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Where Ben Can Be Himself

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

From the time he was 9, he sensed he didn't fit in. At that young age, he'd asked his mother what a kid in his town meant by calling him gay. She told him not to use that "horrible" word, and that gay people are "bad." They "go to hell," she said, urging him "to pray for them, but never go near them."

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

'Survival Sex Is How I Find A Place To Sleep': Mannequins Send Dire Message On Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.02.2014 | Impact

Haunting, faceless mannequins are swarming Cleveland this month. They're dressed in hooded sweatshirts, loose pants and weathered sneakers, and -- fr...

Lawmaker Presents Foster Care Alternative For Homeless Teens

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

A new bill proposed in California offers homeless teens an alternative to foster care and juvenile detention, two systems proponents say often fail yo...

Homeless for the Holidays: Ending a Nation's Cruel Indifference to Homeless Youth (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.

How a New Backpack Changed the Life of a Homeless Teen

School on Wheels of Massachusetts | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
School on Wheels of Massachusetts

Cheryl Opper --Founder and Executive Director, School on Wheels of Massachusetts It was August 2006 and I was delivering backpacks and school suppl...

State Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens From Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. Th...

Young Woman Becomes Guardian Angel To NYC Street Kids

Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

By Ray LeMoine, TakePart Since the early ’80s, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan’s East Village has been a primary hub for New York’s homeles...

From Homeless To Football Star (VIDEO)

Posted 10.15.2014 | Teen

Growing up, high school athlete Angelo Whittis never had a stable home -- he stayed with various relatives and often slept in friends' cars. Now, than...

Sandy's Dirty (Not-So-Little) Secrets

Tori Molnar | Posted 01.19.2013 | Teen
Tori Molnar

Over 200,000 homeless youth are now displaced in New York City alone and there are displaced students in Seaside, New Jersey who are being told that they won't be able to return home for six months.

'I've Grown Up A Lot Faster Than Everyone Around Me'

Posted 09.05.2012 | Teen

This video is part of "Undroppable," a documentary project from @Jason_Pollock that tells the stories of young people who have overcome significant ob...

When Those Who Have Nothing Give Back

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Soon, people all around the country will learn what we at Covenant House have known for 40 years -- that our kids are good kids, despite all the efforts of abusive parents, negligent institutions, and crushing poverty to turn them bitter.

Government Officials Should "Think Twice Before They Slice"

Terri Lee Freeman | Posted 10.29.2012 | DC
Terri Lee Freeman

A powerful storm is headed toward the United States and could cause terrible devastation in its path. I'm not talking about Hurricane Isaac. I am referring to predictions that a second recession could be right around the corner.

Graduating High School Got Me Off the Streets and into College

Romonia Dixon | Posted 07.24.2012 | Teen
Romonia Dixon

Living on the streets was difficult, but going to school was even harder. How could I focus on a math problem or a vocabulary word when I'm constantly thinking about where I will stay that night?

Rise In Homeless Students Stifles Florida Town

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Zach Montgomery's dad plugs in the electric skillet and opens the cardboard box containing tonight's dinner. The liquid from the ca...

Why We Never Give Up

Judith Sandalow | Posted 03.28.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Two years ago I stepped into the office of a colleague and found her on Myspace. "It's not what you think," she told me. "I'm reaching out to a client."

Homeless Teen Honored In Prestigious Science Competition

AP | Frank Eltman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home

By Associated Press BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a Long Island shelter for several days when they got ...

Homeless Teen Is Semifinalist In Prestigious Science Competition

Wall Street Journal | Posted 01.12.2012 | Home

A 17-year-old homeless teenager from Long Island is a semifinalist of the prestigious national Intel science competition. Samantha Garvey is one of 61...

What's The First Thing LA Homeless Teens Spend Money On?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.21.2011 | Los Angeles

What's the first thing homeless youth in Los Angeles spend their money on? Food, shelter, clothes? No, a cell phone. According to a USC study publi...

When Seeking Shelter, Homeless Teens More Often Left Out in the Cold

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Not all kids who run away contact any particular agency looking for help and because of that; no individual response group can quantify the problem.

Teens for Jeans: It's Better to Give Than to Receive

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

In addition to collecting the badly needed jeans, the campaign also hopes to raise awareness among teens about the one-third of homeless people who are under the age of 18.