RHY Resources

Ethical Considerations for RHY Storytelling

Released by the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership in September 2017, Navigating the Ethical Maze: Storytelling for Organizations Working with Vulnerable Populations explores the possible impacts of storytelling on young people who have experienced adversity and trauma. The short brief addresses re-traumatization, fear and expectations, ‘deep consent,’ and staff training that can help preserve the dignity and wellbeing of RHY who agree to share their stories.


Guide to Navigating Mental Health Crises

Mental health emergencies can be unpredictable and challenging for those who experience them and those who act as supports. This online guide from National Alliance on Mental Illness describes warning signs; do’s and don’ts for responding to crises in the moment; what to expect from law enforcement and other responders; and practical tips for preparing ahead of time. RHY providers can use the guide to educate staff, community members, and youth and families about navigating mental health crises. Portable Treatment Record forms and informational posters are also available for download online.


Study Finds Many RHY are Pregnant or Parenting

According to the latest brief from Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count project, among young people who experience homelessness, an estimated 44% of girls and young women, and 18% of boys and young men, are either pregnant or parenting. The brief highlights challenges that pregnant and parenting youth face when seeking housing and services, and makes recommendations for improving access, better coordination between RHY and early childhood providers, and finding ways to preserve family relationships when possible. Read the full brief online.


Assessing Trauma Informed Care in RHY Programs

All RHY, and particularly young people who live on the street, experience complex trauma that impacts their ability to trust others, self-regulate and benefit from available services. In this excerpted book chapter, authors describe several frameworks for implementing trauma informed care with adolescents, as well as a brief assessment tool that helps organizations identify weak points, and build capacity for providing trauma informed care. Direct input from RHY informs tips for quick, practical ways that providers can make services more accessible.

Link: http://homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/Ch1-4-MentalHealthBook.pdf


How to Know if You’re Really Including ‘Youth Voice’

A new brief from Portland State University’s Research and Training Center offers an overview of typical approaches to including young people in organizational planning and decision-making. Instead of focusing on the number of young people ‘at the table’ as a measure of success, adults are encouraged to track the number of decisions made that actually reflect young people’s input. New and existing tools for assessing the quality of youth involvement are described and available in the full article.

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