Runaway and Homeless Youth

Night Ministry resident in their room

Get to Know a Grantee: The Night Ministry
Chicago's Night Ministry has offered shelter, health care, and social services for young people for nearly 30 years. NCHYF spoke with the Night Ministry about their work and their response to the coronavirus public health emergency.

Webinar on Preparing for Back to School in Unusual Times

Preparing for Back to School in Unusual Times – Highlights from the Webinar
Going back to school looks very different in 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, school systems are having to choose among in-person virtual, or hybrid approaches to beginning the 2020-21 school year. On July 23, 2020, NCHYF hosted a live panel discussion to explore how RHY grantees, youth-serving organizations, and education professionals can work together to ensure youth experiencing homelessness get the help and services they need.

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COVID-19 Guidance for Youth Homelessness Service Providers
There is a lot of COVID information out there; in this brief, we provide practical guidance and links to federal information with the best and most up-to-date information.

Helping Native Youth: A Youth Voices Podcast
In this video podcast produced by the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families, Bailee Allen, the chairperson of the National Runaway Safeline Youth Advisory Board, describes challenges faced by Native young people today and how programs funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program can help. Bailee is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma and serves on the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council. After running away from home and getting into trouble as a teen, Bailee decided to turn her life around, went back to school, and received her associate degree.

Shadow of a young woman behind bars

The Overlap of Human Trafficking and Runaway and Homeless Youth
Runaway and homeless youth are among the most vulnerable to human trafficking. This issue brief details the extent of the problem and action steps youth-serving organizations can take for a positive path forward.

Get to Know a Grantee: Larkin Street Youth Services
Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco has been a crucial component of the city’s RHY service system since 1984 and a FYSB grantee for more than 30 years.

Trauma-Informed Care for the Full Range of RHY Services
Trauma-informed care is increasingly recognized as a best practice for serving young people who have experienced homelessness. Very often young people endure multiple types of physical, psychological, and emotional maltreatment or abuse, resulting in “complex trauma” that researchers have associated with significant mental health problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. Research indicates that RHY organizations should provide trauma-informed services that thoroughly screen, assess, and serve youth to identify and address trauma.

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Get to Know a Grantee: Center for Youth Services
On the occasion of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, NCHYF spoke with Valerie Douglas, Director of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs at the Center for Youth Services (CYS) in Rochester, New York. A FYSB Runaway and Homeless Youth program grantee for more than 20 years, CYS operates the Safe Harbour program, which provides services and advocacy for youth survivors of human trafficking and youth at risk of being trafficked.

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Youth Homelessness and Trafficking: A Conversation with NRS’s Susan Frankel
Runaway and homeless youth remain vulnerable to labor and sex trafficking for a variety of reasons. On the occasion of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, NCHYF spoke with National Runaway Safeline CEO Susan Frankel about factors contributing to this dangerous overlap—and what can be done about it.

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