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1 Homeless Youth Jason Freda Faisal Khan Tracy Moonsammy Lynette Rivera Eric Wang

2 Introduction Homeless population in New York City continues to grow. Young children and Teenagers are most prominently afflicted. Our action plan to remedy the problem.

3 Homeless Youth Statistics Individuals under age 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. Main problems identified by youth: – Family problems – Economic problems – Financial instability

4 Consequences Challenges on the street. Mental and physical problems.

5 National Runaway Switchboard Each year The N.R.S. handles more than 115,000 calls from youth and concerned adults who are reaching out for help. Call Volume Activity in NYC: 6,192 Gender of Caller Male24.0% Female76.0% On the Street - Means of Survival Friends/Relatives47.7% Shelters/Soup Kitchens8.2% Stealing1.4% Prostitution/Sex Industry2.1% Selling Drugs1.0% Unknown25.0% Panhandling2.2% Personal Funds7.3% Detention/Police3.0% Employment2.1% Source: &

6 SEE: Homelessness Teenagers – Lack of housing. – Increased level of abuse. – Increased level of unemployment.

7 SEE: The “Young Girl” About 17 years old. “Lived” on street corner (42 nd & Madison). “I’m hungry, can someone please provide me with some food or change?” Our initial observation: A Blank Stare Other people’s reactions: Disgust

8 SEE: “Shauna” “Lives” at Open Door Drop-In Center, NYC. 20 years old. Originally from Indianapolis. Parents: – Mother: Drug Addict – Father: In Prison “I’m no different than anyone else, all I want is a chance.”

9 SEE: Conclusion Society may never understand homeless people and the obstacles they face. Our overwhelmingly fast-paced society leads people to react to homeless with a lack of compassion. Homelessness continues to grow.

10 JUDGE: Outlook on the Homeless Individuals tend to: – Look down upon them. – View them as “worthless.” – See the individual’s problem as self inflicted. – Generalize them. Two Tangible Models: – The Celebrity – The Typical Citizen

11 JUDGE: Commodity Form Reaction “The Celebrity” and their assumed characteristics. Modeling of human behavior as related to worth. People seen as things. Production, Marketing, Consuming, Value. Exteriority

12 JUDGE: Personal Form Reaction The “Typical Citizen” and their assumed characteristics. People are irreplaceable. Religious basis. “Do Unto Others”

13 JUDGE: Conclusion Both are prevalent. Based on background and upbringing. Society and media trend toward Commodity Form. Family values and religion move toward Personal Form.

14 ACT: Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) D.Y.C.D. Services – Crisis Shelters – Interim Family Program – Transitional Independent Living Programs – Drop-In Center Program – RHY Street Outreach and Referral Service Program

15 ACT: Covenant House Outreach Nineline Hotline 1-800-999-9999. Right’s of Passage. Community Service Centers. Programs: – Substance Abuse Programs – Help for youths addicted to alcohol or drugs – Mother/Child Program – Provides special care for pregnant and parenting young women – Aftercare Program – Provides vital additional support to young people after they leave Covenant House

16 ACT: Covenant House Statistics Break down by Age Breakdown by Culture Breakdown by Gender

17 ACT: Action Plan More funding. Early-age awareness building. Better advertising, public service announcements. Better education for adults. More community involvement. Better cooperation between agencies. Long-term planning.

18 Questions? Comments?

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