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Youth Homelessness

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...

My Experience Sleeping on the Streets of New York

Geraldine Laybourne | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Geraldine Laybourne

Three years ago Strauss Zelnick asked me if I would participate in a Covenant House event and sleep out on the streets of NYC in solidarity with homeless youth. I asked no questions. I said YES.

D.C. Must Plan a Way to Serve Minor Children on Freezing Nights

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 12.16.2013 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency shelter space, many of whom also had children of their own.

@home's Latest Webisode: Youth Homelessness in Chicago

Mark Horvath | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

More than 1.35 million children are expected to experience homelessness in the United States in a given year, representing 39% of America's homeless p...

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...

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...

Increase of Schizophrenia in Homeless Youth: Interview with a Youth Therapist

Mark Horvath | Posted 10.31.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

In 2009, on my very first road trip, the State of Utah contacted me and asked me to visit Salt Lake City. Invisible People is not your conventional ho...

Road Trip to Fight Youth Homelessness with Virgin Mobile, Sevenly and Ford

Mark Horvath | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

If you've been following me for any amount of time you already know I am a huge Virgin Mobile fanboy! In the past, Virgin Mobile in the U.S. and in Canada has supported Invisible People. It's probably not news to you that Virgin Mobile has taken on the cause of youth homelessness.

Homeless Youth Profiled On UK Company's Cardboard Boxes

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact

One UK company is thinking outside of the box when it comes to helping homeless youth. Advertising group Publicis and its charity client, Depaul UK...

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.

Finding Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Miami-Dade County

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

These youth are a part of our future as a nation. If they are to succeed in school and work, they need stable housing and the supportive services that their families are unable to provide.

Chelsea Kiene

Homeless Teens Dealt New Blow

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.19.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A longtime provider of runaway and homeless youth services for D.C. teens is calling out the District for falling short of its commitmen...

Once Homeless Teen Gets Full Scholarship To Stanford

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.15.2013 | Impact

Just six years ago, Lane Gunderman was shuffling through homeless shelters with his family. Now, the science wiz is gearing up to go to Stanford Unive...

The Big Apple, Biggest and Best in... Homelessness?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

New York leads the nation with many superlatives: it's the biggest, the artiest and most visited of our cities. Now, it has topped its own unfortunate record, with more homeless people sleeping in shelters each night than ever: more than 50,000 each night.

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...

The Neural Bases for Dehumanizing the Homeless

Lisa Wade | Posted 02.12.2013 | Science
Lisa Wade

In most densely-packed urban cities, one will be able to observe a disturbing phenomenon: wealthy people marching past the homeless, day in and day out.

Are You Sure You Really Want to Know?

Carey Fuller | Posted 11.07.2012 | Impact
Carey Fuller

A friend of mine running for public office once asked me what he could do for folks like me and although I know he means well, I don't think he has any idea of what he's really asking.

When Desperate Times Turn Into Desperate People

Carey Fuller | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Carey Fuller

As budgets get stripped down to nothing and programs simply evaporate in the shadow of elusive living wage jobs, don't be surprised at what people will do out of desperation.