Runaway and Homeless Youth
Reaching homeless and runaway teens can be challenging, although research has shown that the internet and social media may be a promising way to engage these youth and help increase positive sexual health outcomes. Programs targeting homeless youth should be tailored to duration of homelessness, gender, and sexual orientation. (Gowen, L. K., & Aue, N., Eds., 2011. Sexual Health Disparities among Disenfranchised Youth. Portland, OR: Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority and Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University).
A 2015 single night count of homeless individuals in Minnesota found 1,463 unaccompanied youth and 3,296 youth under 17 accompanied by parents who were homeless. (Wilder Research. 2016. Homelessness in Minnesota: Key findings: 2015 Minnesota Homeless Study.) These youth have unique experiences and require programming that is specific to their needs.
Articles and Resources
- Journal of Adolescent Health
- Runaway and Pregnant: Risk Factors Associated with Pregnancy in a National Sample of Runaway/Homeless Female Adolescents (PDF: 331K/13pgs)
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Runaway Youth/Homelessness/Youth Crisis Hotline Links
- The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
- Vulnerable Youth: A Closer Look at Reproductive Health Outcomes (PDF: 1.08MB/6pgs)
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness (PDF: 3.44MB/199pgs)
- Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures
- Sexual Health Disparities Among Disenfranchised Youth