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Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and the numbers aren’t pretty. One in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the US, according to a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness. (A distressing enough story to get a pre-teen journalist to write about it for IndyKids.) As per UNICEF, the USA has a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of $16.8 trillion, yet has the developed world’s second highest rate of child poverty. Depressing...

Did You Know:  Approximately One-Third Homeless Population In America Are Youth. Finally the bell rang and school was over. Students gathered their materials and excitedly scampered into the hallways; sounds of laughing, loud talking, and lockers clanking echoed in the background. All of the students were eager to exit the building anticipating the long weekend; that is all but one, Jeremy. Jeremy relished the comfort of the school building. It was the only place in his life that provided safety, security and...

The Overview Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness, of which 700,000 are unaccompanied minors, meaning they are not part of a family or accompanied by a parent or guardian. On any given night, approximately 41,000 unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 experience homelessness. The Voices of Youth Count from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago also found that: One in 10 young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness...