National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Why Speak Up?

Image of a young  woman resting her chin on her  folded arms.Speaking up for yourself will help you:

  • Solve problems with family and friends
  • Get better service from doctors, social workers, and others 
  • Settle disputes with employers and gain their respect 
  • Get the education, housing, and health care you need 


  • You’ll feel proud of yourself.
  • You’ll prove you can do things on your own.
  • You’ll increase your chances of getting what you want, when you want it.


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