RHY Resources

Addressing Shame and Stigma around Homelessness

A recent study of RHY in Ireland suggests that shame and stigma act as significant barriers to homeless youth seeking help. In order to combat youth homelessness and associated feelings of shamefulness and stigmatization, researchers are testing a single-session intervention called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and finding positive results. ACT shows people that external, socio-political, and environmental factors play a big part in their homelessness; that it isn’t “all their fault” and that they can choose to reject negative labels assigned to those experiencing homelessness. RHY providers may consider using this approach with young people who internalize a poor self-image that interferes with service engagement.

Read the Irish Times article online at https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/a-new-therapeutic-approach-to-helping-young-homeless-people-1.3915474


“Smaller” Youth Populations Input on Mental Health

A recent report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the mental health needs and opinions of 26 young adults ages 16-25 living in poverty in marginalized, small and hard to reach communities—populations whose small size often relegates their input to an “asterisk” in large-scale studies. Participants’ unique perspectives, collected via focus group discussions and featured in the report, include ideas on health insurance, how they define mental health, and how to improve access to mental health care. RHY programs can use key findings and policy recommendations to ensure that mental health services for young adults are culturally relevant, attractive and accessible.

Read the full report at https://www.cmhnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019_behindtheasterisk.pdf


2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Released

The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, compiled by the U.S. Department of State, discusses what countries and governments, including the U.S. Government, are doing to effectively respond to human trafficking.  This year’s report highlights the full meaning of the Palerno Protocol, shares a check-list to integrate survivor voices into program planning, and calls for enhancing data sharing among U.S. stake holders.  Here are some highlights from the report that may be useful for RHY grantees.

  • Promoting Human Trafficking Survivor Leadership and Input (pp.24-25)
  • The United States of America Status and Recommendations (pp.484-490)

You can check out these highlights and download the full report at https://www.state.gov/reports/2019-trafficking-in-persons-report/


Q&A: Youth Voice and Ramping Up Solutions

The Chronicle of Social Change interviewed Larry Cohen, director at Point Source Youth and organizer of the third National Symposium to End Youth Homelessness which occurred recently in NYC. Cohen explains how the HIV/AIDS movement informed his approach to tackling homelessness among unaccompanied youth, particularly among populations that are disproportionately affected. Additionally, the interview describes why and how the Symposium spotlights young people with lived experience, attracts not just providers but also funders and government officials, and adopts a celebratory tone. RHY providers can use Cohen’s advice to improve their own awareness raising and change efforts.

Access the full interview at https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news-2/domonique-jackson-keynoted-youth-homelessness-convening/35815


Washington State Initiatives Engage RHY Across Programs

A Youth Today report describes two new programs in WA taking a new approach to case management that isn’t tied to any one program or agency. Permanency Navigators serve youth as they enter and exit different shelters, programs and state systems. Youth Engagement Teams also find and support host homes for youth under 18. They pay small stipends, offer legal aid, and troubleshoot conflicts between hosts and RHY. Both programs attempt to build stability for youth who bounce from bed to couch to bed because of shelter stay limits and lack of affordable permanent housing options. RHY providers can learn from these developing initiatives, and consider ways to increase continuity for young people in their region.

Read the full article at https://youthtoday.org/2019/06/washington-state-tries-host-homes-permanency-navigators-for-homeless-teens/

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