(Note: This is part of an assignment for SW 642-Advanced Policy Practice course students who were challenged to write and publish their policy advocacy themes concerning burning issues affecting our community and state.)
In Minnesota, there are over 2,500 youth considered homeless on any night, and this is believed to be a gross underestimate, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Youth who are homeless are at a high risk of sexual victimization, mental and physical health concerns, substance abuse, and involvement in criminal activity. Typically, we do not see these youth out on the streets holding signs, or living in parks, like we may see in other homeless populations. This does not mean they do not exist, nor that they do not need your help.