Youth who are homeless will hang out in places where they've never been counted before and where you'd never recognize them. But those youth who are couch surfing, or worse, trading sex for a safe place to sleep (survival sex), will be left out.
Youth are our greatest resource statewide and nationally. In the long run, it is not only our moral responsibility, but also to our benefit that the opportunity to reach their potential and to live long, healthy, productive lives, is extended to all youth.
I am not my PTSD. I never was - and never will be - crazy. The trauma therapy, however hellish, is a pill I must swallow. Through it, I will heal. The darkness in my life will, someday soon, brighten, and I will excel when that time comes.
Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last year, and it feels like, amidst discussions of testing, contracts, and school closings, no one gave this ever-rising number the attention I believe it deserves.
He met a girl. She had an apartment. He moved in with her. Even though the relationship didn't last, it was enough for him to get himself off the streets, clean himself up, get a job, and become stable. But what can be done for all the youth who don't have such an option?
Lauri started The Teen Project to give kids what she wishes she had been given upon exiting the foster care system: proper guidance to get on the road to success, or as Lauri calls it "parenting for the parentless."
What do you say to a group of homeless 10-to-17-year-olds living with their single mothers at one of the largest homeless shelters in the country, in one of the most drug and crime infested parts of Los Angeles?
You're young, you're black, and you've got no future. Why? Because you were arrested on drug charges. You've been arrested before, just like more than half of the other young black men in your neighborhood. But this time, you'll receive a mandatory 'war on drugs' sentence.