November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007. Since then, November has been a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness. As many as 2.5 million youth per year experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youth are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.
San Diego was honored to have our local Councilmember Chris Ward join us for the kick off of the National Homeless Youth Awareness month as we continue to work towards ending youth homelessness.
Councilmember Chris Ward with Teri Burg, Executive Director of StandUp For Kids – San Diego