RHY Resources

 

Education and Homelessness

The latest research brief from Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count series addresses educational disruption among youth experiencing homelessness. Missed Opportunities: Education Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America includes a summary of policies related to education for RHY; comprehensive recommendations for education and homeless services systems to address overlapping issues; and significant findings from Voices of Youth Count surveys. The report argues that housing and education are inextricably linked and that promoting youth’s success in either domain requires systemic solutions—in other words, stable housing is linked to staying in school and school success protects against future homelessness.

Read the brief and find links to the entire series at https://www.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/ChapinHall_VoYC_Education-Brief.pdf

 

Why Resilience Matters

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has a new series of videos on the importance of understanding, developing, and strengthening resilience in young people. The first of the three short videos defines the fundamentals of resilience—protective factors that allow people to adapt and succeed in the face of hardship. The second video delves into the science of resilience, and the third video discusses how resilience is built and nurtured.

Watch the series of videos at https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-resilience-series/

 

Improving the Mental Health of Homeless Youth

The Center for Mental Health Services recently released Addressing Intersecting Social and Mental Health Needs Among Transition-aged Homeless Youth, the latest in a series on improving mental health care services that reviews literature on social and mental health needs of RHY. Authors concluded that briefer interventions that use mobile applications and invite users to engage rather than asking users to initiate contact are more successful with homeless youth. According to research, homeless youth want mental health services, and are especially engaged with programs that address interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation, and trauma.

Download the paper at https://www.nasmhpd.org/sites/default/files/TAC_Paper_10_508C_1.pdf

 

News Series on Foster Care’s Throwaway Youth

The Kansas City Star has written a six-part investigative series on the significantly negative outcomes experienced by youth aging out of foster care in the U.S. Based on a year-long exploration of what happens to youth who age out, reporters suggest that by nearly every measure, states across the country fail these youth. The comprehensive reporting includes analysis of the foster-care-to-prison-pipeline, the history of the foster care system, how placements harm a child’s cognitive development, and detailed analysis of why so many youth ‘graduate’ from foster care to being homeless. The series also includes audio and video interviews with youth and experts in the field.

Access the series at https://www.kansascity.com/news/special-reports/article238206754.html

 

Study on RHY and Post-sexual Assault Care

Research on how often and why sexually assaulted RHY seek post-sexual assault care was recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Based on self-report survey data from 1,405 young people ages 18-26 who were homeless in seven cities across the U.S., the study found that only 29% of RHY experiencing sexual assault sought health care afterward. The most commonly reported reasons for not seeking care included reluctance to involve the legal system (44%), and not thinking care was important (35%); significant variations in the reasons youth reported not seeking care were found among different racial and ethnic groups, and among youth reporting past experiences of dating violence, survival sex and juvenile justice contact. Receiving care soon after sexual assault decreases risks of contracting HIV and becoming pregnant unintentionally.

Read the full study at https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(19)30445-3/fulltext

 
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