Our Youth Outreach Team reaches an extremely diverse group of teens and young adults.
There is no "average" homeless youth. We see young women and young men -- some as young as 10 or 11, some as old as 26 or 27 who still identify as a youth, and who are still youth developmentally.
Some of the youth we serve are living on the street, some are living with families in poverty, others are living in unstable housing situations.
Some of the youth became homeless due to their family’s economic situation, a parent’s mental illness or substance abuse, or conflict with a parent's significant other. Some have been kicked out due to issues over their sexual orientation or a pregnancy. Others we serve have aged out of the foster care system and don't have the resources or support they need to make it on their own.
The youth we serve are struggling with multiple, complex issues on top of normal adolescent and emerging adult development. Most of our participants are dealing with high levels of stress, situational depression, and anxiety. Once a youth is on the street, s/he has limited resources. Youth may experiment with different tactics to survive, but they lack the support and guidance that teenagers need during a crucial time in human development.
All of the youth we serve are seeking to blend in and become the person they want to be.