Words of Wisdom from Homeless Youth

//Words of Wisdom from Homeless Youth
Words of Wisdom from Homeless Youth2017-03-12T17:13:33+00:00

Homeless Youth Want a Connection to Family

I AM A YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESS. I . . .

. . . may have a connection to my biological family, or a desire to reconnect to them.
. . . may come from a poor family, or my family may have money.
. . . can still take care of my own child and be a good parent but may need some help in learning how since I may not have had a good role model in my own childhood.

Homeless Youth Want a Safe Place to Live

I AM A YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESS. I . . .

. . . may come from a city. But I may also come from a rural town, suburb, Indian reservation, border colonia, or foreign country.
. . . may have traveled miles from home, but I may also have traveled just a few blocks.
. . . may have left on my own because it was safer for me to get out. But I also may have been kicked out of my home because my family didn’t understand or accept me.
. . . may get caught up in the wrong crowd for self-protection. But I am not violent or a gang member. I’m just hanging on the street because I don’t have another place to go.
. . . sometimes do things I don’t want to like provide sex in exchange for a place to live, food, or money. My situation can get really desperate.
. . . am no different from other youth. I simply don’t have a safe place to live.

Homeless Youth Want Self-Sufficiency

I AM A YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESS. I . . .

. . . usually just have too much stress and competing priorities to operate at the same pace as my peers with safe places to live. I am not dumb or unmotivated.
. . . need to take care of getting a safe place to live and a source of food and clean clothes before I can focus on finding a job or completing school.
. . . want to work to support myself. But I probably need some help building work skills and help finding a job, just like any other young person looking for a first job.
. . . want to wear clean clothes and take regular showers. If I look grungy, it’s because I don’t have regular access to these basic things.

Homeless Youth Want Help from Caring Adults

I AM A YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESS. I . . .

. . . may use alcohol or drugs or have a mental illness. But if I do, it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to get help.
. . . sometimes act tough because that is a skill I developed to survive without a safe place to live. But, I know to behave differently if you give me positive attention.
. . . may need your help to fit in with my peer group who have stable housing. Providing me with resources and supports can help make this possible. I don’t want to be an outsider.
. . . may be reluctant to ask for help right away because I may not trust you. So please ask me first if I need help. And be patient while my trust in you strengthens.
. . . have a voice and like to make choices. Don’t assume you know what’s best for me. Ask me what I want before you intercede on my behalf.

Homeless Youth Want a Future

I AM A YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESS. I . . .

. . . have dreams and goals. I can succeed in life despite the hardships I have faced.
. . . am not disposable. I am a human being. Be happy I am alive. I am the future.