Young People Are Having Unprotected Sex. So Are Those Who Are Homeless

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” -– G. M. Trevelyan

18 yr old youth. Raising a toddler and a newborn alone. And coming off a year of being homeless.

How much do you want to bet she has spent time in foster care?

She’s bounced from house to house. Fallen for the wrong type of guy twice. And slept on the steps of a church with a newborn baby.

And she credits two things to her newfound strength.

The first are two teachers from Bellevue West who took her in when she needed it most.

And the second is Youth Emergency Services for giving her the chance to be independent.

By letting her live at their maternity house and teaching her how to become the mother she works every day to be.

She will finish high school next year. She plans to join the Air Force.

She lives to show them a woman who works hard to finish a goal.

She doesn’t go on dates. She doesn’t meet up at the movies with friends or go out shopping with girlfriends.

She doesn’t have a babysitter on speed dial or a mommy group she can lean on.

She probably won’t go to prom or participate in after-school clubs.

The truth is, she spends all of her time either with her children, working or doing schoolwork.

And she has regrets. Many of them. But her children aren’t one.

They opened their arms to her and gave her a home.

A home with rules, chores and responsibilities. Discipline.

But most importantly, support. A great deal of support. Exactly what a home should have.

We are here to secure permanent homes for our homeless youth. And give them the support services they need to succeed.

Just like every other 17 or 18 year old youth out here.

Homeless youth advocacy is about leveling the playing field. And any barrier standing in the way of it. That's it.

And our homeless youth can compete on any level with other youth in their same age and demographic field. Any other one.

“Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” -– G. M. Trevelyan