Doing What's Needed: Providing Meaningful Services to Diverse Street Youth Populations
This presentation explores the alarming increase of street youth populations in Canada and Latin America, noting the distinct and diverse characteristics of this heterogenous population. Street youth 'careers' are examined — highlighting how young people enter street life, cope and survive on the street, and for some, the exiting process. Moreover, data from in-depth interviews across Canada (approximately 150 street youth and 60 service providers) suggest patterns of street disengagement and what diverse services/projects appear to attract hard-core street youth populations. As such, this presentation looks at "what works" and "what doesn't work" in supporting young people who are living on the street.
Keywords: Street Kids, Homeless Youth, Service Delivery, Shelters, Drop-in Clinics, Lessons from the Field
Ms. Joanne Parker
Health Outcomes Research Unit, Dalhousie University
Dr. Jeff Karabanow
Assistant Professor, Maritime School of Social Work, International Development Studies, Dalhousie University