Runaway and Homeless Youth

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National Runaway Prevention Month: Shining a Light on Runaway and Homeless Youth Issues
By Elizabeth Darling, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families A key component of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program’s mission is supporting programs that work every day to provide essential services and a safe place to youth experiencing homelessness nationwide.

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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.