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There is an alarming trend in homelessness: children aged 17 and younger are the most rapidly growing group of the homeless; families continue to be a growing group of the homeless; and many people who are homeless were raised or have lived in the suburbs. Homelessness is no longer an inner-city phenomenon. Three homeless youth were interviewed during their stay at a shelter for the homeless. The lives of Tristan, Gillian, and Keith, and Gillian's two children, are presented as examples of these trends. Although their stories are not the stories of all homeless youth, they fit within the range of what homeless youth experience. Many "street kids" report leaving unbearable home situations. In Denver some have expressed the reality of their lives through an art therapy project called "Urban Peak Homeless Youth Advocacy" Murals. The murals are described and descriptions of what life was like living on their own are presented in the words of these three young people. The research suggests public schools are in a position to be of service to homeless youth. Tristan, Gillian, and Keith share their perspectives on how public schools could better serve homeless youth. (Author/EMK)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Art Therapy, At Risk Persons, Children, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Educational Policy, High Schools, Homeless People, Poverty, Public Schools, Runaways, School Counseling, Transient Children, Youth Problems











Autor: Norum, Karen E.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11342&id=ED424518







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