Runaway and Homeless Youth

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.

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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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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.

Photo of Susan Frankel, Director of the NRS, presenting an award to Debbie Powell, FYSB Deputy Associate Commissioner

The National Runaway Safeline, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, and RHY Leaders Mark NRPM 2019!
On November 6, 2019, national and local stakeholders for runaway and homeless youth (RHY) gathered at Sasha Bruce Youthwork in Washington, D.C., to kick off National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) and celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

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Get to Know a Grantee: The Colorado Rural Collaborative
The Colorado Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth has served homeless and at-risk youth in rural communities for more than a decade. Currently, the Rural Collaborative is in its second year of its current Basic Center Program (BCP) grant. This RHY program covers a wide geographic region within Colorado’s Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) from the Western Slope to Southern Colorado to the Northeast Quadrant of the State. For this edition of Get to Know a Grantee, we spoke with Denise McHugh and Kippi Clausen who co-lead the Rural Collaborative.

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Celebrate the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act 45th Anniversary During #NRPM2019
Every November, National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) shines a light on runaway and homeless youth issues and raises awareness about the programs and resources available to support these young people. This year, NRPM aligns with the 45th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

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