Transcript: Let us all help these youth to get off of the streets and give them the tools needed to make a change in their lives for the better. These young people are the future of our country. Children on the streets Build a Home Center There are several reasons children and young adults would be living in this situation. Maltreatment Family conflict Substance abuse Mental and emotional issues Runaways Throwaways "Aging out" of foster care Instability Poverty A center aimed towards the homeless youth of the nation would help give back hope to those who have fallen victim to homelessness. This center would house the youth and teach life skills necessary to become independently sufficient. Also supplying the education needed whether it be a high school diploma or G.E.D. The Home Center would also provide hands on experience in the working field to ensure that the youth will be prepared to enter the workforce. References . With an estimate of 633,782 people across the nation being legitimately homeless, five percent of the population are children and young adults ages 24 and under. Why are they homeless? Homeless Youth Robertson, M., Toro, P. (n.d.) Homeless Youth: Research, Intervention, and Policy. Retrieved from: http://ehis.ebscohost.com.lib.kaplan.edu/eds/detail?vid=2&sid=ecb0be49-043a-4766-8e7cd425fb14130d%40sessionmgr198&hid=101&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=aph&AN=83370274 United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2012. Retrieved from: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD James Plafke, 2012. A 40 Hour Work Week on Minimum Wage Cannot Afford a Two Bedroom Apartment in the United States. Retrieved from:: http://www.geekosystem.com/40-hour-work-week-minimum-wage/ Photos: Slide 3: Retrieved from: http://static02.mediaite.com/geekosystem/uploads/2012/05/workweek-550x452.jpg Slide 5: Retrieved From: http://vimeo.com/48272572 Background music: I will not bow by Breaking Benjamin ( H320 Remix) Conclusion
Transcript: In Barrie there are a couple of resources if a youth is homeless. They are: • Youth haven • Barrie out of the cold • And the David Busby Center Youth haven is geared towards homeless youth. Their goal is to provide emergency shelter needs in a safe and supportive manner. They have many different programs to help troubled youth some of which are: • Life strategies- plan of action program- helps the youth determine goals they want to complete and they learn how to make realistic plans to obtain them • Employment- they help them write resumes and gain the important skills of interviewing and practical knowledge to help them succeed in the work place. • They also provide education to the youth that are staying in youth haven • They also have counselling •. The basic cause is poverty. The underlying causes can include poor physical or mental health, violence or abuse in the home, lack of employment or an income, and a shortage of affordable housing in the community. No one chooses to be homeless and it can happen to anyone - from a teenager escaping an abusive care giver, to a senior citizen on a fixed income facing a rent or tax increase, to a child whose parents suddenly become unemployed. •Abuse and neglect are two of the major reasons why young people leave home. Several studies show that nearly 70% of homeless youth have experienced some form of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. •Homeless youth are exposed to significantly more physical abuse, sickness, injury and mental health problems than their non-homeless peers, with often long-term implications for their self-esteem, relationships, and ability to become self-supporting. A Quebec study found that the death rate among homeless youth was 11 times higher than in the general population. •It has been estimated that one-third of Canada's homeless population are youth. On any given night, that means close to 65,000 young people are without a place to call home System Reform •Many homeless youth have also experienced detention centers, youth justice facilities, mental health institutions, shelters, foster homes, and child welfare authorities •A large group of homeless youth have also refused any of these services or have not been eligible for them, reducing barriers to some of these services would make improvements in preventing youth from becoming homeless •Youthworks initiative: 68% had been in foster care, group homes, or youth centers •43% had been in Child Protection Services -school programs aimed at youth could educate and support them in staying in school -Youthworks 62% said they dropped out of high school -most of these also said later on that they should have finished high school WHY -Youthworks 71% had previous experience with the criminal justice system -“…the relationship between homelessness and incarceration is in fact bidirectional. That is, people who are homeless are at risk of ending up in prison, and the prison experience itself places many releasees in jeopardy of becoming homeless. Because homeless youth often find themselves living in neighbourhoods which are subject to elevated levels of police surveillance, as a group, they are over-represented in the court and correctional systems.” Gaetz and O’Grady Homeless Youth Homeless: having no home or permanent place of residence. WHO HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE There are many ways students can help homelessness in their city. There are simple things students can do which could make a huge impact. The biggest contribution students could do is make homelessness more aware, make the school aware, and their community. The more people acknowledge the situation, the more helping hands to solve the problem. Students could donate clothes and non perishable items, or ask for help from neighbors or businesses. Students majoring in programs like environmental or agriculter could make green houses with the help of the college and donate everything grown to the homeless. Youth in the fashion program could have assignments of making clothing to help the homeless like creating hats and mittens. The culinary students could sell the food they created and donate the money to sheltering the ones in need, or just give them the food. Students in any sort of construction program could help in improving shelter (like abandoned houses, motels) with the help of the government. The students will receive hands on learning and contribute to a good cause. Any way you choose is a start in the right direction to improving youth homelessness. Every little bit will help and the first step is to just start. • And an aftercare program which helps the youth who are ready to move out of youth haven, they help by helping with the move and providing care packages whenever they need it. (http://www.youthhavenbarrie.com/programs.html) Now if any of the youth can’t go to youth haven there are other options they can utilize the Barrie’s out of the cold program which lets the homeless have somewhere to stay overnight during the winter
Transcript: "This is what homelessness ultimately does to children--and to all of us. Putting the mind in a kind of imprisoned jeopardy, it binds the intellectual, emotional, and moral life of a person, so that he or she has less and less time for ordinary concerns. Just as a hungry person can't stop thinking about food, so someone without a home, moving from place to place with no roof to take for granted, will keep thinking and wondering and worrying about buildings, places, durations of stay, about permanence or impermanence, about life itself, with its grim reality, its questionable possibilities." -Robert Cole, "A Cry for Help: Stories of Homelessness and Hope" The Merrymeeting Project The ACE Program The Halcyon House The Shaw House New Beginnings The Preble Street Lighthouse Shelter
Transcript: YOUTH HOMELESSNESS CHALLENGES ALCOHOL ABUSE DRUG ABUSE STREET VIOLENCE PROSTITUTION EXIT STRATEGY LOVING FAMILY & FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUPS YMCA SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE SALVATION ARMY LEAVING THE STREETS AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Transcript: Companies that complain about having homeless youth camping around and loitering around, and the homeless youth would benefit if they could just find a place off the streets where it's safe for them Greater coverage on the subject needs to be seen. The simple fact that this is a global issue should be initative enough. People need to know that our youth, our children are dying out on the streets.The next incredible inventor's contraptions may never reach fruitition becaue they didn't make it past that one harsh winter out on the streets or they were never able to reach full potential in their situation. Problem Overview Montserrat Diazbarriga Mrs. Byrd English 10-2nd Hour 11/24/15 Conclusion Sustanable Outcomes - http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org651382.jsp - http://www.hyconnectionkids.org/ - http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1022931628497 In order to solve the global issue of homeless youthmore awareness needs to be brought to the problem and orginazations dedicated on helping the youth. The presented problem affects the shelterless youth, the community as a whole, and parents of said youth and those who don't want their childen to end up in the same situation. Proposed Solution No one would b finacially really earning anything by this cause. Humans should do something and care enough about the youth to get them off the streets with out expecting back in return, But if anything one would be putting forth money for these organizations relying on donations from the community and the people. Con't Homeless Youth Homeless Youth is a problem affecting youth, Governent, and the community; Therefore Goernmnt and orginazations must take action immediately in order to give the generation a brighter future. Con't Homeless youth makes up 40% of all homeless people Out of that 40%, 14% is made up of LGBT+ youth,. Things that need to change if my solution were to work is the acceptance of parents for who their children are, and the awenaess that this situation need. Children can not be left to their own devices out on the streets. Background Works Cited
Transcript: Over the past half century sociological inquiry have provided relationships between low socioeconomic status and family influence levels. These relationships are linked to homeless youth by examining their early family histories for abuse, neglect, and other family problems influenced by socioeconomic status such as low education, work experience, and the types of transitions that youth experience. maltreatment, family alcoholism, drug use, and criminal activity characterized early family history of homeless youth Studies found 33% of homeless youth have suffered from sexual abuse more than 50% have experienced physical abuse and/or neglect. higher risk for running away Poor household with little to low expectations from their parents. Structural level, Family Youth experience maltreatment, family alcoholism/drug, domestic disturbances, and criminal activity done by their parents. Understanding the early life histories of homeless and runaway youth is crucial because it helps to explain how they arrived at their current situation. Data was obtained from semi-structured interviews with 40 homeless youth (16 males, 24 females). The majority were European American between 19 and 21 years of age and homeless. Alcohol use and/or drug use characterized the majority of households Youth likely to use alcohol and other substances Alcoholic parents main causes youth runaway Most youth have a chain of abuse with many relatives and ancestors in their family tree. child maltreatment Homeless Youth and Sociology It is important to help our homeless youth by offering them further education, basic life skills, occupational training, and programs to improve self-worth and self-esteem so they could transition successfully into adulthood instead of ending up potenial non-taxpayers, uneducated, mental heath problems. If homeless youth aren't addressed within an institutional level, then there structural future family will repeat a cycle of dysfunction. investigation statistics/sociologists research The way youth families are behaving and/or treating their kids is what ultimately leads youth to run away, to have parents that end up deceased not because of natural causes, end up with mental health problems they cannot shake, or take in the shoes of their parents and make life altering decisions which lead them to a life of homelessness at a young age whats the big deal Forms of Maltreatment: verbal abuse neglect sexual abuse physical abuse Physical was the most common form. The majority of youth have experienced and/or witnessed physical abuse. The future morals that these youth will develop unfortunately will be that they'll likely repeat acts of maltreatment LEARN TRUTH Parents Criminal activity Homeless Youth causes in society why they end up homeless Youths family and substance abuse history child abuse domestic violence drug use Continuous exposure to criminal activity may send the message to young people that this type of behavior is acceptable
Transcript: Homelessness among youth in the U.S. is disturbingly common, with an estimated annual presence of at least 5 percent for those between the ages 12 to 17. Research on this special population is sparse, which makes it difficult to capture an accurate and complete picture. However, despite its limitations, recent research describes homeless youth as a large and diverse group. This is one of the more difficult groups to track. How does homelessness affect youth? • Family problems – Disruptive family conditions are the principal reason that young people leave home and many homeless youth leave home. Often, boys exhibit aggression, while girls exhibit depression and passive or withdrawn behavior. Research analyzed what practices contributed to the success of homeless youth and children: • parental closeness with their children and involvement in children’s education; • high-quality relationships with teachers in special intervention support programs; • one-to-one relationships between tutors and children; and • relationships with competent and caring adults. Outreach for homeless youth Race or Ethnicity Defining "homeless youth" Why studying homelessness youth matters Sexual Orientation - Other homeless youth are forced to leave home because of their sexual orientation. As many as 25% of LBGT teens are rejected by their families, and many end up homeless on the streets. • Residential instability – Some youth living in residential or institutional placements become homeless upon discharge. • Economic problems – Some youth may become homeless when their families suffer financial crises Gender & Age Demographics In the long term, homeless youth would benefit from many of the same measures that are needed to fight poverty and homelessness in the adult population, including the provision of affordable housing and employment that pays a living wage. In addition to these basic supports, the child welfare system must make every effort to prevent children from ending up on the streets. What are the academic challenges that Homeless youth face? Sexually Transmitted Infections and Risks The average age of initial sexual intercourse among homeless youth is 12 to 13 years. behavioral Respiratory and Infectious Diseases Medical problems associated with poor and crowded living conditions, such as asthma, tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis A, lice, and scabies, are more common among homeless youth. Physical Health Emotional and Behavioral Development Homelessness and it's effects on youth Mental Illness The lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders in homeless youth is almost twice that of their housed peers. As many as one-third of homeless youth meet criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, one study of 95 homeless youth accessing a mobile medical unit found that about 41% met criteria for bipolar disorder; 27.5% for PTSD; 41% for major depressive disorder (MDD); and 29% for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) While local studies tend to document that homeless youth generally reflect the racial and ethnic make-up of their local areas, three local studies also report over-representation of members of racial or ethnic minorities relative to the local community. • 41.6% are White, Non-Hispanic • 9.7% are Hispanic • 37% are Black/African-American • 4.5% are other single races; • 7.2% are multiple races Homeless youth face difficulties attending school because of legal guardianship requirements, residency requirements, improper records, and lack of transportation. As a result, homeless youth face severe challenges in obtaining an education and supporting themselves emotionally and financially. academic Risks By focusing on homeless youth my target population is based on and includes youth described with a variety of terms within in research.These terms include "runaways," who have left home without parental permission. "Throwaways," who have been forced to leave home by their parents or "Street youth," who have spent at least some time living on the streets with or without parents due to economic circumstances. Physical Health Implications Substance Abuse Malnutrition Rates of obesity among homeless youth are estimated to be 50%.8 Homeless youth are more reliant on fast food establishments and soup kitchens for their meals. While the food served at these venues alleviates the immediate problem of hunger, it is often high in fat, sugar, and salt content, presenting significant metabolic and cardiovascular risks. High rates of substance use are also associated with youth homelessness. Youth may have been thrown out of their homes due to substance use issues, or may have begun using as a way to cope with homelessness. Substance use rates range from 70% to 90% among homeless youth, with tobacco and alcohol being the most commonly used substances. Cognitive Why do youth become homeless? According to the 2012 Report of Homelessness in Utah it is estimated that between 7-9% of homeless
Transcript: Family Problems Physical or sexual abuse Drug addiction of them or family member Parental neglect family problems economic problems residential instability Few legal ways to earn money Fighting for survival Physical and mental health Unable to attend school Why are young people homeless? Homeless Youth in America Economic Problems Problems They Face Lack of affordable housing Lack of jobs available Foster Care Residential Instability
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