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Youth Homelessness

Watch The Moment These New York Homeless Kids See Their Brand New Playroom

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.22.2014 | Good News

If anyone's deserving of an epic home makeover, it's these kids. Homeless children staying at Bushwick Family Residences in New York were treated t...

Homeless Kids' Letters To Santa Remind Us Not Everyone Will Have A Happy Holiday (How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

Not every child will wake up on Dec. 25 to a mound of presents under the Christmas tree. Some won't even wake up with a permanent roof over their head...

Child Homelessness Reaches All Time High, But Remains A Hidden Problem

Stateline | Teresa Wiltz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

'Are You Ashamed?': Addressing Youth Homelessness

Colette (Coco) Auerswald | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Colette (Coco) Auerswald

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.

The Pathway to Recovery from Childhood Trauma

Bruce Lesley | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

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.

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

Maria Rivera | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
Maria Rivera

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.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Riley, 21, From Philadelphia

Diana Scholl | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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The Flavor of the Month

Leslie Handler | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Leslie Handler

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?

Transformation: How Superheroes Pay It Forward

Bridget Fonger | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Bridget Fonger

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."

Dozens Of Homeless Kids Are Sleeping In Arizona State Buildings

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact

Although it's been happening for years, the Arizona Department of Child Safety began keeping records of the homeless children sleeping in state-operat...

Number Of Homeless Kids In NYC Spikes 63 Percent In 5 Years: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact

New York City neighborhoods known for their middle-class appeal may be tumbling down the socioeconomic ladder, and children are suffering the conseque...

60 Percent Of Homeless Youths Have Been Raped Or Assaulted: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact

A new study explored who is falling victim to youth homelessness and why, and the results are troubling. The survey, conducted by the University o...

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

Healing the World, One Conversation at a Time

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Goulston, M.D.

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

Harriet McDonald | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

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.

Number Of Homeless Students In America Is Rising Rapidly

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high during the 2012-13 school year, according to the latest data from the U.S. ...

Number Of Homeless School Children On Rise

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools. Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 milli...

Joseph Erbentraut

Youth Homelessness Is An Invisible Issue, But It Doesn't Have To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact

"Is this the life I'm going to live for the rest of my life?" Those are the words spoken by one of the three young people at the center of "The Hom...

Miley Cyrus' Advocacy Moves More Fans To Share Their Personal Stories Of Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact

It wasn't enough that Miley Cyrus' acceptance speech (or lack thereof) at last month's VMAs had nothing to do with music and everything to do with you...

Let's Deemphasize People's Motivations Behind Advocacy and Volunteering

Megan Foo | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Megan Foo

As a high school student, I have often heard accusatory comments that so-and-so is only involved with social activism or a service project because "she wants to put it on her resume" or "he just wants to gain admission to college."

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...

Annual Sleep Out Broadway Edition 2014

Yvonna Russell | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

The 4th Annual Sleep Out Broadway Edition is about bringing awareness and support to New York's largest NGO dedicated to providing shelter, food and crisis care for homeless, runaway and at risk youth.

Why There's A Huge Gap In Counts Of Homeless Kids

SFGate | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact

Are families who live packed in single rooms in residential hotels considered homeless? It depends on who you ask. In 2001, San Francisco expand...

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.