Episode 7: Youth Homelessness

By Brendan Williams, Nine Network of Public Media

More than 1.6 million homeless youth are in the United States, and 9,000 of them are in Missouri, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.

St. Louis could have more than 1,500 homeless youth in the area, but Covenant House is working to lower that figure.

 Homeless children face issues that affect crucial aspects of their early childhood development, with problems in:

  • learning
  • emotional self-regulation
  • cognitive skills
  • social relationships

Covenant House empowers homeless youth to live independently and to become contributing members of the community. They also teach the youth important skills in cooking, financial literacy, personal budgeting and more. In addition, they work to advocate for these youth to help raise awareness of the issues in their community. They are founded on the principle that “all children and youth have a right to love, respect, and genuine concern.”

Covenant House Missouri workers and a few youth who have experienced being homeless firsthand and are now on the path to success spoke to us in this episode.

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Youth Homelessness” is a part of the Building Blocks web series.

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