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NSCC Forums on Tolerance Support a Learning Environment

NSCC Forums teach tolerance, embrace diversity and support a learning environment.

NSCC Forums on Tolerance initiate educational challenges to students and members of the community to learn more about one another, bring about empathy and understanding toward other people, and to make a difference in ourselves, our neighborhoods, and our world. Since 1996, NSCC Forums have explored social injustice and its effects on the modern world and our own communities through topics ranging from the Holocaust to immigration and civil rights.

Join us for the 33nd Forum on Tolerance October 22 - 23

Homelessness is a Social Justice Issue

A Two-Day, Two-Campus Event

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
10:30 am – 12:20 pm
DANVERS CAMPUS, Math/Science Cafeteria
1 Ferncroft Road

Screening of the documentary short No Place Like Home with President and Founder of IPCNOW.ORG, Neil MacInnes-Barker, and some of the youth who are homeless from Youth On Fire. A discussion will follow.

Screeing 1
10:30 – 11:20 in the Math/Science Building Cafeteria (Outside of the Bookstore)

Screening 2
11:30 – 12:20 in the Math/Science Building Cafeteria (Outside of the Bookstore)

About The Film
No Place Like Home is a documentary short highlighting the all too often misunderstood topic of youth homelessness. Working with Youth On Fire, a Harvard Square drop-in center for youth who are homeless, No Place Like Home aims to shed light on the struggles many of these young people face on a daily basis, as well as to challenge many of the preconceived notions we often hold on the topic.

About Youth On Fire
The Youth On Fire drop-in center was established in the fall of 2000 to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth. YOF is open five days a week and serves young people between the ages of 14 and 24. Often the behaviors necessary to survive on the streets put these youth at a higher risk for contracting HIV. YOF serves the physical and mental needs of these youth.

The center offers basic necessities, as well as prevention information on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C and other diseases associated with high-risk behavior. YOF has on site hot meals, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as weekly medical care, mental health counseling, and referrals to community resources. The ultimate goal of YOF is to help as many youth as possible to have a healthy lifestyle, remain HIV-negative, and seek greater stability through permanent housing, employment, or school.

Innovative Perspectives Collaborative instructs citizens about civic engagement with the use of lecture, media, and interactive technologies. We focus extensively on populations which demonstrate low participation, especially the under-privileged. IPCNOW.ORG instructs citizens on the "how to" for engaging with each level of their entire government system, regardless of party affiliation. Our instruction and media demystifies actual and perceived barriers to civic engagement on the local, state, and federal level. We simplify and streamline communication access with innovative platforms citizens can use immediately to allow effortless civic engagement to flourish.


Thursday, October 23, 2014
8:00 am – 1:45 pm
LYNN CAMPUS, Gymnasium
300 Broad Street

Coffee and Resources
8:00 - 8:30

Panel 1: WHO Are The Homeless?
8:30 – 9:00 Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau
9:00 – 9:10 NSCC Alumn Ana Stipanovic tells her story
9:10 – 9:20 Questions and Answers
9:30 – 10:00 Gini Mazman, Program Director of the Haven Project and Glendaliz
10:00 – 10:10 House Speaker DeLeo
10:10 – 10:20 Community Activist Judie VanKooiman tells her personal story
10:20 – 10:45 Questions and Answers

Panel 2: WHAT Are The Causes of Homelessness?
11:00 – 12:15 NSCC Professor Richard Adelman; NSCC Green Curriculum Coordinator, Barbara Ikalainen; Dr. Carlos Marin & NSCC Students
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch Break - Pizza and beverages served in the gymnasium

Panel 3: What Can Be Done?
12:45 – 1:10 What Resources are Needed vs. What Resources are Available?
NSCC Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Peggy Andreas, Nursing '85; Senior Academic Counselor, Donna Davis and Senior Academic Counselor, Debbie Campbell
1:10 – 1:45 Legislating for Social Justice
Director of Citizens for Adequate Housing, Corey Jackson and Director of Legislative Advocacy at Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Kelly Turley.

Resource Tables
Representatives from local shelters and organizations, including My Brother's Table, Horizons for Homeless Children, Haven From Hunger, and Catholic Charities.

Wish List Drive
We will be collecting donations at the events through October in both Danvers and Lynn. You can also drop them off at DB367H in Danvers and LW328 in Lynn. Below is a Wish List of the most needed items for this drive:

  • White socks
  • Art supplies
  • $5.00 Charlie Cards
  • Small toiletries
  • Play dough
  • Office supplies
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Gift cards for needed items for families
  • Twin size bedding
  • Linens-bath towels, kitchen towels
  • Bucket with cleaning supplies

FREE and open to the public

For more information:
Dr. Laurie Carlson: (508) 847-6972 or
Judie VanKoiman: (617) 462-5719

Co-sponsored by the NSCC Green Team.

NSCC has presented 32 Forums of Tolerance since 1996.

Hope, Peace, Reconciliation and Love: The Messages of Tolerance by Marc Chagall in his Art and Literature (2013)

Many Faiths-One Family: A Celebration of Harmony and Humanity (2012)

Weaving Autism into Our Social Fabric (2011)

Bullying: See It For What It Is (2011)

Tolerance in a Time of Intolerance (2010)

Aging in America: Everybody's Doing It (2010)

Hope: Getting through the Hard Times (2009)

Opening the Door: What Does Gay Look Like? (2009)

Immigration Rights & Human Rights (2008)

A Focus on Africa (2008)

Exploring the Muslim World (2007)

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