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Homeless Youth

Congress to Homeless Youth: You're Expendable

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. Ryan

Each year, more than 1.6 million children experience an episode of homelessness in the United States. The shutdown of the federal government is causing too many of them clear and preventable hardship.

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...

Homeless Youth: Our Future Leadership Unless...

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

These youth want to remain invisible. They fear being stigmatized or bullied; they also fear that they will be taken into custody. Additionally, their psychological development is at the stage where they genuinely believe that they are able to take care of themselves, somehow, someway.

Check out the House That FreeFest Built

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.21.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I am so excited about being able to share this story. Not only have I been wanting to visit the House that FreeFest built ever since I heard about it,...

Social and Economic Crises Increase Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

It's pretty much common sense that a bad economy will influence youth homelessness both in the present and in the future, but I never thought about th...

La Casa Norte: a Champion of Change Fighting Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Last year while visiting Chicago I met a young man who was 19 years-old at the time. Jermire had been homeless since the age of 13, but thanks to the ...

Covenant House Missouri Feels like Home

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.15.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

My very first interaction with a Covenant House was years ago when I was going to college to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I applied at Covenant Ho...

How Do You Help Young People? Listen to Them!

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.14.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

"How do you help young people? listen to them! It really is that simple. Sandwiches are sandwiches, a shower is a shower, a bed's a bed! But for too l...

The Domestic Labor and Sex Trafficking of Homeless Youth

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

"Children and youth victimized in human trafficking are not social outcasts or criminals. Rather, they are our neighbors and friends, our nieces and...

Bill de Blasio Because He Will Reverse the Bloomberg Administration's Policies That Have Left 50,000 New Yorkers Homeless

Laura Merriman | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Laura Merriman

I am supporting Bill de Blasio because he is the one candidate who will reverse the downward trajectory that far too many New Yorkers have faced during the Bloomberg years. The polls close at 9 p.m.

What Would Jesus Do to Help Homeless Youth?

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

My hope in writing this post is that we can all enter into a healthy conversation about faith based organizations and homeless services. I strongly be...

Using Employment and Education to Help Homeless Youth: Interview with Urban Peak

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I was introduced to Urban Peak's work fighting youth homelessness in Denver during Invisible People's 2nd national road trip. To be honest, it was a l...

Feeling the Chill in the Air

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Bedtimes should be warm and safe and all children deserve to feel loved and comforted as they crawl into a proper bed. We can't solve the homelessness problem, But we are working hard to wrap our arms around a single niche -- bedtime.

Families Are Still Downsizing: Interview with NPHY on Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

In 2009, the first stop on my very first road trip, thanks to an introduction made by National Safe Place, was at Nevada Partnership for Homeless Yout...

Back to School Supply Drives for Older Youth

Sue Kerr | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Sue Kerr

Our young LGBTQA youth (gay and straight for short) don't have family support and often don't have a place to live, but they are trying to continue with their education. So, child-sized backpacks and boxes of crayons aren't enough to get them on their way.

Stars Under the Stars for Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Next week on August 19, more than 50 Broadway stars, composers and directors will meet with homeless youth at Covenant House in New York City, then lie down on a sidewalk and sleep overnight on a small patch of concrete near the Lincoln Tunnel.

WATCH: LGBTQ Homeless Youth Forced To Turn To Sex Work To Survive

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

New polling and research shows that a shocking number of those participating in sex work are homeless youth. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender an...

The Fight Is on Against Child Sex Trafficking in New York State

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.06.2013 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

The bill, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, declares that 16- and 17-year-olds who are arrested for prostitution are victims in need of services, not criminals. Right now only youth through age 15 get that protection. Hitting your Sweet 16 birthday shouldn't mean that you no longer need justice.

1/4 Of Homeless Youth Sex Trafficking Victims, New Study Reveals

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Today we are releasing the findings from one of the largest human trafficking studies among homeless youth in New York history, and the news is numbin...

Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness: Forty to None Project's Multi-pronged Approach

Jama Shelton | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

Most solutions to the problem of youth homelessness center around increased shelter services, but we have established a three-tiered approach that is multidimensional and holistic; each part is important in its own right but ineffective without the others.

Momentum Grows to End Human Trafficking

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Too often, those of us who fight against human slavery beat our heads against the walls of misinformation and prejudice.

Why We Need Public Boarding Schools

Thomas Fisher | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Thomas Fisher

Affordable housing and school busing can do little to counter a disruptive family life or a dangerous neighborhood. We need an alternative: public boarding schools.

The High Costs of Aging Out

Richard Buery | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Buery

Too many youth in foster care spend their 21st birthday packing their bags, finding a place to live and figuring out how they are going to pay the rent and put food in the fridge.

Providing a Better Future for Homeless Youth

Deborah Shore | Posted 06.26.2013 | DC
Deborah Shore

For 39 years, Sasha Bruce Youthwork has weathered the ups-and-downs of the economy, and we continue to offer safe homes for hundreds of runaway and homeless youth each year. Yet, right now, we are confronted with unprecedented cuts from federal and District sources.

Preservational Leadership

Andrew Longhi | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Longhi

Just as Sen. Portman can center his understanding of LGBT equality only on an issue that will affect his son, self-appointed LGBT leaders enjoy a special, institutional legitimacy without feeling the urge to set goals that meet the needs of all their constituents.