YOUTH STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM
The street outreach program employs a Program Director, a Case Manager and two Youth Advocates that provide street outreach activities including: one on one interventions, information dissemination, meal sites, distribution of Life Paks (consisting of basic clothing, resource cards, non-perishable foods), crisis intervention, risk/harm reduction, skills training and assistance in accessing medical/dental care, transportation, counseling, and residential services. The primary goal of the activities is to assist youth in establishing safer living conditions and in helping street youth stay physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy as they work towards getting off the streets.
The street outreach program operates seven days a week, 365 days a year with staff working late afternoons, evenings and weekends. Program staff target known geographic areas/locations where street yough congregate. Primary benefits of the program include: reduction of harm/exploitation of street yough; increased awareness and decreased reticence to access available services by street yough; the development of trusting relationships between street youth and service providers and assistance for youth in accessing safer living conditions.