Tumwater’s third annual Community Summit aims to bring together school, community, and business leaders to discuss how to help youth and families in the greater Tumwater area.

This year, the event will focus on youth in the community experiencing homelessness. Tumwater City Administrator John Doan and Tumwater School Superintendent John Bash both expressed hope in a statement that participants would gain a better understanding of what youth homelessness looks like, how it impacts youth, and how they can be part of the solution.

“The summit provides a venue for us to collaborate around the challenges young people who are experiencing homelessness face each day,” Doan said in a statement. “This is an opportunity to seek ideas and support to build a community network of support for youth and families living in poverty.”

Dinner at the event is free and provided by the Tumwater School District. It includes a panel discussion with community leaders, followed by breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to youth and homelessness.

The topic of the panel discussion is, “What is the Community Doing about Youth Without Homes?” Panelists include Doan; Tumwater Police Commander Jay Mason; Community Youth Services CEO Derek Harris; and Family Support Center Executive Director Trish Gregory.

The event is 5 to 8:30 p.m. May 1 at Tumwater Middle School located at 6335 Littlerock Road SW.

Educators, students, families, and community members are invited to attend the free event. To register, call (360) 754-4120.

More information is available online.