Former TCRC student Melissa Hunt has a new job, and she says her experience doing community-based research with the TCRC is what made her feel qualified to take on the position.
Melissa is the new Project Assistant with A Way Home Peterborough, an organization dedicated to ending youth homelessness in Peterborough. Melissa became invested in the issue of youth homelessness while doing her community-based research project in the 2016/2017 school year. Her project, hosted by the YES Shelter for Youth and Families, examined best practices for transitional housing for youth in communities like Peterborough.
“Without the experience gained through the community-based research project, I don’t know that I would have felt prepared to take on this role,” Melissa says. “It really has been a culmination of great advisers and educators running alongside opportunity to get involved in the community.”
Melissa will be helping A Way Home Peterborough to achieve its goal of reducing youth homelessness in Peterborough by 25% by 2021.
In the 2017/2018 school year, A Way Home Peterborough hosted its own TCRC community-based research project: Kasandra Tancorre studied how to best manage host home programs for youth at risk of becoming homeless.
Congratulations to Melissa and best of luck!