Healthy relationships with adults are an essential part of positive youth development. A supportive friendship or mentorship can give homeless youth the ability to take control of their lives. It can protect against some of the risk factors that threaten many homeless youth and can even ease the traumas that arise from life on the street. Positive relationships mitigate the ever-present dangers of abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.
Human trafficking transcends demographic categories. Its victims and survivors span the spectrum of race, class, and geography. However, some populations are at greater risk for trafficking than others, and runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are certainly among the most vulnerable.
Few recent public health crises have had the widespread impact of the ongoing opioid epidemic.
For more than 30 years, one piece of legislation has ensured that runaway and homeless youth receive the same educational opportunities as their peers with stable housing.
Welcome to On Point, the new blog from the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) — aka the RHY Clearinghouse — where we’ll be bringing you information and resources to support your work with runaway and homeless youth. Front line staff, managers, and administrators in youth-serving organizations, here you will find “news you can use!”