In 2007, Congress established November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
For over 48 years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) has been Boston’s foremost agency providing crucial programs and services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.
Last year over 40,000 teenagers and young adults under age 25 were experiencing homelessness nationwide.
Many are on the streets through no fault of their own. Youth become homeless because they age out of the foster care system, experience abuse, or face sexual discrimination.
Bridge serves 2,000 homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth each year.
Bridge’s effective, age-appropriate services guide youth to achieve their dreams and become self-sufficient members of society.
“It is overwhelming to be a teenager or young adult, have lost your safety net, and not know where to turn to,” said Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters. “Our programs and resources give youth the tools they need to overcome troubled times and achieve their own futures.”
To better address youth homelessness, Bridge is working on several initiatives this month:
· Launching app – first of its kind in Massachusetts –which provides critical information for youth experiencing homelessness
· Collaborating with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth on a focus group with youth experiencing homelessness
· Hosting Bridge 2 The Future event at City Winery in downtown Boston, providing the community an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and contribute
· Opening Liberty House in partnership with Liberty Mutual Insurance, providing eight co-op apartments for Bridge youth to reside in as they establish their financial independence and stability