Homeless Youth: Alone and Adrift

Homeless Youth: Alone and Adrift

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Description:

Each year, roughly 1.7 million youth under the age of 18 experience homelessness. Although many of these youth return home, 380,000 remain without a home for over one week. If young adults under the age of 24 are included in these statistics, the number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness for over one week jumps to 550,000. Running away, “aging out” of foster care, and exiting the juvenile justice system are examples of reasons that lead homelessness among youth. This course offers definitions, statistics, and characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness. It also offers tips for working with youth experiencing homelessness and highlights programs who have worked with this population.

Who should take this module:

  • Frontline workers

Learning objectives:

  • Identify three effective strategies for working with youth who are experiencing homelessness
  • Describe the causes of youth homelessness
  • Discuss the impact of homelessness on young people

Meet the authors:

  • Wayne Centrone
  • Megan Edson Grandin

Module facts: 

  • Estimated length: 1 hour
  • Subject: Homeless youth
  • CE credit: 1 hour
  • Course type: Self-paced module
  • Covered topics: homelessness, homeless youth, youth, runaway youth

Curriculum

  • Course handouts
  • Homeless Youth: Part One
  • Homeless Youth: Quiz 1
  • Homeless Youth: Part Two
  • Homeless Youth: Quiz 2
  • Homeless Youth: Part Three
  • Homeless Youth: Feedback

About this module

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  • Flash Player v.10 or higher. Flash Player is free to download at: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  • Ensure you have a strong enough internet speed to stream
  • Ensure you don't have firewalls blocking the video (some firewalls block some HTTP addresses)

Description:

Each year, roughly 1.7 million youth under the age of 18 experience homelessness. Although many of these youth return home, 380,000 remain without a home for over one week. If young adults under the age of 24 are included in these statistics, the number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness for over one week jumps to 550,000. Running away, “aging out” of foster care, and exiting the juvenile justice system are examples of reasons that lead homelessness among youth. This course offers definitions, statistics, and characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness. It also offers tips for working with youth experiencing homelessness and highlights programs who have worked with this population.

Who should take this module:

  • Frontline workers

Learning objectives:

  • Identify three effective strategies for working with youth who are experiencing homelessness
  • Describe the causes of youth homelessness
  • Discuss the impact of homelessness on young people

Meet the authors:

  • Wayne Centrone
  • Megan Edson Grandin

Module facts: 

  • Estimated length: 1 hour
  • Subject: Homeless youth
  • CE credit: 1 hour
  • Course type: Self-paced module
  • Covered topics: homelessness, homeless youth, youth, runaway youth

Curriculum

  • Course handouts
  • Homeless Youth: Part One
  • Homeless Youth: Quiz 1
  • Homeless Youth: Part Two
  • Homeless Youth: Quiz 2
  • Homeless Youth: Part Three
  • Homeless Youth: Feedback