November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month (HYAM). Help raise awareness about youth homelessness.
Homeless and runaway youth are deeply in need of resources and opportunities but do not always have access to those resources.
1 in 10 young adults ages 18-25, and at least 1 in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. In San Joaquin County alone there is an estimated 100 youth who are homeless every night coming from every life circumstance and sharing an experience of home environments that are unsafe and unhealthy.
To help prevent youth from running away, families and communities must understand the facts about runaway youth, help youth protect themselves and assure youth of the opportunities and support available, and act as mentors and role models for youth guiding them toward available resources and safe, healthy, productive choices.
Here are ways you can help:
Did you know? A cost of a one night family restaurant meal ($50 or more) is equivalent to a week's worth of food for homeless youth. Support WCYFS’ services and shelters to keep homeless and runaway youth safe. Donate Now!
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Stay informed and get resources so you can help end youth homelessness in our community.
Need Help? Call our Youth 24-Hour Helpline at (209) 948-1911.