Homeless Youth Share Their Experiences and Stories November 14


11/5/2013

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The Cambridge GLBT Commission and Youth on Fire (YOF) are sponsoring a free event on the subject matter of youth homelessness Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway. There will be an opening reception with food and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Program begins promptly at 6 p.m.

Members from YOF will share their personal experiences of homelessness and surviving on the streets as GLBTQ young adults. Carly Burton, Deputy Director of MassEquality and Chair of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth’s Working Group on Services for LGBTQ Youth, will also give an update on the statewide policy work around homeless youth issues.

The evening will include the premiere of “No Place Like Home,” a documentary bringing the viewer from the safety of a daytime drop-in center for youth and into the streets. Daily survival means navigating through a harsh climate of abject judgment, hopelessness and unimaginable abuse. The event will conclude with a question and answer segment.

There are estimated to be 1.6 million unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness in the country. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) estimates there are approximately 6,000 students enrolled in public schools who are not in the custody of a parent or legal guardian and homeless, though service providers estimate this number to be significantly higher. Approximately 40% of young adults on the streets identify as GLBTQ. All experience a combination of family rejection, violence, depression, harassment, stigma, and overall diminished health outcomes.

Come hear the real stories of youth who survive on the streets every day and get an opportunity to listen to their experiences and perspectives on being homeless. Learn about myths, facts, and what you can potentially do to assist with this growing social crisis.

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Youth on Fire, a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth. Located in Harvard Square, YOF has served over 3000 individual youth since its founding in 2000. The mission of Youth On Fire is to strive to help as many youth as possible have healthy lifestyles, stay HIV, STI, and HCV-negative, and seek greater stability through supports, services, and opportunities for leadership and development


The Cambridge GLBT Commission is committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. The mission of the Cambridge GLBT Commission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. We are committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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