Growing evidence highlights the benefits to youth of involvement in community-based participatory research. Less attention has been paid, however, to the contributions youth can make to helping change health-promoting policy through such work. This paper describes a multi-method case study of a policy-focused community-based participatory research project in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, California, where a small group of homeless youth worked with adult mentors to develop and conduct a survey of 96 homeless youth and used the findings to help secure health-promoting policy change.
This article was taken from Health Promot Pract February 5, 2013
According to a report issued by West Contra Costa County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), there were 617 homeless youth between the ages of (14-24) served by shelters in West Contra Costa County in 2010. Of that number, 59 percent (361) were from Richmond. The 2010 countywide figures represent a 37 percent increase from the previous year.
This article was taken from New America Media
This report focuses on preventing youth from becoming homeless and reducing the number of young people who experience homelessness. The latter includes youth at various stages of homelessness, including: children who run away and are episodically homeless; those who have run away from or “aged out” of the child welfare or juvenile probation systems; youth who are transient; and those who have experienced homelessness for longer periods and often live on the street. Recommendations include a series of short-term strategies to address youth homelessness that draw on existing resources as well as longer-term strategies, which will require new public investment.
This article was taken from The John Burton Foundation for Children without Homes, 2009
Newly homeless youth are likelier to engage in risky sexual behavior if they stay in nonfamily settings — such as friends’ homes, abandoned buildings or the streets — because they lack supervision and social support, a UCLA AIDS Institute study has found.
This article was taken from ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2008)
August 2007 fact sheet discusses the dimensions, causes, and consequences of homelessness among youth. An overview of program and policy issues and a list of resources for further study are also provided.
This article was taken from National Coalition for the Homeless, August 2007
This article was taken from National Child Traumatic Stress Network. http://www.NCTSN.org
This report to Congress, created by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, provides an overview of youth homelessness, as well as a set of preventive strategies that show promise in the effort to end homelessness.
This article was taken from US Department of Health and Human Services
Overview of Federal programs and policies regarding youth including homelessness.
This article was taken from CRS Reports for Congress
June 2007 fact sheet from The National Alliance to End Homelessness
Report by the California Research Bureau discusses key issues related to the challenges homeless youth face in achieving their educational goals. It describes federal and state programs and funding, identifies successful practices and model programs, and presents policy options that address these challenges.
This article was taken from California Research Bureau, California State Library