“I just wish they would have listened to me.” Young people everywhere deal with a vast amount of daily struggles. Only a handful are able to come forward about some of those struggles, especially if it means leaving home, knowing they have no place to go. Abuse, neglect, misunderstandings and unacceptance are just a few of the things preventing young people from living what we would call a “normal” life at home. Whether it’s just a rebellious attitude or a teen who has “come out” about their sexuality, no one deserves to be without a home. During these times, youth would rather risk their own lives than be put through these trials and tribulations at home.
Support systems are extremely important throughout life especially during times like these. A good support system could prevent so many negative outcomes, it could provide resources, ideas for self-care and most of all… understanding. Outreach is another form of letting the young people know about local resources and support groups. The more we put ourselves out there to these individuals, the more we will see progress in our communities with youth.
This article was written in a group setting by current Crisis Shelter youth, lead by Crisis Staff member Zac.
- 1 in 7 young people between the ages 10 and 18 will run away
- Youth ages 12 to 17 are more at risk of homelessness than adults
- 75% of runaways are females
- Estimates of the proportion of pregnant homeless girls are between 6% and 22%
- Between 20% and 40% of runaway and homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ)
- 46% of runaway and homeless youth reported being physically abused, 38% reported being emotionally abused, and 17% reported being forced into unwanted sexual activity by a family or household member
- 75% of homeless or runaway youth have dropped out or will drop out of school
(taken from ncsl.org)