How does a youth or teenager
If you asked someone to describe a “homeless”
person, it is unlikely that the description would
include a teenager in school. Yet, the homeless
youth population is estimated to be between
500,000 and 1.3 million (Center for Law and
Social Policy, 2003).
- Of this group, many leave home to escape
problems such as physical and sexual abuse,
drug abuse and family confl ict. An estimated
46 percent of homeless youth have been
physically abused and 17 percent have
experienced unwanted sexual activity by a
family or household member. An estimated 66
percent reported having an alcoholic parent.
(Children’s Action Alliance, 2005)
- Some youth may become homeless due to
fi nancial crises suffered by the family.
- Close to half of homeless youth were told by
their parents to leave home.
What is a young person to do in this
Homeless adolescents often suffer from severe
anxiety and depression, poor health and nutrition,
and low self-esteem.
Now, in Springfield, there is help and hope. A
new program, “Empowering Youth,” provides
shelter and critical after-care services for homeless
youth ages 10 to 18.
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri’s Empowering
Youth program was created to address the needs
of homeless youth in Southwest Missouri. Our
mission is to provide the support and guidance
homeless youth need to transition to safe and
If you are a youth in need of…
- Life skills
- Job training
- Safe environment
- Counseling services
We can help you.
Empowering Youth will provide…
- Resource Guide - Connecting youth with
community resources to promote success.
- Life Skills - Equipping youth with job
training, living skills and self confi dence.
- Positive Environment - We offer a variety
of recreational activities, events and
- Emergency Shelter - We have an
emergency shelter for youth ages 10 to 18.
The shelter provides food, clothing and
other basic essentials.
- Case Planning - Assisting youth through
case management; individual, family and
group therapy, assessment and goal setting.
Empowering Youth goal…
The Empowering Youth program will continue
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri’s long-standing
tradition of serving the community through
Empowering Youth focuses on the opportunity
to create positive change in the midst of crisis.
Our goal is to empower homeless youth
through access to community resources, a safe
environment and a supportive staff.
The Empowering Youth program is dedicated
to giving homeless youth a ray of hope and a
chance for a brighter tomorrow.