The West Coast Convening is a collective of service providers, government representatives, advocates, community stakeholders, and researchers who meet biannually to share best practices and brainstorm new solutions to help young people experiencing homelessness live healthy, self-sufficient, stable lives.

This Fall, we are excited to return to Seattle with partner hosts by YouthCare, The YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Friends of Youth.

Additionally, this year we will be partnering with the American Academy of Social Work Grand Challenge to End Homelessness to offer Master of Social Work Student Travel Scholarships. 


Hotel Rates: We have set up a group rate at the SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown/South Lake Union  for 105.00 USD  per night. The rates are available through the weekend. The last day to book is 10/12/17.

For those of you coming from out of state, fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Lyft and Uber will be your friend during your time at West Coast Convening. It is affordable and hassle free transportation.

Book your group rate for the West Coast Convening


Day 1

November 2, 2017

Springhill Suites Marriott

1800 Yale Ave, Seattle

8:30 - 9:00 AM Check in and light breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 - 11:00 AM  Seattle: What is unique? What is Working? What is challenging?

  • Mellinda

  • Terry

  • Kristen

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:30 Building guidelines for youth voice and ethical storytelling

12:30- 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:45 The latest research on solutions for addressing youth homelessness

  • Eric Rice, PHD

  • Brian Redline

  • Theresa Anne Granger, PhD, MN, ARNP, FNP, NP-C

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:15 PM How to use research for advocacy and navigating the new federal landscape

Youth Care Tour

5:00 - 6:00 pm

5019 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98105

First Security Bank Different Happy Hour

6:15 - 7:30 pm

614 Broadway East, Seattle, 98102

(more details below)

Day 2

November 3, 2017

Springhill Suites Marriott

1800 Yale Ave, Seattle

9:30 - 10:00 AM Check in and light breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 Being Intentional with Organizational Diversity and Inclusion within WCC

  • Workshop

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:30 - 2:30  WCC Lightning talks

2:30 - 3:30 ONWARD!

Getting there:


5019 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98105

- Photo below; enter at the red arrow

- Approx 5pm to 6pm, November 2nd


HAPPY HOUR – First Security Bank Different

614 Broadway East, Seattle, 98102

- Photo below; enter at red arrow

- We also will have 20 reserved spaces at the Diamond Parking lot at the end of the block, to the right of the bank’s entrance

- Approx 6:15pm to 7:30pm, November 2nd