Homeless Youth: Alone and Adrift
Each year, roughly 1.7 million youth under the age of 18 experience homelessness. Although many of these youth return home, 380,000 remain without a home for over one week. If young adults under the age of 24 are included in these statistics, the number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness for over one week jumps to 550,000. Running away, “aging out” of foster care, and exiting the juvenile justice system are examples of reasons that lead homelessness among youth. This course offers definitions, statistics, and characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness. It also offers tips for working with youth experiencing homelessness and highlights programs who have worked with this population.
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