Videos and Webinars

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Homeless Children in Minnesota and their Families

Based on findings from the Minnesota homeless study conducted by Wilder Research, this video takes an in-depth look at trends and issues of homelesss children and their families, who now make up more than one-third of homeless people in Minnesota.

20/20 Special on Homeless Youth

Homeless Teens on Minnesota’s Iron Range
Documentary by Mesabi Range College Upward Bound students which presents many statistics and stories from homeless teenagers.

MN Homelessness 101
This is another short documentary that shows the statistics of youth homelessness in Minnesota. The purpose of this video is to inspire, motivate, and change the attitudes of youth in the metro area to notice and act upon the issue of youth homelessness and get involved. I hope you enjoy.

Homelessness in Greater Minnesota
Panelist Liz Kuoppala, Executive Director, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, talks about homelessness in rural Minnesota at Wilder Research’s Perspectives Breakfast on homelessness held May 25, 2010

Ending Youth Homelessness in Minnesota
Hear stories of homeless youth, and learn what you can to ensure that all kids in Minnesota have a safe and stable place to live.

Safe Haven – Helping Homeless Youth
Safe Haven is a Minnesota-based non-profit whose mission is to create change in the lives of youth and young adults through strength-based services.

Youth Homelessness – The Spoken Word
Michael Lee, youth worker at Avenues for Homeless Youth, shares a spoken word piece on youth homelessness.

Homeless Teens in Twin Cities Metro
WCCO-TV news story about homeless teens in the Twin Cities metro

Minnesota: Video Portrait of Homeless Youth Russel Daye (explicit language)
Russell Daye is 18, homeless, and he loves to sing. “Everybody has their own path.” said Daye, who’s been on the streets of Minneapolis since he moved from Iowa two years ago. “Homeless is just another road bump in that path.” Eventually he hopes to become a District Attorney.

A Place to Call Home Interview Video: Theresa
Theresa, a youth experiencing homelessness in Rochester, MN, shares her experiences.

MPR News: Youth in the Economy: Violence, Poverty, Evictions on the Rise
Justin Terrell, a youth empowerment counselor at South Minneapolis’ Bridge for Runaway Youth, takes Minnesota Public Radio on a tour of the facility while telling us about the differences he’s seeing in the current economic climate- including violence, poverty, and evictions.

Historic Jewish Orphanage is now a Teen Homeless Shelter
Each year, more than 30,000 Minnesota youth find themselves unable to live at home. Since 1919, almost 3,000 of them have lived at a particular North Minneapolis building. When they leave, some return to their own families, some begin new chapters with foster families, colleges, or their own apartments. Some return to the streets.

From a Minnesota History Center exhibit titled “We couldn’t live at home”, co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. The project, seeks to stimulate discussion about children and youth who live in foster care, in incarceration, in homeless shelters, couch-hopping and on the streets; the young people who “couldn’t live at home”. Curated by Kate Searls, founder of The Sheltering Home Chronicles.

Video on LifeHouse Shelter in Duluth
An emotional story that puts faces on Life House’s quality work toward effecting systematic change to best meet the changing needs of at risk and homeless youth in Duluth and surrounding communities

The Link – Celebrating 20 years

The mission of The Link is to build a supportive community network that links youth and their families to their inner strength through life skills, education, advocacy, supportive housing and a dynamic network of social services to transform lives. For more information check out our website at ww.thelinkmn.org.

Webinars

“Harm Reduction Model for Youth”

Harm reduction is a model that has been very successful helping youth experiencing homelessness gain stability and direction. Using harm reduction for youth requires adapting the model to develop a youth appropriate intervention focused on positive development. Panelists Bob Mecum and Geoffrey Hollenbach from Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati, OH and Jon Bradley and Chris Bicknell from Preble Street in Portland, ME will joined Jennifer Ho and three youth who have experienced homelessness in an interactive forum.  The panel discussed the basics of a harm reduction model for youth and the benefits gained from meeting youth where they are at, offering them the supports and trusting relationships they need to gain stability.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Grantees Webinar: Opening Doors and What it Means for Youth

USICH Deputy Director Jennifer Ho moderates a question and answer session with USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe, Lighthouse Youth Services President Bob Mecum, and two youths in Cincinnati who have experienced homelessness.

The webinar is introduced by HHS’ Acting Associate Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Curtis Porter

The discussion goes into detail about strategies that work to end youth homelessness and steps we must take to make the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020 a reality.

Creating Trauma-Informed Programs: Youth Drop-In Centers and Beyond
This webcast explores strategies and challenges to creating trauma-informed services in a drop-in center for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Ayala Livny from Youth On fire, a drop-in center in Cambridge MA will share her program’s experiences with trauma-informed care, along with trauma expert, Kathleen Guarino of the National Center on FamilyHomelessness. This dialogue will offer important information about the basics of becoming trauma-informed and best practices in drop-in centers.

Supporting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Accessing Higher Education National Coalition on Homeless Education, 2011
This webinar, geared towards the homeless education community, provides important information about Higher Education Act provisions allowing unaccompanied homeless youth to apply for federal financial aid for college as independent students. Topics include:
– A brief primer on the McKinney-Vento Act and unaccompanied homeless youth
– Determining independent student status for unaccompanied homeless youth filling out the FAFSA
– Building community collaboration to support unaccompanied homeless college students

Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services National Coalition on Homeless Education, 2011
How do I know if a student’s living arrangement qualifies as “homeless”?; including:
– What do the terms “fixed”, “regular”, and “adequate” mean?
– Are all doubled-up families homeless?
– How do I know if a child should be considered “awaiting foster care placement”
– How do I know if a residence should be considered substandard housing?

Supporting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth NASFAA. 2012
This webinar covers Title IV provisions allowing unaccompanied homeless youth to apply for federal financial aid for college as independent students. It is presented jointly by NASFAA and the National Center for Homeless Education.Topics include:
– A brief primer on the McKinney-Vento Act and unaccompanied homeless youth
– Determining student status for unaccompanied homeless youth filling out the FAFSA
– Building community collaboration to support unaccompanied homeless college students

Ending Youth Homelessness: Strategies for Increasing Community Support and Improving Your Ten Year Plan