Youth Voices

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The Powerful Ingredients of the Lived Experience of Young People in Supporting RHY

As a collaborative group of youth and young adults, the Youth Catalyst Team is excited to partner with the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth & Families (NCHYF) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) to share our insights on RHY services in a regular posting. We are a group of leaders, ages 16 to 24, who use our knowledge, skills, and personal understanding of systems and services to advance the youth services field.


Youth Voices Vodcast: Helping Native Youth

group of native american teensLearn how Bailee overcame specific and universal challenges facing Native youth to find stability in her own life. As a young mother, she went from being homeless to earning an associate’s degree and more.


Feel Safe Again: S’s Story

teen girl holder posterEvery year, tens of thousands of young people experience homelessness. Alone on the street, youth can become victims of violence, develop serious mental health and addiction problems, and be forced to trade sex for food and shelter.



Youth Speak Out: Billy Iannuzzi

billy iannuzziA member of two prominent youth advocacy boards explains how leadership opportunities can help young people overcome experiences with bullying.


Youth Speak Out: 'Sometimes You Have to Hit Rock Bottom'

closup of happy teen girlA former runaway and her father discuss her struggles with drug use and childhood abuse and the relationships that helped them both recover.


Project SOS Youth Speak Out: Making Youth Health 'A Personal Thing'

Project SOS logoTwo team members from Jacksonville’s Project S.O.S. program describe how their original play, "Live Like it Counts," has helped convey the benefits of healthy youth lifestyles and sexual abstinence to a larger audience.


Youth Speak Out: 'We Can Talk About Anything'

group of teen girls​Six high school girls talk about the benefits of mentoring and community service through Baltimore’s Young Women in Action Initiative.