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Supporting Pathways to Long-Term Success for Systems-Involved Youth: Lessons Learned

Supporting Pathways to Long-Term Success for Systems-Involved Youth: Lessons Learned
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) presents three key lessons the organization has identified as critical to promoting pathways to postsecondary education, training, and careers for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, foster care, or both. These three lessons are leveraging authentic youth voice, providing youth with a wide range of comprehensive supports and transitional services, and strategically aligning youth-serving systems and policies. The brief includes best practice spotlights for each of the lessons learned.

Accession number
25710
Type new
Brief
Organization

American Youth Policy Forum

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the AYPF website at: https://www.aypf.org/resource/supporting-pathways-to-long-term-success/

Speaking Out: Youth Led Research as a Methodology Used with Homeless Youth

Speaking Out: Youth Led Research as a Methodology Used with Homeless Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a study that examined participatory action as a methodology for the homeless youth population. Participatory action research is well documented with other marginalized groups, but less so with homeless youth. The study recruited and trained 10 peer researchers who were homeless and between the ages of 18 and 25.  Several important themes emerged from the qualitative interviews conducted by the peer researchers with other homeless youth. The peer researchers reported individual benefits of feeling that participating in the project mattered, that people listened to them, and that they had a voice. In addition, the peer researchers perceived that homeless youth were more likely to talk to them in greater depth as peers compared with adults. Results indicate that youth-led research is a promising methodology for use among homeless youth. The peer researchers agreed that this approach could positively impact the quality and quantity of data that could be collected from youth participants.

Accession number
25513
Authors
Gomez, R.J., Ryan, T.N.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

Volume new
33
Year published new
2016
Availability

Our Seat at the Table: Mentorship, Advocacy, & Youth Leadership in Qualitative Research

Our Seat at the Table: Mentorship, Advocacy, & Youth Leadership in Qualitative Research
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This article discusses strategies and models for engaging diverse community partnerships through the Youth of Color Needs Assessment, a community-based participatory research project that elevates the voices and experiences of homeless and unstably housed youth of color in King County, Washington. Building upon the lens and expertise of a young Community Advocate thrust into research, it explores the strengths of youth of color leadership and best practices for trauma-informed, relational support for youth leaders and focus group participants alike. The author offers insights of a youth-centered model for the field grounded in engagement, sustainability, and ethics for research within and for communities at the margins. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25875
Authors
Pk, S.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Journal of Family Violence

Volume new
33
Year published new
2018
Availability

Download with article purchase or journal subscription at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10896-018-9983-2

King County Youth of Color Needs Assessment: The Experiences, Strengths, & Needs of Homeless and Unstably Housed Youth of Color

King County Youth of Color Needs Assessment: The Experiences, Strengths, & Needs of Homeless and Unstably Housed Youth of Color
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report presents the findings from a systematic examination of the overrepresentation of homelessness among youth of color in King County, WA. This project used a participatory, community-based approach that incorporated the feedback and guidance of community partners and youth leaders of color. The researchers conducted 12 focus groups countywide, from September to December 2016, that sought to understand the experiences of and the contexts surrounding homelessness among this population. In total, 103 young people, ages 13 to 24, participated in the focus groups. The researchers adapted the Five Domains of Wellbeing Framework to create a context for and connection between the key themes of the project. This report outlines the four major takeaways from the project based on the themes that emerged from the focus groups, along with policy and practice recommendations. The takeaways are: 1) Structural racism undergirds the experiences of homelessness for young people of color; 2) The complex role of families should be recognized; 3) Building relationships with homeless young people of color is essential for supporting them; and 4) Young people of color want flexible, strengths-based supports that affirm their self-determination and meet their basic needs. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25521
Authors
Lippy, C., Pk, S., Hsieh, E., Perez-Darby, S., Burk, C.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse

Year published new
2017
Availability

Full report available for free download on the NW Network website at: https://www.nwnetwork.org/youth-of-color-needs-assessment/

For Youth, By Youth: A Third Student-Run Homeless Shelter

For Youth, By Youth: A Third Student-Run Homeless Shelter
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This article describes how the Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y), a homeless shelter exclusively for young adults ages 18 to 24, was established as the third student-run homeless shelter in the country. Two Harvard graduates saw a need within the Boston and Cambridge communities for a homeless shelter serving young adults. Drawing upon their experience volunteering as college students at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, the countrys first student-run homeless shelter, they worked with Harvard undergraduates to open Y2Y. College students from Villanova, Temple, Drexel, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania established the second shelter, called the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit, in Philadelphia in 2012. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25525
Authors
Seider, S.C.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Journal of College & Character

Volume new
17
Year published new
2016
Availability

Advice to Young Adults From Young Adults: Helpful Hints for Policy Change in the Mental Health System

Advice to Young Adults From Young Adults: Helpful Hints for Policy Change in the Mental Health System
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This tip sheet is designed for use by youth- and young-adult-led organizations that include young people with lived experience in the mental health system in their membership. The recommendations and quotes came from a series of interviews with young adult leaders from advocacy groups that focus on mental health challenges or living in foster care. The action steps for achieving policy change relayed by the interviewees include: 1) Develop a clear focus; 2) Seek information; 3) Establish partnerships; 4) Find champions; 5) Emphasize lived experience; and 6) Never give up. 

Accession number
25420
Authors
Koroloff, N.M., Friesen, B.J., Buekea, N.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Pathways Research and Training Center, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Year published new
2016
Availability

Available for download free of charge from Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/proj-4-SPAC-advice-to-youth-from-yo….