Despite many achievements over the last 40 years in developing effective services for homeless youth, there are still many young people who need daily help and shelter. We asked five youth and family workers from around the country, “What is the next step in the battle to keep young people off the street?”
These interviews were conducted at the 2014 National Pathways to Adulthood Conference, attendees of which work with homeless as well as foster youth who are transitioning to independence. Many of their comments reflect the need for continued collaboration between the child welfare and runaway and homeless youth fields, and offer a composite picture of the field moving forward.
Meredith Hicks, Lighthouse Youth Services, Cincinnati, OH
Lauren Grimes, Transition-Age Outreach, On Our Own of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Ross Powell, Recruitment and Intake Specialist, Achieving Independence Center, Philadelphia, PA
Jerriee Michalicka, Transitional Living Program Coordinator, Youth and Family Services, El Reno, OK
Brian Brant, Coordinator, Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, Colorado