Saturday, April 22, 2023
Writing the Next Chapter...
Please join us for the National Runaway Safeline’s (NRS) annual fundraising event, Celebrating the Spirit of Youth. This year’s event will focus on “writing the next chapter” by showcasing the possibilities and highlighting the importance of activating change for the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness every year.
On Saturday, April 22, 2023 NRS will bring together hundreds of supporters for this signature event. Held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, the evening will feature dinner, drinks, entertainment and a celebration of individuals who are making a difference for young people across the country.
National poverty and child welfare expert and advocate, and author of A Place Called Home
David Ambroz is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate. He was recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. Currently serving as the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon, Ambroz previously led Corporate Social Responsibility for Walt Disney Television, and has served as president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission as well as a California Child Welfare Council member.
After growing up homeless and then in foster care, he graduated from Vassar College and later earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He is a foster dad and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Activist, artist, community organizer and member of the NRS Youth Advisory Board
Rachel is a disabled artist, writer, and member of the Dane County Youth Action Board in Madison, Wisconsin.
Her artistic work is rooted firmly in her identities as a queer, disabled survivor of child sexual abuse and her commitment to bringing awareness to silenced and stigmatized issues faced broadly by the disability community through personal narrative and research-based storytelling.
Outside of her art, she helps raise awareness and advocates at the local and national level for a variety of projects relating to youth homelessness and its intersection with a number of complex systems.
Reporter, NBC 5 Chicago
Natalie Martinez joined NBC Chicago as a general assignment reporter in January 2001.
Prior to her work at WMAQ-TV this award-winning journalist had worked as an anchor, reporter, and producer for several upstate New York television and radio stations.
Natalie is very active and recognized in the Latino community and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Hispanic leadership association; and the National Association for Female Executives.
NRS Youth Advisory Board Member
Mia Sostrin (they/them) is a National Runaway Safeline Youth Advisory Board Member and a Youth for Truth representative from Chicago, IL, where they currently attend Northeastern Illinois University, studying social work.
Mia loves music, singing, and performing, and hopes to incorporate music into their future career in social work. They continue to be an advocate for young people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in the greater Chicago community.