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CHILDREN: November is homeless youth awareness month

Letter by Selinose Korah, Gig Harbor on Oct. 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm with 17 Comments »
October 30, 2010 6:53 am

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Many of us who live in Pierce County may be unaware that there are over 900 homeless and at risk youth under the age of 21 who live on the streets and in our community. Most of these children are run always from home or are at risk of doing so due to abuse at home.

We are StandUp For Kids Tacoma, the local chapter for a national organization that had been in existence for 20 years. The mission of StandUp For Kids is to help homeless kids.

Staffed by volunteers, we conduct weekly outreaches at locations in and around Tacoma. We provide clothing and food and most importantly tell them that we care about them and then at every point prove it.

The most heartbreaking aspect of youth homelessness is these are children who still have the same dreams as ordinary children, but have lost their developmental nurturing years mainly due to the absence of someone who cares.

It is a national shame that as the richest most powerful country in the world we unknowingly allow an estimated 13 kids to die on the street everyday from suicide, disease and violence.

If you come across a homeless youth or someone who may be at risk of becoming homeless please have them call 888-365-4543. If you like to volunteer or support us in any way please go to our website at http://standupforkids.org/ and choose Tacoma Program.

Selinose Korah is the co-executive director, StandUp For Kids-Tacoma.

Leave a comment Comments → 17
  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    It could be that in our liberal school system the kids are being coddled into believing that the parents have no right to administer discipline to their children and therefore they leave home voluntarily!! If they can’t find comfort from the naive on the street, they may just go home and grow up a little!!

  2. yabetchya says:

    3rd,,,,Sometimes kids have no where to go. Saying that, I don’t think you can just blame absolutly one reason. Schools, they were not the start of the problem. Who is ? Parents giving up their right to parent.

  3. nwcolorist says:

    I would agree that parents are the key to this. However, the schools have played a part, over the years, by attempting to gain control over the children at the expense of the family unit. Thankfully, that threat has been, and continues to be blunted by a growing number of family oriented groups getting the word out.

  4. Regardless of who’s to blame, when you stand face-to-face with a kid in this situation, it doesn’t really matter. These kids aren’t stats to use in a political debate, they are real people who’ve lost their way.

    Everyone wins because of folks willing to reach out to others. I’ve written down the number provided here. Thank you.

  5. Why are kids so often singled for our mercies?

  6. Sozo – two thumbs up.

  7. TheOutlawJoseyWhales says:

    Austria, 1936: The Nazi propaganda machine, working through the school system, turns Austrian youth against their parents by telling them their parents aren’t as smart as them. By 1938, the Anschluss was imminent. The Nazi’s waltzed right into Austria and took over their properties and wealth, while hunting down all known jews, gays, spies and “other,” for a long, cold train ride and something even worse after that.
    These kids, and their parents before them, have been cheated by the mandatory public school decree, and they won’t even get the glory of their own Anschluss. The revolution has failed, just as badly as that Argentine ‘freedom fighter,’ Che Guevarra, who’s picture they wear on their hoodies, quite appropriately.

  8. Adults must be held accountable. We show more mercy to kids because they ARE kids.

    For a long time now, I have made no secret of the fact that I think schools have lost their mission and have become part of a big social change agenda machine. I believe this is a huge part of the problems we face with our youth today. The entertainment industry has also gone completely awry.

    I was looking through an old high school yearbook the other night, 1965. Things were imperfect back then, of course…this is a broken world…but there was evidence of respect for authority and even reverence for a higher power in the pages of that yearbook. It WAS a more innocent time, and I’m sorry the kids of today don’t get to experience it.

  9. DevilDog2019 says:

    This is what happens when you let kids raise babies instead of adopting out or having an abortion. These kids weren’t ready to be here. But our society has said that it is okay. We will help you, and once that kid is a teen you are on your own.

    It may sound like I’m off base, but out of all these 900 or so kids, ask them how old Mommy is. I would venture to say at least 90% would have a Mom that is 1/2 their age.

  10. NWflyfisher says:

    Let’s not forget other worthy causes. November is also:

    Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
    American Diabetes Month
    Aviation Month
    COPD Awareness month
    Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month
    Epilepsy Awareness Month
    Good Nutrition Month
    Hunger Awareness Month
    Latin American Month
    Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    National AIDS Awareness Month
    National American Indian Heritage Month
    National Diabetes Awareness Month
    National Epilepsy Month
    National Georgia Pecan Month
    National Family Caregiver’s Month
    National Long Term Care Awareness Month
    National Novel Writing Month
    National Novel Writing Month
    National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
    National Pepper Month
    National Pomegranate Month
    National Raisin Bread Month
    National Red Ribbon Month (anti-drunk driving)
    National Stamp Collecting Month
    Native American Heritage Month
    Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
    Vegan Awareness Month

  11. cwestling says:

    Folks, living on the streets is neither fun nor easy. The vast majority of these kids are not out there because they were brainwashed by the school system or because they are mad because Mom took their cell phone away.

    Many kids leave home to escape physical or sexual abuse. Others leave because their parents are addicts and allow dangerous people into their homes. Still others are 18 year olds who have aged out of the foster system and have nowhere else to go.

    There are kids who leave home unnecessarily, but those kids typically return home within a short period of time.

  12. That’s quite the ludicrous leap Devildog.

  13. So, they are holding hands and handing out socks. Big deal. What we need in this county is beds for unaccompanied youth. There are no shelters specifically for youth in this area, and youth are frequently terrified of going to the adult shelters. Kids are also frightened of the foster care system. Yeah, a hug and coat are nice, but there are so many churches offering this. Put your resources to something this community needs – beds.

  14. BlaineCGarver says:

    Quote: “It is a national shame that as the richest most powerful country in the world we unknowingly allow an estimated 13 kids to die on the street everyday from suicide, disease and violence.”

    Unknowingly allow…..??!!?? That’s an illogical statement……

    Anyway, are you including 18-21 year olds? They have the option to legally leave. You’ll find that a great many will not want to follow rules about attending school, or not using alcohol/drugs, or other parental boundries. Unless they are mentally ill, every person out there knows how to find help. Every single one. You can lead a horse to water, etc……

  15. Sozo – still with you on this issue. Great return to DevilDog.

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