available to speak on various topics related to poverty, mental health issues, addictions, homelessness, domestic violence and other topics involving marginalized communities. They can enlighten any board meeting, social presentation, group collective or conference on many of the hard pressing topics facing society today.
Please contact us if you’d like to book a speaker for your next conference or event.
Mike Creek, Co-ordinator
1499 Queen Street West, Suite 203
Phone: (416) 504-1693, Ext. 228