We have all seen them while running errands or having a coffee with a friend in a downtown cafe – children and youth who look like they haven’t seen a comfortable bed, hot shower, or complete meal in far too long. But, most of us will just have a fleeting thought of sympathy or even of judgment and then move on with our day’s activities.
This design is meant to highlight that these young people struggle far more than we can see in one glance. Many of them live through abuse, neglect, extreme conditions and judgment on a daily basis. This piece displays some of the issues that street youth encounter daily to inspire us all to really see them and strive to help them improve their lives.
Artist: Marika Kraukle
Every year, 4.2 million youth and young persons experience homelessness. (NCSL)
48% of street youth engaged in a commercial sex activity because they felt they didn’t have a safe place to stay otherwise. (1-800-Runaway)
Question: What could you do within your own community to help homeless and at risk youth?
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