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Homeless Youth

There May Be More Homeless Kids Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

A shift in tracking homeless children may benefit young ones falling through the cracks in the current system. If the Homeless Children and Youth A...

Formerly Homeless Boy Is Giving People On The Streets A Fresh Start With His Soap Business

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

Donovan Smith is an expert at crafting donuts, pies, popsicles and cupcakes. But be warned: His seemingly mouth-watering creations should stay clear o...

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

More Pride Needed Over Treatment of Homeless Young People: 5 Things You Should Know to Help

Ariel Zwang | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

I want to share with you five things that you might not know about homeless youth and ask you to share with your networks. The more that people understand this problem, the more that we can rally behind efforts to create solutions.

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.

Homeless Student Earns Full Ride To Georgetown

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Black Voices

The homeless shelter that was formerly D.C.'s General Hospital has been making headlines for the story of a staff janitor who kidnapped 8-year-old Rel...

7 Things About Homeless Kids You Probably Didn't Know

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact

There are more than 1.6 million homeless children living in the United States, says The National Center on Family Homelessness. That's one in every 45...

Homeless Kids Hurt by For-Profit Colleges

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As a result of their aggressive recruiting and their low investment in actual education, for-profit schools saw more than half of the students enrolled in 2008 leave within a median of four months, without a degree or certification, just troublesome debt.

UK Band Northeast Corridor Teams with Homeless American Teens to Fight Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
Stacy Parker Le Melle

HARLEM, NYC - When English songwriter Nick Hampson of the band Northeast Corridor learned how Harlem parents were uniting to protest homophobic hate s...

Brooklyn Stylist Fernando Valencia Creates 'Hair With Purpose'

Christopher Murray | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Engaging the help of friends like Crystal Nieves, a business student who is acting as Hair With Purpose's Marketing Director, he's hoping to create a nonprofit that will support young people who have found themselves in desperate straits after coming to the big city to make their lives as openly-gay and transgendered people.

'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...

Harlem Parents Respond to Local Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I am a Harlem parent. For the last seven years, I've lived near ATLAH Ministry, a church that has made itself notorious for posting hateful screeds...

Just One Story, Out of Thousands

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.

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...

Federal Court: If You Buy a Girl, You're a Sex Trafficker

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

A U.S. Federal Circuit Court has ruled that customers who arrange for or have sex with children under age 18 are to be considered human traffickers. Wow. That's a big and heavy stick we can use to protect kids who are forced into having sex for someone else's profit.

Don't Pile More Discrimination on LGBTQ Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

We've watched those caskets lowered into the ground, and grieved at those wakes and funerals, just as many thousands of child advocates all across the country have done. Legislation that endorses discrimination against them will only worsen their isolation and despair.

Want to Fight Trafficking? Fight Homelessness

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.23.2014 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

If we want to fight the sexual exploitation of young people, we absolutely must fight youth homelessness. Kids who don't have a safe place to stay enter a direct pipeline to the pimps and exploiters who recognize their desperation and are waiting to prey on them.

School on Wheels of Massachusetts is a 'Champion in Action' for Students Impacted by Homelessness

School on Wheels of Massachusetts | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
School on Wheels of Massachusetts

At a time when family homelessness continues to soar, the nonprofit organization, School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) is being honored for suc...

Snowstorms Leave Human Trafficking Victims out in the Cold

Mary David | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Imagine she retreats to a shelter where aggressive, belligerent, or intoxicated people accost her, make snide comments about her child, and multiply the fears that first led her to the shelter. Should she stay? Would you?

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

Homelessness in New York City: No Easy Fix

Nan Roman | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
Nan Roman

The recent New York Times series Invisible Child powerfully describes the life of Dasani, a 12-year old girl who has spent years in the New York Ci...

Lessons from Dasani: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

Bonnie Stone | Posted 02.22.2014 | New York
Bonnie Stone

The New York Times "Invisible Child" series has prompted a strong reaction and substantive global dialogue among politicos, influencers and concerned ...

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

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.

A Better Ending for the "Invisible Child"

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.19.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

If there's one news article I would put on your must-read list from 2013, it's last week's exceptional New York Times series on Dasani, a homeless gir...