Permanent Connections

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The Power of Mentoring
National Runaway Prevention Month is a time for all of us in this field to take stock of our work and the approaches we take to help at-risk youth. The Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C., emphasizes mentoring as a way to connect with young people and show them their potential.

Nikkya Martin

Community Mapping Connects Youth to Their Neighborhoods
The nonprofit organization buildOn uses "community mapping" to familiarize young people with their neighbors and inspire them to help.

Photograph of Billy Iannuzzi.

Youth Speak Out: Billy Iannuzzi
A member of two prominent youth advocacy boards explains how leadership opportunities can help young people overcome experiences with bullying.

Photograph of Terry Cross.

Voices From the Field: Terry Cross
Terry Cross, executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, explains his innovative work with the "Relational Worldview" of youth care.

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Youth Speak Out: 'Sometimes You Have to Hit Rock Bottom'
A former runaway and her father discuss her struggles with drug use and childhood abuse and the relationships that helped them both recover.

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Youth Speak Out: 'We Can Talk About Anything'
Six high school girls talk about the benefits of mentoring and community service through Baltimore’s Young Women in Action Initiative.

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Aftercare: Staying in Touch With Youth After They Have Left the System
In this publication, we take a look at how Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs continue to serve young clients after they leave the system and provides tips on facilitating successful transitions to adult independent living.